Obama’s signature legislation may define his legacy, one way or another

Obama’s signature legislation may define his legacy, one way or another

The future of the Affordable Care Act depends on the election of the next president, and could shape Obama's presidential legacy.

President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have taken to the campaign trail in recent weeks, not exactly so much in support of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but seemingly more so in support of continuing the President’s legacy after he leaves the White House in January.

Certainly he is now touting the praises of Secretary Clinton, whom he once said was unqualified for the office, but he has peppered his remarks and speeches with comments like asking voters to support Clinton to continue the work he has started and about how he would be insulted if voters did not elect Clinton, as if a defeat would be viewed as a negative about his own time in office.

Of course, the opinion about the effectiveness of the President’s two terms varies from pole to pole, not surprisingly among the two major political parties, but also among those independents and more-centered thinkers in the nation, as well.

Even the President’s signature legislative conquest, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is vilified and exalted by some elected officials on both sides of the political spectrum, but also in the general population.

Opinions of those in political offices can be taken with a grain of salt.  If the Democrats said the ocean was wet, there would be some Republicans that would argue the point.  Conversely, if the Republicans said the sun was hot, Democrats would disagree on principal.

The media, which once touted itself as the watchdogs of the nation, has become divided along ideological lines, and even when reporting hard news, slants one way or the other, depending on their political leanings.  Right and left are both guilty of this.

You will get well-researched arguments about the ACA from all angles, some supporting the law and others deriding the legislation, and both arguments will quote numbers and statistics to support their respective positions.  Presenting numbers for the average public is a good way to measure trends, but it doesn’t represent the way the people who live in the real world feel.  You can offer a chart that says average wages are rising, but if mine aren’t, it doesn’t mean much to me.

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