At Least President Obama has Apologized, Can Republicans Say the Same for George W. Bush?

bush-obamaRepublicans are so completely ridiculous that it’s nearly impossible to take them seriously.  Throughout this whole “Obamacare” rollout, they’ve been on a feeding frenzy due to the issues the healthcare law has had.  First and foremost has, of course, been the problems with the HealthCare.gov website.  While these issues are important and deserve criticism, once the website is fixed they’ll quickly fade off into the background — nothing more than a distant memory.

However, the bigger issue right now has been the ongoing stories all over the internet of people who are losing their current health insurance plan, contrary to the promise President Obama had made in the past.

But let’s be honest about one thing — only a very small percentage of Americans are losing their current insurance plans.  Most numbers I’ve seen hover around 5% of Americans with health insurance are losing their plans and having to choose something new.  Now, if you listen to Republicans, you’d believe the majority of Americans were losing their current coverage — which is simply not true.  Like with anything else, if you hand-pick the stories you want to make national headlines, you can basically create any story that you’d like based on little or no truth whatsoever.  Republicans have mastered this tactic.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that President Obama clearly misspoke.  That’s on him and I make no excuses for him. Just like I haven’t made any excuses for the botched HealthCare.gov rollout.  His administration should have made damn sure the website was ready to go and he should have made it clear that if someone’s insurance met the criteria laid out in “Obamacare,” they would be allowed to keep their current insurance.  Those who had substandard plans would indeed have to switch plans.

Well, as most people know by now, President Obama has apologized for his false comments.  Now I’m sure for those upset that they’re having to switch insurance plans or pay more for their insurance (or both)—his apology probably doesn’t mean a great deal.

And it goes without saying Republicans aren’t giving him an ounce of credit for having the gumption about him to tell the American people he was sorry for his mistake.

The fact of the matter is, most of the people losing their health insurance are having that happen to them because their current plan is terrible.  They’re going to have to purchase a more comprehensive plan that offers better health coverage.  And when you break down this whole “controversy” that’s really what it boils down to.  People with bad health insurance plans will now have to purchase better ones.

That being said, where’s George W. Bush’s apology?  Oh, that’s right, Bush and most of the people who were in his administration still believe Iraq was worth over 4,000 American lives lost, despite the fact that we found exactly zero weapons of mass destruction.  You know, the whole reason why Bush said we just had to go into Iraq.

Could you imagine if President Obama invaded a country on the grounds that it had weapons of mass destruction and we found exactly zero?   Some Republicans have talked impeachment over wanting to give Americans better health care, or over the 4 deaths in Benghazi — imagine if his lie and/or incompetence resulted in the deaths of over 4,000 American soldiers.

So while President Obama shouldn’t have misled Americans about a few of the facts about “Obamacare,” Republicans are the last people on earth that should be attacking a president for misinformation or possibly misleading them.

Because the guy they elected — twice — sent over 4,000 brave Americans off to die in another country based on a lie.  And while President Obama was wrong for not being fully honest with the American people — at least he apologized for it.

Ten years after the Iraq War started, the American people are still waiting for their apology from George W. Bush.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Steve Mangano

    You will never get an apology from Bush or a Republican. The fact is they just don’t care about you and me.

  • Tamara Lewis Griffith

    Honestly seems to be regarded as a sign of weakness for the right. After all, if Bush or Cheney even HINTED that they lied that might mean losing some fans who feed their egos. Well, Cheney anyway. I don’t think Bush has enough brains to formulate a sentence and never has. He was the epitome of the puppet in a puppet regime.

  • regressive rightwing trash

    “mission accomplished”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and where O where was GW bush and cheney during the republican natl convention???? Hmmmmmmm,,,,,,

    • Buckthesystem

      They were out to lunch as usual or maybe they didn’t get the MEMO.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        im ok w that reply,,,,,,, or maybe they were opening a “library” and writing books on how America is NOW collapsing

      • Buckthesystem

        Now you are assuming that they are capable of writing books, they copy and paste as much as they can LOL …… “Merica” fool me once shame on you fool me … we won’t get fooled again, must have been one of those flash backs of a drunken stupor at a Who concert LOL.

  • Jason Hartwick

    Wait a minute. So what you’re saying is that something that was supported by nearly every american should be apologized for the same as something that a barely minority of americans disagreed with? See, I actually remember when GWB went into all the different places he went, and repub and demo news outlets alike were supportive and ready to go. There were a FEW that questioned, but honestly the only ones REALLY speaking out against it were Canadian. Obamacare has been debated back and forth and back and forth among repubs and dems alike, so comparing them is like comparing apples and oranges, and honestly nothing but hatemongering.

    • Buckthesystem

      Actually it’s like comparing apples to hand grenades. Bush and his troop of misfits, or should I say Cheney, lied and got everyone around them to lie, do you remember how some couldn’t believe what they were hearing but were afraid to say so in public. All Cheney had to say to king george was remember this is the guy that tried to kill your father, I can see the little devil sitting on his shoulder and wonder if there was even an opposing angel on the other, and Georgey boy bit the hook, line and sinker, not to mention his total disregard of the memos before 9-11, but the streets will be paved in …. blood? As I post an amendment is being drafted to address the fact of people losing their health plans and in the end all will work out and 4000 + people will not die needlessly and not to mention all the disabled but at least Cheney and haliburton got theirs, maybe haliburton should replace some of those food stamps the vets and active members have lost, you know the logistics that they were dishing out in the field.

  • Arbie Bonfatti

    and Obama is apologizing fro something that didn’t kill anyone like the Iraq/Afganistan war

  • littleblacksnake

    Yes, but, did Obama truly lie? I don’t think he did.

    • Skyhollower

      I agree…I think what he really is apologizing for is the fact he didn’t take into account that companies would take advantage of the ACA to further screw over their employees or that the Insurance companies would also take advantage of the situation by increasing the cost of their policies, blaming it on the ACA. Eventually this will work itself out and costs will come down and then they are going to have a hard time explaining their increases.

  • Stevie Thaxton

    Allen you believe him? He is a lawyer. All I got to say for now. lol