Michael McDermott for New York Governor 2014


ObamacareThe Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, also known as ‘Obamacare‘, has been anything but the ‘fix all’ that President Obama and his supporters said it would be. As that Post cover so rightly portrayed, it’s been a total disaster, and things are only going to get worse. Though some ‘successes’ have been touted by the MSM as proof that the plan can work, this number is FAR outweighed by the number of people who have found only horror stories to speak of in the wake of this plans emergence.

Though New York State was better ‘prepared’ for this mandate, as it had it’s own exchange already set up, this has been little help as the law itself is so badly written and those intended to implement it are so poorly trained, that it’s been a disaster here, too, and New Yorkers have joined the chorus of those who have come to see that it must go.

Obamacare quite roundly epitomizes one of the major realities of our entire nation that I stand against: corporatism, the control of our nation by unaccountable corporations who use the power of government to make us buy their (often defective) products. As Glenn Greenwald wrote for The Gaurdian (in an extraordinary article you all must read): “Whatever one’s views on Obamacare were and are: the bill’s mandate that everyone purchase the products of the private health insurance industry, unaccompanied by any public alternative, was a huge gift to that industry…”

And a gift it was. Our nation once had the best healthcare system in the world. Kings, Queens & the wealthiest of the world once came to our shores for their major healthcare needs, but decades of government bureaucracy, the corporate revolving door & favors/kickbacks to the medical industry (Medicare Part D, anybody?) have turned our healthcare industry into a shell of its former self, and this mandate has without a doubt sounded the death nail for it if we do not some way work together to get rid of it.

Fortunately, people across the nation, Democrat & Republican alike, have realized what a boondoggle this legislation is and the time is right to simply get rid of it. Not ‘fix’ it or ‘modify’ it, but simply throw it out into the trash and get things back to what they were before the cronyism started destroying our means for protecting our people’s health.

As governor I will end New York’s participation in this disaster and look to the free market to offer the best solution–as it always has (until governments decide to stick their hands into things). As bad as things look now we can get out of it. With your help, WE can do that.