After running away from Obamacare since 2010, Democrats last night embraced the law and tried to wrap it in new packaging in hopes it will sell better.
The first night of the Democratic National Convention was filled with references to the “Affordable Care Act” and its many wonders: Where being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. Where birth control is free. Where employers no longer have a say in your health care (really?). Where there are no limits on health costs your insurance must cover. Where 26-year-olds can stay on their parents’ policies.
And there was no talk of the back-room deals that got the law passed, the waivers granted to favored interest groups, the fact that the law was passed on a strictly partisan basis without a single Republican vote, and that opposition to the law stands at an all-time high.
A New York Times/CBS News poll taken this summer showed that health care is a top issue for 82 percent of the American people and that 61 percent say they want Congress to repeal the individual mandate or the entire law. Only 15 percent want to keep the law just as it is. Those numbers are basically unchanged from the time the law was enacted more than two years ago.
Kumbaya moments are common in political conventions, but these seemed particularly hypocritical. Speakers attempted to celebrate America all the while supporting policies and laws that undermine her strength, ignoring the debt that is crashing down on us and stealing tomorrow’s possibility of prosperity. And demanding the right to abortion under any circumstances, including for sex selection. How is that a celebration of life?