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Obamacare takes the cake.

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Here is one example from the year in review of 1080 articles produced as the National Politics Examiner: Obamacare.

Filing a story while in London on January 2, 2013, the news was that the U.S. government would remain open by passing a budget. Of course the crisis continued throughout the year with torment and turmoil while conservatives sought to leverage their way by shutting down the government and blackmailing the President.

“News is ablaze with fiscal passage in America
January 2, 2013

Reporting from London, markets are up around the world this morning because the American government has settled down for the moment to restore order."

The budget crisis continued, even though citizens and the world expected and wanted stability from the American government and political system. That just hasn’t happened until now, maybe. December 12, 2013

Did voters elect Republicans to shut down government?
January 7, 2013

Some freshmen congressional representatives think they were elected to throw a wrench in government as if we don’t have enough dysfunction already. What states and districts produced these beasts? Their districts should be targeted for assistance claims..."

Voters didn’t elect Congress to shut down the government, but they did it anyway.

“Least popular Senator McConnell to lead entitlements negotiations
January 9, 2013

John Boehner, GOP Speaker of the House has already demonstrated his ineffectiveness and now Senator Mitch McConnell, who barely won re-election in Kentucky is now on point to address what Republicans call “entitlements.”Americans must keep…”

The least popular Senator, Mitch McConnell didn’t get much better, and still resists a budget compromise.

“Cost shifting at USPS won't solve problems
January 9, 2013

The GAO wants the Postal Service to prefund retiree benefits, and the reason is to keep all of the costs in one place so that the business equation of the Postal Service can be properly evaluated. Frankly the USPS…”

Cost shifting at the US Postal Service wouldn’t solve problems, but maybe Amazon buying it would.

“Climate wrong topic: Sustainable economics is correct
January 9, 2013

Suzanne Goldenberg writes in today’s Guardian that President Obama listed “climate change” as one of several top priorities. My problem with that is multifold.Changing climate may be an indication that humanity on Earth is causing…”

Sustainable Economics is the correct topic, climate change is the symptom.

“America is on an unsustainable course: Crashing
January 10, 2013

At the end of this month, my co-author colleague, Dr. James Rodger will be heading to Hiroshima Japan to deliver our paper on sustainable economics. Today, the U.S. Chamber chief says that exploding debt is a threat..”.

It still is.

“Time to talk about leadership: Congressional Peter principle
January 14, 2013

Leadership is not something that happens automatically and usually is experienced and realized under adverse situations. When speaking about leadership, the topic spans a broad and deep spectrum. It is broadly spread across government and private enterprise, among organizations…”

Leadership is lacking all over the place.

“American seniors held in debt ceiling hostage crisis
January 14, 2013

Make no mistake where Republicans stand in the debt ceiling crisis that once again threatens government and seniors. They don’t care about Social Security and other essential benefits as they want to eliminate them and erase the…”

Still are.

“Republican lightweights obstruct economic progress
January 16, 2013

Who are these guys?This morning there is a story featuring three Republicans who were before called “default deniers” and who persist with the theme in denying the consequences of failing to lift the debt ceiling.”

That may have stopped today, December 12, 2013.

“President defends right to social well being
January 21, 2013

As America has become a more mature nation, we have gained the common understanding that one purpose for our nation is to optimize return on national resources and to provide a good life for all citizens.”

So did Pope Francis.

“Trail of tears for Washington Redskins (Photos)
February 7, 2013

Robert McCartney laid it on the line this morning in the Washington Post, calling for people to “drop the name ‘Redskins’" on the grounds that it offends Native Americans.”

Washington DC still needs a team. Native Americans want the name dropped because they are embarrassed by its performance.

“Iran creeping up with nuke (Photos)
February 22, 2013

There is awkwardness in being a great power like the US. First, we are a nuclear power like our adversaries, telling other sovereign nations not to do what we have done. Many did it anyway by our example…”

“Affordable healthcare is not an option: Boehner thinks it is
March 14, 2013

Obamacare is the law as upheld by the Supreme Court. The Affordable Healthcare Act ensures healthcare for all Americans, but Congress must fund it.First, it must be in the President’s budget, one that we have not…”

“Gay marriage is slam dunk for Supreme Court
March 22, 2013

Gay persons are equal under the law will likely be the decision.Because the law uses the term “marriage” in defining the distribution of benefits and allowances as in the instance of filing taxes as “married…”

“Obama unraveling possible Election 2014 victories
April 6, 2013

The Democrats thought they had the GOP on the ropes, pasting them with blame for sequester cuts and for holding out on needed revenues from taxes on the wealthy. They defeated the GOP on same sex marriage, and immigration…”

“American government is unresponsive: Teetering on downfall
April 9, 2013

While Americans glance at North Korea testing missiles and Iran building nuclear weapons with the prospect of having to engage in more hot wars, Congress is languishing in responsibility, threatening to strip Americans of health care and Social Security and…”

Still is.

“Conservatism is the great divider
April 25, 2013

Reading today about the effect of conservatism upon passing bipartisan immigration reform underscores the danger of where Republican conservatism can drive the nation. It is divisive in the extreme.The American political system and government is based upon bipartisanship…”

Proof is in the pudding.

“You have won the election and the 'second term curse'
May 13, 2013

Monday morning and Politico arrived to discuss that President Obama is staring down the second term curse. What does that mean?Riding high on the popularity last November so long ago, by May it is apparent that the obstructionists…”

“Time marches on in term 2: Some wonder about Obama
June 17, 2013

If you don’t know Barack Obama by now, you’ll never, never know him. For this citizen-journalist-observer, Barack Obama is the most what-you-see-is-what-you-get President that we have ever had…”

“Snowdon making mockery of NSA and US government
June 13, 2013

It is an accident, but Edward Snowdon is doing America a favor. He has exposed vulnerability and incompetence in the most expensive government enterprise in the world. It begins with a dysfunctional Congress in which leadership shows a spite for…”

“ObamaCare: Loving the idea is not the same as loving implementation
June 18, 2013

Most people in America want affordable healthcare for all persons. They want healthcare equality if that means quality care for people who are sick. Healthcare equality does not mean that a person with means cannot pursue a nose job if…”

“Crash: Obama delays large employer health insurance mandate by 1 year
July 2, 2013

This is a huge change at this late date as October implementation of the Affordable Care Act approaches. Most people in the nation have banked on large corporations providing health insurance, and now what does this mean that they will…”

“Uninsured citizens get lost in the shuffle of ACA implementation
July 5, 2013

The big deal and essential need is to get uninsured persons equipped with healthcare insurance. Reinventing the American healthcare system is nontrivial and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a highly integrated law. Together, one may expect that “work…”

“Affordable Care needs a rework by a new Congress
July 3, 2013

The need to ensure that all Americans have affordable healthcare is persistent. The Affordable Care Act was a rush job at addressing the need, but was done so hurriedly and with such incompetence, both political and technical, that the result…”

“Complexity of compliance may outstrip capacity to govern ObamaCare
July 3, 2013

The intent of ObamaCare is to insure citizens with health insurance that they can afford. That means that insurance premiums are scaled to income. It means that there will be a place in the market where those persons can find…”

“Fits and starts Presidency of Barack Obama: ObamaCare
July 3, 2013

Blame it on the American political system to which President Obama is the leader, he has always said that progress comes in “fits and starts”. The spasmodic Presidency of Barack Obama is rooted in his own management approach…”

“Have big talking capitalists lost their lust and luster?
July 10, 2013

The GOP has been the historic voice for capitalism. It has been a positive thrust for business development and expansion, but not these days.Having been indoctrinated as a capitalist, like most people in America, one looks to human resources…”

“Affordable Healthcare Act implementation moves forward
July 8, 2013

Last week’s hiccup was the announcement that the large employer mandate would be delayed a year. The consequences of that are apparently negligent for the near term.Uninsured citizens will receive affordable care as planned through the Health…”

“ACA: Exceeding the capacity to govern
July 18, 2013

According to a report this evening in the Washington Post, 10 million Latinos qualify for “Obamacare” but they system may be too complicated to reach them. Is that a surprise?Look, the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is…”

“Confusion undermines the Affordable Care Act
September 26, 2013

Something as essential as healthcare needs to handled like a surgeon with a scalpel performing an organ transplant, don’t you think?There exists a clear need for a solution to 50 million people not having health insurance.”

“Obamacare system, brought to you by these contractors
October 19, 2013

Now, that we are back in business, let's turn our attention to Obamacare implementation and government performance. There is sufficient evidence here to put the derailed Republicans back on track.Who are the contractors responsible for the Obamacare…”

“Obamacare rollout deeply flawed
October 19, 2013

We the People, the recipients of the Affordable Care Act, expect nothing less than smooth when going online to obtain our essential healthcare insurance. We expect to go register, go to the marketplace; shop for what we need; locate a…”

“Issa attacking Sebelius: Calling the kettle black
October 28, 2013

Republican attack dog, Darrell Issa has found a new target, Kathleen Sebelius. She is at Health and Human Services, bleeding alongside the Obamacare website. Issa caught a whiff of that and claims she must fix it or resign.Issa said…”

“'Obamacare fixable' says Jeffrey Zients
October 25, 2013

Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that the Obamacare system is fixable. Don’t take her word for it because she is part of the problem. But, you can take …”

“For free marketeers: Obamacare is one for you
October 24, 2013

Having been a program manager for one HHS initiative in the past, the experience provided enormous insight into the culture of the department that is enormously risk averse, while also attempting to be broadly inclusive. Those two things are somewhat…”

“'Fix it don't nix it': Obamacare website
October 24, 2013

After a grilling, Obama administration and contractors agree that the Affordable Care Act CMS is fixable. The system was overwhelmed by popularity, and it was not sufficiently load tested by government customers before ‘go live.’”

“Obamacare impact: Insurance companies drop policies, and some upgrade them
October 29, 2013

Obamacare is about changing the insurance paradigm. Companies offering junk policies and customers who bought them are in for a big change and yes that means millions of people.Obamacare introduced a new standard for health care in America and…”

“Obamacare fix is in the offing
November 2, 2013

Kathleen Sebelius fell on her sword this past week and took all of the blame for the Obamacare system crash. No, apology not accepted. The reason is that President Obama should have been more hands on and more inquisitive about…”

“Affordable Care Act system still in surgery
November 9, 2013

Maybe a better metaphor is that the patient, “Obamacare,” was born prematurely with some complications that require multiple post birth surgeries.The problems were evident far in advance of the “go-live” without testing action. The...

“What does it take for Sebelius to take a hint?
November 10, 2013

When you want to chew up a Democrat political appointee and bureaucrat who deserves a good lashing, what better source to turn than Fox News? Here is you final moment in the sunshine Kathleen Sebelius.”

“Unwinding Obamacare doesn't solve the problem
November 16, 2013

The House just passed a quick fix to Obamacare that isn’t really a solution, but a near term appeasement. What is the necessity and what is the invention that satisfies it?Necessities:Affordable healthcare for all AmericansHealth insurance…”

“Obamacare front-end fixed; back-end by January
November 30, 2013

According to a report from CBS News, Jeffrey Zients, the troubleshooter said the Afffordable Care system has a well-performing front end, but the insurance issuer side still needs some work. That repair will take until January when..”



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