It’s been a hectic couple months for this editor. Besides being in busy season for work, I’m taking two classes (including accounting for the first time in my life), and trying to be a good husband for my wife, who is dealing with the serious health issues of her father. (Oh, and for the praying folk out there, please keep him in your thoughts today, he’s undergoing double bypass surgery)

I’ve also been completely unmotivated to write about this entire health care debacle. I’m so worn out of the news cycle this mess has made, it makes me not even want to watch any type of news program.

But as the potential end to a political battle that could define a presidency seems near, I felt it was time to weigh in.

I took abuse from some folks here when I said I was willing to keep an open mind on President Barack Obama. I’m always willing to give someone a chance, whether they have an “R” or “D” next to their name, I feel that its a person, and not a party, that should be judged.

So I gave Obama a chance, but he blew that chance. He blew the chance to earn any support from David Kaiser, moderate Republican. And this chance was blown not because of the health care plan specifically, but the due to his timing and stubbornness in trying to ram through for the sake of ramming it through.

Could health care use some help? I believe so. I’m not sure if the government should be playing an active role in health care, but at least they should play a role in making it work more effectively. There are models of effective health care out there in the world that seem to work, and I think we should take the time to study them, extract best practices, and then see how these practices would fit with how things are currently done.

A friend of mine, who is a small business owner and staunch Republican, told me the other day as we debating the health care topic, “Health care is not a right.” And I didn’t quite know how to react to that.

Maybe it’s not a right, but what isn’t right to me is the insane cost of health care that make it so people without benefits cannot afford even the most simple of treatments. Are the systems implemented in Canada and Europe better than ours?

It doesn’t appear so.

That doesn’t make our system right, it’s just less wrong then theirs.

Debate aside on any reform of health care, which both sides will argue ad nauseum, its not the idea of reform itself that has soured me, its the timing of this bill and the money that will need to go into it.

We are still in the early recovery phase of one of the worst economic downturns in American history. We are coming off eight years of a President who spent recklessly, and that doesn’t even include a large portion of the money he spent on two wars. A major chuck of the spending on Iraq and Afghanistan is not even reflected in the published budget numbers during the George W Bush administration. At least $200 billion of the money spent on these conflicts were kept off-budget using special supplemental resolutions.

Between the fragile state of the economy and the absurd budget surplus handed to him by the Bush Administration, no one would have faulted Barack Obama for doing nothing but concentrating on economic recovery in his first year.

It would have been the prudent and common sense thing to do, both for the country and for his popularity.

But he didn’t.

To take on an enormous task like health care in the first year of his taking office is much like a surgeon leaving an double bypass surgery half way through to go treat someone with pneumonia.

Yes, I think the health care system is sick, but it wasn’t on the verge of death.

Trying to tackle health care before the economy was well on its way to recovery was at best an illogical decision and much closer to incompetence or hubris. My take on Barack Obama when stacked up against the last Democrat to be President, Bill Clinton is simple. When Clinton saw that health care would be a bloody battle that could cripple his young tenure and may not have even been successful, he withdrew. Obama’s tact has been to charge once more unto the breach, to go headlong into the valley death with the six hundred.

In a nutshell?

Clinton was willing to lose the battle to win the war, which to him was a second term.

I think Obama wants nothing more than to win the battle, even if it could jeopardize the war.

The battle is at hand, and the result is far from clear, but there is one thing clear to me right now, and that is Barack Obama is in danger of losing the war.

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