Surprise, surprise. President Obama is blaming himself for failing to sell the health-care law. The president is in the process of reintroducing the law to the American voters, many of whom are lukewarm about it because they don't understand it. In a bid to communicate the positive benefits of the law, the president met with health-care patients to discuss them. Benefits include a ban on lifetime coverage limits; free coverage for preventive care and immunizations; the ability of young adults to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26; and the inability to deny coverage to kids with pre-existing health conditions. While effective communication is a good thing, falling on the sword on every issue is not. We're all for humility, but this constant taking of blame is not going to spare the Democrats in the upcoming election. Didn't Obama just take the blame for the slow economic recovery? Self-sacrifice is not endearing and is rarely rewarded. When are the members of Congress — Democrat, Republican and independent — going to take some of the responsibility for the poor state of the economy and the health-care debacle? Many of them were in office before he was, but are quite content with allowing him to shoulder all of the responsibility for this colossal mess. On the issue at hand, communication is a two-way street that requires a receiver. Perhaps voters should listen more and shout less, and maybe some of this confusion would subside. Just a thought.
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