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November 14, 2013

Primus Mootry: Observations on various topics

Obama-snare — the roll-out of President Obama’s signature legislation, The Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare), has been riddled with website and other problems. Late-night talk show hosts, the media, and right-wing Republicans are having a field day. Dismayed Democrats and liberal supporters of the law are begging the public to be patient.

Lost in the shuffle is the Act’s purpose — making health care affordable to 50 million uninsured Americans. Beyond that, because of the scope and complexity of the law, like Medicare in its beginning, enrollment snares and a degree of skepticism, often partisan, were totally predictable.

I believe it will get worse before it gets better. Could the initial rollout have been better managed? No doubt about it. I just hope the website and other problems are not fatal to the intent of the legislation. It will work if given a chance to work (which is something partisan opponents fear). As they say, let’s not throw the baby out with the bath.

Incognito — the Dolphins’ offensive lineman should have stayed that way — incognito. Since public knowledge of his bullying and use of the dreaded N-word, he’s the talk of the town. Self-righteous coaches and pundits collectively have denounced his offensive language. Every bad thing he ever publicly said or did for the past 10 years is under a magnifying glass.

Richie Incognito is a bad boy. In the game of pro football, you’d better be. The problem is that nowadays it’s hard to voicemail, email, tweet, text or talk into a microphone without your words coming back at you. That’s the game today, and Incognito, who has been suspended, will have to pay whatever additional cost the NFL requires of him.

As a side note, those who are so anxious to condemn Incognito for his foul-mouthed bullying are curiously silent or ambivalent about the suggestion that the Washington Redskins change their name. Did they forget? There was a time, not too long ago, when “redskin” was as offensive to Native Americans as the N-word is to most blacks. Name calling by any other name is no one’s rose.

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