Barack Obama could easily be labeled as the most progressive president since the time of FDR. And yet that opinion of him is quickly fading and turning to dust as we now find him so far to the right that he just might be more of a Republican than Mitt Romney.
We find this to be the case in particular when it comes to his views on healthcare and the proposed Medicare for All plans that are being thrown about by extreme left elitists like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. And what’s more, is that Obama doesn’t think he is the only Democrat to not be willing to whole-heartedly endorse the multi-trillion-dollar plans.
According to him, the vast majority of voters don’t agree with Medicare for All, either, and he warns that those who understand this and give the people what they actually want will be successful.
During a Democracy Alliance meeting in Washington on Friday, the former president said as much to a group of liberal donors.
He said, “This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement.” And he continued, saying, “They like seeing things improved. But the average American doesn’t think that we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. And I think it’s important for us to not lose sight of that.”
He incited that yes, the system does need work and things need to be changed. But according to him and much of America, trashing the current system and infiltrating a completely new one isn’t the answer. Instead, he suggested that lawmakers take what we have now and build off of it. Naturally, he wouldn’t want to admit his Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to be a failure. But he said that was as good of a place as any to start, referring to it as a “really good starter home” for healthcare.
He went on to say that from there it is these lawmaker’s jobs to really think outside the box and be bold in coming up with new ideas. However, he warned that as we do so, it should always come back to the needs of America and what the nation needs.
Obama said, “I want proposals that are bolder with respect to reducing inequality and giving people more opportunity and allowing us to make more investments in our infrastructure and our education systems and others.”
And he continued, “My point is that even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds or the activist wing of our party.”
And he is exactly right.
He makes a valid point here. No matter how far to the left the party shifts, it will mean nothing if America doesn’t move with them.
At the same time, this seems to be a not so blatant endorsement of his former vice president Joe Biden, who is one of the only Democratic candidates to have similar healthcare views. Now, Biden claims that he has explicitly asked Obama to not endorse him. Therefore, the lack of names being mentioned in Obama’s statements is expected. However, both his views for more conservative healthcare and the following liberal stab makes it clear there are some candidates who he wholly does not support and others whom he does.
He said, “I don’t think we should be deluded into thinking that the resistance to certain approaches to things is simply because voters haven’t heard a bold enough proposal and if they hear something as bold as possible then immediately that’s going to activate them.”
Many, including the Washington Post, think this is a direct jab at both Warren and Sanders, as they have both made statements that suggest America should just trust they know what they are doing.
As Biden paraphrased the idea, they believe “if you were only as smart as I am you would agree with me.” And while Obama doesn’t say this exactly, he suggests it is true by inferring that according to the elitist left-wing, all America needs is a pep talk or a “bold enough proposal” to understand and agree with them.