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Father Of Obamacare's Signature Irony Not Lost On The Twittersphere

In an alternate universe somewhere, the Father of Obamacare might have actually had a shot at becoming the next president of the United States, had he just stuck to his guns. Because on Planet Earth, the candidate responsible for this accomplishment is not Obama. Obama cannot take credit for inventing the Affordable Care Act. It was ironically his opposition who laid the groundwork in Massachusetts, and then decided to take the wrong fork in the road to diminish its application for the nation.


Yes, due to a political boondoggle of his own choosing, Romney, the GOP candidate willingly handed  off his historic legislation to his Democratic rival. Ironically, Romney's ill-advised strategy is going to now frame Obama's administration with an historic achievement, comparable to what FDR back in the 30s with Social Security.

And this singular misstep might be the undoing of the real Father of Obamacare, and the reason he most likely may lose the 2012 election.

Romney, nor his campaign strategists had the the foresight to realize the ramifications of dismissing his health care innovation. Due to political expediency, all his team could focus on was rejecting anything Obama had brought to the table. So what if it looked like, smelled like and walked like the same duck that Romney had nurtured in Massachusetts when he was Governor. If Obama's name was on it, it had to be demonized.

The subsequent results of refuting its viability for the nation at large was to marginalize it as a "state issue." Backed into this corner, Romney is now struggling with a 5 to 4 decision handed down by the Supreme Court on June 28, and a decree that indicates he definitively did take the wrong fork in the road.

Reinforcing this self-induced debacle, the Twitterati are abuzz at also pointing out the irony of the situation.

@MatthewKBurke is depressed as he refers to Romney as the Father of Socialized Medicine.



@Lita_Bee tweets her thoughts tongue-and-cheek regarding the removal of the health care law by the next president.



@kindcutesteve takes it one step further when he equates the similarity of a repeal with an actual killing.


And while the irony is not lost on a countless thousands of others (just conduct a Twitter search by typing in "Father of Obamacare"), @markos pointed to an additional irony that not only distinguishes Romney as the Father of Obamacare, but also points to an incongruity on Romney's own website. It appears that the Republican nominee would nominate future justices "in the mold" of Roberts. The only sticky-wicket here is that Justice John Roberts was the deciding vote in upholding the Affordable Care Act. Talk about adding insult to injury - Ouch!!!


                                  Interesting side note: Obama did not vote for Roberts to become Chief Justice.

So can Romney, spin, flip-flop or obfuscate his way out of this political nightmare? Can he reclaim "fatherhood" at this late juncture, or has he thrown away the baby with the bath water for good? Your thoughts bi-partisan readers?

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Comments
Jun 30, 2012
by Anonymous

Obamacare

I sure hope we don't have to deal with Obama for a second term.

Jun 30, 2012
by Anonymous

Some children

And by that I mean most politicians...now to continue my thought...just don't have any sense!

Jun 30, 2012
by Anonymous

ULTIMATE HYPOCRISY

I get the whole Fed Govt vs State Rights thing but if the states haven't done a damn thing about healthcare than move on. HEALTHCARE is something that is non-negotiable and we all as a civilized society should be able to enjoy this and that hasn't happened.

I can't for the life of me understand the platform the candidate Romney is taking regarding Affordable Healthcare Act versus Govenor Romney. And to think as a result of this ultimate HYPOCRISY this guy raises 4 million dollars overnight for his campaign. Hmmm guess thats why Romney changed his tune.

Gary

Jun 30, 2012
by Anonymous

The term "Obamacare"

I enjoyed the article and your perspective on "Obamacare".

There's going to be a day soon when the opposition regrets using that phrase.

It won't be too long before the phrase is dropped from the jargon used by conservative news outlets-

Jul 13, 2012
by Ron Callari
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the term "Obamacare"

Your words were prescient regarding the term "Obamacare" - as we saw recently when the NAACP booed Romney at a recent rally!  Short memory Mitt . . . you'll take credit for "Romneycare" and hold it in high esteem - but will only show disdain when using the term "Obamacare" now that your opponent has launched it on the federal level. Didn't know having it both ways was the sign of a strong leader?