Why I Support President Obama (Part II)

February 11, 2012

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Post by Joseph M –

I tried to stay rather upbeat (and nice) in my last post when I expressed my primary reason for supporting President Obama (expansion of access to healthcare in America), but in reality, I am not completely satisfied with how everything turned out. I am disappointed that we did not get the public option. While many in the far-left Democratic camp wanted a single payer system, I feel that this might be too much, too far, too Canada to ever get passed in Washington D.C. However, I wish that more moderate Democrats and Republicans would have gone “all in” and gotten us the public option; I suppose they were afraid of what might happen (and ultimately did happen) back home at election time. Yes, it appeared that many senators and representatives, in hopes of preserving their jobs in congress, carefully walked the edge of the healthcare blade in hopes that they would not be implicated by the far right when the final tally of votes was taken. But alas, the bloodletting of the 2010 congressional elections seemed to come straight out of the Rambo film franchise; the tea party republicans went for the gut, and bloody entrails were scattered across the ground. The moderate Dems and Repubs lost their jobs in such high numbers the unemployment rate ticked up half a percentage point (and yes, Obama was blamed for that too.) Even the beloved (but not far enough to the right?) Bob Bennett, Senator from Utah and grandson of Heber J. Grant, lost out to a tea party candidate, the some nameless son of Rex E. Lee, former president of BYU.

Even with the healthcare reform, millions of Americans will still be without coverage without a public option in place. I don’t see anything Christian about the refusal to provide healthcare to American citizens, and their reasons always involve some sort of judgment of the poor: they’re without healthcare because they don’t want to work; they’re lazy, they want free handouts; they don’t take care of their health; it is their fault they are fat, or smoke, or don’t exercise, or eat Krispy Kremes, (insert whatever you want to here – just be aware that wealthy people are perfectly healthy and never eat doughnuts or smoke cigarettes and thus deserve their healthcare.) I’ve become so frustrated with the Christian Right that I’m somewhat pleased that they don’t claim us Mormons as Christian; in fact, it’s gotten to the point that when I’m asked if I’m Christian, I feel as if I want to answer, “Heck no. I’m Mormon.”

I know that name-calling happens on both sides of the political spectrum, but the raucousness that ensued during the healthcare debate in congress (the town hall meetings, Sarah Palin’s death panel, charges of socialism) seemed to come very heavily from the conservatives. This wailing and gnashing of teeth only served to strengthen my feeling of resolve that Obama’s plan was not only moral, but the right plan for America. He advocated a moderate plan that even the insurance companies could stand behind, and it’s actually such a middle-of the road stance that many in Obama’s own party disapproved.

I personally felt saddened by the loss of the public option, and my very liberal sister and I discussed the issue numerous times over the phone. She was angry that President Obama didn’t fight harder for the public option: “Why is he being so weak? Why isn’t he standing up to those Hatriots in Washington?” But I told her then, and I say it now: in the end, Obama’s willingness to compromise and let it go only proved his skills as a leader. Healthcare reform was passed, millions more can now be covered. While Republicans dig in their heels on anything that Obama proposes and supports, he continues on. And so do we continue on in our support of him. Obama 2012.

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8 Comments on “Why I Support President Obama (Part II)”

  1. NOTSONUTSO Says:

    I didn’t realize I am “very liberal.” 😀

    • Eli Blake Says:

      I still remember the first Mormon politician I ever heard about. Morris Udall. He would have made a great President, too.

  2. Chyrell Linville Nawatny Says:

    This is just one reason I support President Obama as well. I can only imagine what Obama could have accomplished had he not been handcuffed and shackled by the misinformed hate monger obstructionists and negative propaganda from day one.

    • Bubba Says:

      Yeah, like during the first two years in office when he had Democrat majorities in the House and Senate.

      • Eli Blake Says:

        And, in his first two years he did: get the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Stimulus, student loan reform, health care reform, save and revive the American auto industry, Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform, the Russian missile treaty ratified and repealed DADT.

        Nonetheless the point is well taken, As I’m sure you know it now requires 60 votes to get anything through the Senate (and thanks to ‘secret holds’ it takes 100 votes to appoint department heads) so there is far more he could have done in very trying times had not the GOP from day one decided not to work with him, even when he reached out to them.

  3. Eli Blake Says:

    I was raised Jewish and became LDS on my 23rd birthday (in other words, 27 years ago this coming August.) I now live in a small, heavily LDS rural community in Arizona, and am the Democratic county chair.

    I believe that taking care of your neighbors means ensuring they can get treated if they need health care. Let’s face it, your home teacher can give you a blessing, but if you have cancer you may also need professional (and expensive) medical care. Your priesthood leaders may not be oncologists, and the church welfare system in your ward may not be able to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for your treatment. In other words, the church has a place but insurance reform is necessary. Only President Obama was bold enough to push it forward, and patient enough to see it through. Now we need it implemented so that not being treated for lack of insurance, or going broke in the process, is no longer a danger. To ANY American.

  4. Dominick Says:

    17 Miracles explainsthe fundamental sacrifice earlly members made as to the Chursch. Many of of you who read this will not agree but you please I plead do not forgive your promise and your spiritual inheritarance .

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