The Republicans have managed to frame public opinion about Obama with the constant media noise about how he hasn’t accomplished anything. It doesn’t matter that the Republicans have filibustered just about everything Obama does, but that hasn’t stopped the media from convincing former Obama supporters to feel betrayed by him.
For example, the LA Times has a story on a middle-class woman who campaigned for Obama, but after the election felt let down by him. She changed her registration from Democrat to Independent, and even blacked out the top of the “h” on her Obama bumper sticker so it would read “got nope” instead of “got hope”.
The good news is that she has changed her mind and issued a public apology to Obama. The bad news is why she changed her mind — she was recently diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Two years ago, after her husband was laid off from his job they faced a difficult choice — they only had enough money to either pay their mortgage or pay for their health insurance (the latter bill being larger than the former!), so they took a desperate but necessary gamble and lost.
Without insurance or enough money to cover the expensive treatments, this could have been a death sentence for this mother of two children, but she found a lifesaver (perhaps literally) in a part of Obama’s healthcare reform that has already kicked in — the “Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan”. In her words “The application was short, the premiums are affordable, and I have found the people who work in the administration office to be quite compassionate (nothing like the people I have dealt with over the years at other insurance companies.)”
A Harvard study says that more people die from lack of adequate health insurance each year than died in the 9/11 attacks. The next time someone complains about Obama not accomplishing anything, point out that Obama was able to pass health care reform, something that had eluded every prior president who tried. And now the Republicans are campaigning that they will repeal it (or find a way to gut it) and go back to the dark ages.
Hopefully, it won’t take a life threatening disaster to change your mind about Obama. Try to ignore the noise machine and look at the facts. As our mother with breast cancer puts it:
So this is my public apology. I’m sorry I didn’t do enough of my own research to find out what promises the president has made good on. I’m sorry I didn’t realize that he really has stood up for me and my family, and for so many others like us. I’m getting a new bumper sticker to cover the one that says “Got nope.” It will say “ObamaCares.”
Another blogger has picked up this story, and the best part are the comments on it.