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Fact: Obama is failing on energy and healthcare

I haven’t been able to read all the details yet of President Obama’s energy and healthcare “offensive.”.  Undoubtedly, his speeches will be eloquent and laced with venom toward Republicans.  Additionally, he will have much to say about how bad the problems were when he got elected, that progress has been tough, and in the long-term, things look great.  But facts are stubborn things, and sometimes, they are ugly warts. 

Fact number one:  Gasoline prices have risen 110% from January 2009 through March 22, 2012.  Before he took office, he and others who would eventually join his administration had promised and encouraged higher fuel prices.  Well, since he took office, gasoline has gone from $1.84 a gallon to today’s national average of $3.88 per gallon.  Promise made, promise kept.  The hypocrisy of his conversion to now suggesting it wasn’t his fault, he can’t do anything about it, but he wishes prices would go down is embarrassing.  The toes in my shoes curl for him as I listen to the tortured explanations. 

Fact number two:  The total cost of healthcare has risen 21% since President Obama got elected, while inflation has only risen 7.26%.  The average cost of healthcare for employees has increased 28%, and the average cost for employers has increased 19%.  He claims healthcare as his trophy success for his first term.  Wasn’t he supposed to reign in costs, or is that another Obama policy that’s working perfectly according to plan, it just hasn’t been given enough time to have any discernible positive effect?

It’s great Obama is talking about his record.  I hope he keeps it up.  Republicans are afraid amnesia will set in and Obama’s only option will be to attack as the election approaches. 

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.


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