President Obama's victory lap as his signature health care law goes into effect reminds me of former President George W. Bush's similarly foolish "Mission accomplished" proclamation during the Iraq war.
Praising disgraced former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who must accept responsibility for the badly botched rollout of Obamacare, the president claimed recently that Mrs. Sebelius and her team "turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done ... and the final score speaks for itself."
Final score? Mr. President, we are but in the top of the first inning and the starting pitcher is being shelled. The fact that 7 million individuals have "signed up" in the plan is meaningless in and of itself.
Numerous modifications were made to the law before it was been fully rolled out, and we have not begun to fully digest the higher taxes and costs that will be associated with it. The president desperately wants his health care plan to be a success, but wishing this to be does nothing to bring it about. To proclaim triumph is to attempt to play the American people for fools.
The proof will be in the pudding. I would not bet anything on Obamacare's success unless significant, numerous changes are implemented.
OREN M. SPIEGLER
Upper St. Clair, Pa.