If you like your political dysfunction, you can keep it.
Too bad President Obama didn’t promise that. It would have been accurate.
Instead, he had to say three dozen or so times that you could keep the insurance plan you like under his Affordable Care Act.
“Period,” the president said for added emphasis.
But it wasn’t true for many. So finally he made an apology of sorts last week.
And then he was off to fundraise in Miami, where he headlined three Friday events. On Saturday, Obama golfed with former basketball star Alonzo Mourning at the exclusive Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie, site of the classic 1980 comedy movie Caddyshack. Then it was back to Washington.
Thus the political cycle churns: Wash with money. Spin. Repeat.
This was Obama’s third fundraising trip to Florida, and Miami-Dade, this year. Last year there was an election. So he came to Florida 15 times, often holding public events so the broadcast media would cover his remarks and so that taxpayers could help underwrite more of the bill for presidential travel and security.
The three Miami fundraisers Friday were all private, though reporters were allowed limited access.
Obama made sure to rebut Republican critics, like those in Florida, who have raised a fuss about people without insurance while simultaneously refusing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. That denies the possibility of coverage to as many as 848,000 Floridians.
“More people could have healthcare via Medicaid,” Obama said. “But that’s not happening because of politics.”
Republican Gov. Rick Scott ducked the issue in a written statement.
“The President’s healthcare law is causing hundreds of thousands of Floridians to lose their health insurance plans. The White House should focus on helping these families, not Medicaid, which our state just recently reformed to be more flexible, accessible and cost-conscious,” Scott said. “Unfortunately, the White House’s politics of deflection and distraction won’t give anyone their healthcare back, even after the president promised that if they liked their plans, they could keep them.”
Scott’s comments are also laden with deflection, distraction and misleading opinion.