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?