Like the kids in the backseat of the SUV in the 2005 “Are We There Yet?” movie, I do want to know that the “Techies” are “there” in terms of fixing the Obamacare Website disaster.  To give credit where credit is due, the “Techies” are responsible for the “disaster,” not the president. But, beyond a healthy curiosity, I am not sitting on the edge of my seat anticipating the news.

Today’s newscasters and pundits would have us buy into their mantra that problems with the Obamacare Website constitute a disaster that will forever define President Obama’s legacy. These commentators and political operatives would have us believe that President Obama’s legacy hangs by a thread, and if there are problems with the Obamacare Website @ today, he will leave office a beaten man, shunned by political candidates in 2014.

I’m not an expert, but if I were a gambling person; I would bet they are wrong. It seems to me that the president’s long term vision and consistent movement to achieve his vision will determine his legacy. And, the sound and fury we are hearing today, will dissolve into nothingness tomorrow.

Although It is true that is an important component of the ACA (Obamacare); it is only one doorway to the Marketplace that has been set up to service the health insurance needs of the millions of Americans who currently have no health insurance, or who are paying exorbitant premiums for health insurance. We need only look at states like California and Kentucky where people are successfully signing up for affordable healthcare insurance to understand that there are other doors to the Marketplace.

I’m reminded that the last great STEM Field innovation in this country, prior to the ACA Website, was space exploration. If you want to talk disasters, just open this door. Inside this door are real disasters — Apollo / Saturn 204 burns, The Challenger explodes, and The Columbia disintegrates. A comparison of these real “disasters” with the Obamacare Website disaster provides perspective.

In 1967, a fire consumed Apollo / Saturn 204, resulting in the death of three astronauts. Apollo / Saturn 204 was to be the first US manned lunar landing. After the fire, Apollo / Saturn 204 was renamed Apollo 1 as an indication, it seems to me, that there would be other Apollos to follow.

The country joined President Johnson in mourning the loss of life in Apollo 1, and waited for a definitive explanation and “fix” from scientists so that the missions could resume. After numerous “fixes”, Apollo 7 was launched and the Apollo mission was fulfilled. President Johnson’s legacy was never linked to the Apollo 1 disaster to my knowledge.

In 1987, The Challenger Spacecraft exploded 73 seconds into its flight, resulting in the loss of seven lives. This disaster was viewed live by millions of people.

Again, the nation joined the president in mourning the loss of life, waited for the experts to provide a definitive explanation for the explosion and to provide a “fix” for future space shuttles. The country was rewarded with success when Discovery was launched in 1988. President Reagan’s legacy was not tarnished by this disaster.

In 2003, as The Columbia Spacecraft began its reentry into earth’s atmosphere we were told it disintegrated. Is that really possible? Could we believe President George W. Bush (2001-2009) when he addressed the nation. After all, W is the son of the president who famously said, “Read my lips; no new taxes.” But we did listen to him as we joined him in mourning the seven souls lost in that disaster. The space program continued. No one called for an end to the space program as a result of any of these real disasters.


Although President Bush’s ratings dropped before he left office and he has not actively campaigned with other politicians; it has never been suggested that the cause was tied to the human error of those hired to “fix” things.

So, yes, today is the deadline to “fix” the Obamacare Website; and, yes, I want to know that we are “there” now. But We Baby Boomers know what a real disaster looks like and a broken Website is not it. Generations X and Y are accustomed to computer glitches. They understand that a glitch is not a disaster.

As long as President Obama keeps moving towards a vision of expanding affordable healthcare to all Americans as a means of promoting the general welfare; the “long view,” as Mrs. Obama says, is that he will not need to worry about his legacy.


President Kennedy on Obamacare

If you think Bill Clinton is an expert “Explainer In Chief,” just listen to JFK explain that the Constitution demands that the POTUS and “We, The People” advance the general welfare by providing healthcare insurance. I think it’s fair to say that President Kennedy would say that the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, does not solve all our problems; but, it’s a start.

President Kennedy Speaks at Madison Square Garden (May 20, 1962).


My take on accusations that POTUS lied about people being able to keep their health care policies:
…and, it’s kinda like when you lease a Ford Pinto, and you plan to keep it, year after year until you die, and they run some crash tests that show the oil tank will burst into flames upon impact, and they recall the car , and then they stop selling the car, but you don’t want a new car, and you get mad because you really want to keep relying on your Ford Pinto for transportation, and you’re really mad because they cancelled your lease, and it’s Obama’s fault. So, there!

MOVIE REVIEW: 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave is an absorbing, fast- paced drama, based on the life and times of a freeman, Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped in New York State prior to the Civil War. Northup, a talented musician and carpenter was sold into slavery and held (“Taken,” if you will), until his rescue 12 years later by friends who produced his papers. 
12 Years a Slave is not just a another slave narrative. It has something to say that goes beyond the narrative of Roots. It is a good, strong story about the life and times of a “man” living in 1800s America. It clearly juxtaposes the lives of free Blacks and enslaved Blacks. It easily debunks the popular myth of the time, that Blacks were a “childlike,” naturally subservient people, who would not have survived without the “care” and guidance of their White masters. Rather, we are shown a Black man living a fully satisfying life, who is equal to Whites in the 1800s, prior to his enslavement. We are shown a Black man whose humanity is never questionable. We are presented with the story of a man who was “Taken” while Black. A man who maintained his humanity as he endured unimaginable atrocities. A man who knew who he was, who did not rely on the opinions of others for his self-esteem. We are shown a loving, Black patriarchal family. We are shown a man who was determined to survive.
This is not the story of a down-trodden slave. Solomon Northup is like the North Star, showing us how to live, no matter what. 
This movie is not your cookie-cutter slave movie. It does not demean, nor limit Blacks. Rather, it shows how the system of slavery was unable to crush God given human potential. 
And, this movie is not a guilt trip for Whites. A full range of good and evil, along with fear, is presented.
I highly recommend this Oscar worthy movie to people of all races and nationalities. It covers both man’s inhumanity to man, as well as the strength and resilience of the human spirit. 
Reviewed by Jan McAdoo