Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar hasn't done President Obama any favors with the article he wrote for Tuesday's news cycle:
President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare law on July 30, 1965, and 11 months later seniors were receiving coverage. But if President Barack Obama gets to sign a health care overhaul this fall, the uninsured won't be covered until 2013 -- after the next presidential election.
Good grief! What's the hurry? But wait -- it gets even better:
In fact, a timeline of the 1,000-pagge health care bill crafted by House Democrats shows it would take the better part of a decade -- from 2010-2018 -- to get all the components of the far-reaching proposal up and running. The moving parts include a national insurance marketplace overseen by a brand new federal bureaucracy -- the Health Choices Administration.
"Moving parts?" "Bureaucracy?" This is wrong on so many levels. The alarm bells going off in my head are deafening. Color me cynical, but there has to be a reason to put off the full impact of health care reform until after the 2012 elections. Whatever that reason is, it doesn't bode well for the American people.