Editorial Roundup: Excerpts From Recent Editorials
Wednesday, March 9, 2011; 5:00 PM
-- Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:
The Buffalo (N.Y.) News on the failure of health care reform to reduce medical costs:
It's hard to reverse course without paying attention to how you got on the wrong road to begin with, and how you correct your mistake. But that is exactly what President Barack Obama has done.
Having ridden the wave of victory in 2008, he dove in with force to create his own federal health care plan. He showed such pride in addressing the biggest-growing cost problem Americans faced. The only problem is that he did nothing to lower the costs of health care. Instead, he created a monster expense - yet another entitlement program he said the government would be able to handle.
Then came the elections of 2010. The public condemned his free spending and delivered control of the House to Republicans. Meanwhile, a massive budget deficit threatened to sink the country.
Obama swallowed the bitter pill and said he would address the problems that had agitated voters. But he has not. He has talked the talk, but has refused to walk the walk. ...
In fact, Obamacare may become yet another entitlement that will need fixing, on top of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
Obamacare comes at a time when not only the federal government, but also state governments are in trouble. And one of the reasons state governments, and even county governments, are in trouble is because of the growing costs of Medicaid. It currently accounts for 21 percent of state budgets and is growing. It covers 53 million people, and Obamacare will add another 20 million in 2014. ...
While states will have to address this crisis, essentially these are problems the federal government owns. ...
If he fails to tackle these monumental problems, the public will clearly see that he has failed in his presidential leadership and doesn't deserve a second term.