President Obama has brought change…

Obama brought change 2

Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire commented that the claim President Obama has brought change is certainly something with which I can agree.

  •  He has approved massively increased drone strikes, some of them killing US citizens abroad and many killing innocent victims.  That’s change.
  •  He has brought us ACA, wherein for the first time in history he has forced Americans to provide or buy health insurance or pay a fine, and with increased dependency on entitlement rolls for Medicaid.  That’s change.
  • He has spun the Libyan Embassy attack; tried his darnedest to paper over the real motives behind the “post attack PR efforts” in the interest of being re elected…that’s change.
  •  He has continued surveillance of our allies around the world through the efforts of the GSA, and dramatically enhanced invasion of our personal privacy through internet spying.  This is change.
  •  He has brought ‘selfies’ to the forefront…now there’s something important and very Presidential, and again…a change.

Unlike many in his party, I cannot attribute the economic recovery to Obama.  Due partly to a Congress which cannot agree, and a President who cannot lead (he refuses to stop attacking the folks on the other side of the aisle) no assistance has come from the Feds on the economy.  Instead, the economy has improved on its own, privately.  The pendulum has simply swung.  The shift of manufacturing overseas in now shifting back, not due to Obama, but due to the escalating prices and transportation costs of goods manufactured overseas.

The development of cleaner energy (natural gas) has everything to do with private enterprise and nothing to do with Obama.  The use of robotics has lessened the cost of US manufacturing and stimulated the development and manufacturing of these increasingly hi-tech devices.  Again…not attributable to Obama.

But change?  Yes.  He lived up to that campaign promise.


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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