Revealed: Obama came up with ObamaCare because he needed a throwaway applause line in a campaign speech

posted at 11:21 am on September 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

Dan McLaughlin’s right: This really is the most Obama thing ever.

Knowing what you know about him, if you had to guess the genesis of his biggest domestic legislative initiative, which would you guess? That he spent years studying the issue, consumed by the intricacies of health-care policy and determined to make a difference if ever placed in a position to do so? Or that he needed a killer line for one of his speeches and couldn’t let pass a golden opportunity to grandstand? QED. Even the transformation of American health care is but a subplot to Hopenchange image-making.

Soon-to-be-candidate Obama, then an Illinois senator, was thinking about turning down an invitation to speak at a big health care conference sponsored by the progressive group Families USA [in January 2007], when two aides, Robert Gibbs and Jon Favreau, hit on an idea that would make him appear more prepared and committed than he actually was at the moment.

Why not just announce his intention to pass universal health care by the end of his first term?…

“We needed something to say,” recalled one of the advisers involved in the discussion. “I can’t tell you how little thought was given to that thought other than it sounded good. So they just kind of hatched it on their own. It just happened. It wasn’t like a deep strategic conversation.”…

The candidate jumped at it. He probably wasn’t going to get elected anyway, the team concluded. Why not go big?

I can’t quote much more due to fair use but you should read the rest to see how the pattern recurred during the 2008 campaign. Not until two months after he made the promise described above did he bother to get up to speed on health-care policy, and that was only because Hillary destroyed him over it at an SEIU candidate forum. (It seems looooong ago now but candidate Obama actually argued against Clinton’s preference for an individual mandate on the trail. Why? “Aides say Obama was simply looking for any way to differentiate himself from an opponent whose basic policy positions were indistinguishable from his own.”) Later it was Ted Kennedy who pressed him to stick with health-care reform by making his endorsement semi-contingent upon O doing so. Once Obama got to the Oval Office, Rahm Emanuel pleaded with him to find something else to focus on in his first year but O insisted on forging ahead because, unlike Bill Clinton, he didn’t get elected to “do school uniforms.” He had, as usual, come to believe his own bullsh*t about the grandiosity of Hopenchange, and having orated his way into the presidency, he probably figured (not without reason) that he could sell the country on a new health-care boondoggle too. It’s been a thorn in his side ever since, and the pain’s only going to get worse.

What’s striking about this story is how it mirrors the genesis of his half-assed “red line” on Syria. That was also the product of an idle remark that sounded good at the time on a subject that Obama obviously didn’t consider a high priority. Just as health-care reform became a test of his credibility on the left as a candidate, propelling him into a fight he didn’t necessarily want, the “red line” became a test of his credibility as commander-in-chief. The big divergence among the two comes right before the outcome: O felt comfortable plowing ahead on O-Care because he had tons of support for it among his own party, but when it came time to punch Assad in the face, the support wasn’t there so he chickened out. He’s willing to damage himself and his party to pursue idealistic policies that are virtually guaranteed to backfire in implementation, but he’s not going out on the limb by himself.

Bear all of this in mind today while you’re reading the Times’s story about the newest trade-off under ObamaCare. Premiums might end up being lower for some people, but there’s a reason, and it’s not one you’ll like. Exit question: How is it that this story about the genesis of O-Care has never been reported before?

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Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

The harlot has spoken, the scumhag.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

It’s almost like he says stuff for how it comes across, to get an effect, and the meaning in the words he uses, if there is any, comes in a distant second to that “image” he creates.

/just words?

Paul-Cincy on September 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Obama came up with ObamaCare because he needed a throwaway … line

A throwaway line begat a throwaway law…

socalcon on September 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Really is that the story, they are sticking to:

narciso on September 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Exit question: How is it that this story about the genesis of O-Care has never been reported before?

Because O has an adoring media, perhaps?

MT on September 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM

BS… Pretending that this is anything but a planned path to Single Payer is the epitome of living in denial.

Kaptain Amerika on September 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Exit question: How is it that this story about the genesis of O-Care has never been reported before?

Because it’s some new bullshit that they just made up.

S. D. on September 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM

It wasn’t really a throw-away; it was just the first smelly fish he grabbed from the bag of 100+ year old Progressive holy grails. These Marxists have been very clear in their agenda for a VERY long time. Few of them are actually evil. They are just apocalyptically naive.

321mdl on September 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Bmore is on vacation

Bmore ++

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

…he’s working his ba11s off…at his moms house…

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Have I missed this being posted somewhere on this site?

Meltdown in Washington: President Obama Reported Sedated Following Emotional Breakdown

Has anyone got any more news on this?

avagreen on September 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Exit question: How is it that this story about the genesis of O-Care has never been reported before?

Because it’s some new bullshit that they just made up.

S. D. on September 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM

I second and third this. It’s just a buncha bullshit to further the big fat blankin’ lie that is Obumuh and they know the low infObumuhbotzombiedumbasses and the slimestream media enablers will lap it up like the good little lapdogs they are..

stukinIL4now on September 23, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Meltdown in Washington: President Obama Reported Sedated Following Emotional Breakdown

Late this afternoon White House insiders leaked information stating the president has suffered a mental breakdown and is presently resting and under a doctors care. This afternoon the National Report received three calls on our nationwide hot tip line (206) 222-1975. Two of the three callers are insiders known to the National Report to be reliable confidential informants.

The caller unknown to this publication is a low level employee who could only state that there was some kind of a medical emergency involving President Obama. The other two callers known to us are both support personnel within the Obama administration. Both confirmed this week has been a political disaster for the president and this has taken a tremendous toll on him.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Valerie Jarrett reports that everything is under control, not to worry.

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Biggest American scam artist & society destroyer in history. He thinks he’s too slick to get caught in a scandal. History don’t lie. In the end, all will come out. The Corrupt Liberal Media can only suppress the truth foro long.

RdLake on September 24, 2013 at 1:46 AM

The national report thing has been appearing for a few days now, and it is a fake news site… but I saw it on a Syrian site… they picked it up and well that’s probably not a good sign.

The actual news appears to be completely made up. Shame that.

Now as for the fact that the stupid letter I have right her be side me at the computer says: “Your current (not naming my insurance for privacy) will discontinue on December31, 2013 due to changes required by healthcare reform…..If we don’t hear from you we’ll automatically move you….but we have a range of new plans you can choose from….”

That stupid letter… and the extra cost… that I haven’t figured out yet… because I have several pages I must wade through to figure it all out… all of this crap is because that stupid, stupid, stupid, man needed a throw away line to use against Hillary????????

Mad? nooooooo why would you say that!!!!!!!!!!

petunia on September 24, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Wow. We would be in a better place if instead of Obamacare as an applause line he wanted right turn on red lights the law of all the land.

stop2think on September 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM

So a Pandercrat’s chief accomplishment was born of pandering….

It’s a surprise that it’s this simple. That it happened is no surprise.

It’s funny that Teddy held Obama to this request, because Teddy used to campaign that he got all his medical bills paid by the government and there was no reason for American citizens not to receive “the same care” as he.

Axeman on September 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Obama’s the guy who unplugs the Iron Lung and laughs “while looking cool” as “things run down.”

“Hey, guys,” he says smartly, “we need to rethink this Iron Lung Thing, it’s too bulky and makes too much noise and what about those who don’t need one and don’t have one.”

Meanwhile, Lung slowly stops pumping and everyone looks admirably at Obama, who sure looks smart.

Lourdes on October 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Thinking back to not so long ago when Obama was campaigning for the Presidency and “shared” at a townhall meeting, so-called, that only months earlier, he “didn’t have enough in (his) checking account to make a long distance telephone call.”

That SHOULD have told the voting public about an incompetent poser. Perhaps most of us have faced being broke at one time or another but when that’s the crowing skill on your resume — such that you boast about it campaigning for President — that doesn’t bode well for your abilities soon thereafter to be CEO of a nation.

Lourdes on October 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Now that the Left and Progressives on the Right have *had the experience* of electing someone to the Presidency based upon the color of his skin, does any of us here think they’ll learn from that? Now they’re going for electing someone based upon their gender. The Left never learns, they just re-engage failed behaviors.

Lourdes on October 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

When small men cast long shadows, you know the sun is setting.

Cleombrotus on September 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Excellently wise statement.

Lourdes on October 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

There’s no mystery about why Obamacare was rammed through by a compliant Democratic Congress, without telling the taxpaying public the truth. We all know it now, and the conservative half of the country knew it even before the great They did it. Barack Obama is an ignorant man who was elevated by the Democratic Party, a do-gooder racialist element, a beguiled minority population, and their sycophantic public media (but I repeat myself, as they say) to a position far beyond his capabilities. He didn’t expect to win the presidency, but it happened that he did. At that point, he saw himself ordained by God to lead the world into Heaven On Earth, and he, still in his little shriveled heart, thinks he can bring it about with his pretty words and his unique heritage (which, judging by his history in office, does not skew toward the Western, largely white, world). Obamacare is an instrument of his hubris, and he will always be blind to the destruction he has caused.

RebeccaH on December 29, 2014 at 9:39 PM