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Monday, December 16, 2013

Obamacare's failure will put more pressure on Israel

Unfortunately, this makes too much sense. The massive failure that Obamacare is likely to be next month is also likely to put an awful lot of pressure on Israel.
The current chaos, and the anxiety many people are feeling about their health insurance coverage and what happens on Jan. 1, have the makings of another public relations disaster for the president, and his party, which passed the Affordable Care Act on a straight party line vote in 2010.
A new poll suggests that tens of millions of Americans whose coverage is not (yet) at risk are nervous about the changes caused by Obamacare and anticipate it will impact them in the future: "The poll found a striking level of unease about the law among people who have health insurance and aren't looking for government help. Those are the 85% of Americans who, the White House says, don't have to be worried about the president's historic push to expand coverage for the uninsured. In the survey, nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year -- mostly for the worse. Nearly four in five (77%) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law's passage."
It should therefore be no surprise that the president may be looking for another distraction in January, a blockbuster distraction, that will suggest to some remaining true believers that there is still a functioning presidency working on significant things and not screwing them up. The Iran deal was one such potential blockbuster, but most Americans now seem to expect that Iran will not observe the agreement, and the deal will not set back their nuclear program nor change their intentions to develop a nuclear weapon.
The January blockbuster that the president is hoping for would be an interim deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that Secretary of State John Kerry can announce at some point, a big enough story that it could drive Obamacare out of the news for a few days. It is why Kerry continues to return to Israel and works doggedly on a deal.

Read the whole thing. What could go wrong?

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