IN accepting his party's nomination for president in 2008, Barack Obama promised major changes to America's health insurance.
"If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves," Obama told Democrats to thunderous applause.
Now, five years later, major problems with the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - are surfacing and a major supporter is complaining.
The AFL-CIO approved a resolution saying that President Obama's health care overhaul will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them, the Associated Press reported.
The law is so complex and discombobulated that it overwhelms the president himself.
President Obama has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and five steps to delay Obamacare, the Washington Times reported.
Nevertheless, next month health insurance exchanges will begin to help people without insurance meet that mandate that most Americans must have insurance or face paying a hefty fine next year.
Insurers are reluctant to offer this insurance. Only Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will offer the insurance in West Virginia.
"If we had more competition, you'd probably see more competitive premiums. Nobody knows what the premiums are yet, but will there be affordable prices despite lack of competition? We just don't know yet," said Perry Bryant, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.
If we had had better competition in the political arena, Obamacare would not be the mess it is.
President Roosevelt sought and received overwhelming Republican support for Social Security in 1935. President Johnson needed Republicans to get past Southern Democrats to pass civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965.
But President Obama pressed for passage to meet a Christmas deadline in his first year of office and a filibuster-proof Democratic majority passed it in the Senate without a single Republican supporter.
It passed the House the next March the same way.
Washington needs to hit the pause button and give congressional leaders from both parties time to come up with a bipartisan effort worthy of the support that the Social Security and civil rights acts received.