Why Is This Election More About Education Than Health Care

English: Detail of Preamble to Constitution of...
English: Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the United States Polski: Fragment preambuły Konstytucji Stanów Zjednoczonych (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am always amazed at how naive Americans can be.  Every day I am forced to see an advertisement for one politician or another.  What amazes me is that millions of Americans actually believe what they are being told.

There is a reason that most of us were required to take a course in government when we were in high school.  In Civics class we were expected to learn what the U.S. Constitution says and how the American government is supposed to work.

As millions of Americans believe the impossible claims by presidential candidates that are dividing our nation, they are indicting the American education system.

Below are just samples of the lies that candidates are telling us and Americans are believing


Mitt Romney has tried to convince Americans that if he is elected president he would “repeal Obamacare.”  Earlier today one of my clients called to ask me what would happen to health insurance if he is elected.

Those who remember high school government class know that one man – even the president – does not have the power to change an existing law.  In order to repeal the PPACA a majority of both houses of congress must agree with the president that the law should be repealed.  The president does not have the authority to repeal any law.   The only thing that he can do without the help of congress is to issue Executive Orders to help federal employees enforce the laws that are made by congress.


Mr. Obama consistently takes credit for the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Act.  There is no question that he made health insurance a major plank of controversy during his 2008 presidential campaign.  However, it is incorrect to think that he was the one who caused the PPACA to become law.

It took 60 senators and 219 congressional representatives in the House of Representatives.


My conclusion is that both candidates are either ignorant that the President of the United States is not a monarch or are incapable of recognizing the importance of other people.

I am not impressed with the character of either presidential candidate.  However, I am amazed that millions of Americans are more willing to believe the lies of politicians than spend the time to vote based on truth.