The dread of Obamacare has already helped to spike insurance premiums. No one yet quite knows how the massive wave of new regulations will affect patients, doctors and hospitals. Nearly three years after the bill's passage, the public is still not happy with even the idea of it.
It's not all bleak
Abroad, most believe Iran will either become a nuclear power or have to be stopped during Obama's second term. Obama's choices are bad versus worse: a nuclear-armed Iran bullying the Middle East with a sword of Damocles permanently suspended over Israel's head, or a pre-emptory war to defang the theocracy, leading to an almost certain Middle East wave of terrorism and a flaming Persian Gulf.
Yet not everything ahead is bleak. Vast new gas and oil finds could soon make America energy independent. The American economy is cyclical and may finally rebound on its own — if Obama just leaves it alone and stops regulating and borrowing.
Popular lore attests that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Let's hope that the same Democratic president, the same polarized Congress and the same divided country do something differently from the last lost four years.
TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES