Obamacare Time Mag Small If you assume that Obamacare was an ill considered, hastily written, excessively far reaching piece of legislation that is doomed to ultimate failure, costing all Americans far more money than if we had left all alone, then you share my opinion.

So what to make of the “crazy” Republicans in Congress, and the threat of Federal government shutdown?  At first glance, they certainly do seem “nutty,” and Obama makes a cogent case that the issue of government budget and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are two different things and should be treated separately.  This is of course laughable.  Obama has never once “negotiated” on any item of his precious ACA.  Never!  He has never invited John Boehner or Mitch McConnell to the White House to discuss ACA.  Therefore, the only tool available to the Congress is to tie the budget together with the hated ACA.  It’s the only way to drag Obama kicking and screaming to the bargaining table.

BTW, a government shutdown is seldom a bad thing.  The stock market goes a little crazy, but rebounds once the shutdown is over.  Effects, which are NOT far reaching, are temporary at worst.  So lets stop with the rhetoric Barack.  Put action where your mouth is and bargain.  Your legislation stinks.  Let’s cut out the rot, and maybe the law will actually work.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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