Those damn Republicans…


Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, Barrington, New Hampshire commented that the Republicans have again taken it on the chin for their recent attempt to force Obama into negotiating on his doomed healthcare reform law.  It is clear that Obama will not back off, because Obamacare is the ONLY bit of work of which he can take ownership from his entire first term!  And from the looks of things, he will have no other opus to boast about during his second term.

So, the Republicans made a tactical faux pas by trying to force him to the negotiating table on his law.  It would be compromising his legacy.  Their strategy was just fine however.  Even most Democrats agree that the general plan should be to reduce costs of everything government.  Reducing costs is not a Tea Party concept.  It has been a mainstream conservative concept for as long as I can remember.  The Constitution limits the duties of the government, and for good reason.  Yet for over 75 years, the Federal government has succeeded in growing and taking on new responsibilities that were never mentioned by the Founders.

I sincerely hope that the pounding that the Republicans in the House are taking right now will not inhibit them from doing the right thing in the long term by reducing costs.  I would never criticize the Republicans for holding the debt ceiling or the budget hostage for the higher principle of saving this nation from its government.  They should avoid mentioning Obamacare in their cost cutting however.

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:

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