Hubris is defined as excessive pride or arrogance. It has been interesting to watch things unfold in Washington, DC after the government shutdown ended and the spectacle of hubris on behalf of Congressional Democrats. If you recall, one of the main reasons Democrats forced the shutdown was their refusal to accept the Republicans’ observation that the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, was not ready for prime time and should rightly be delayed until the flaws in the law were corrected.
Democrats scoffed at this notion and defiantly shut down the government. They then went out of their way to inflict as much inconvenience and disruption upon the American people by closing parks, monuments and at one time, attempting to close part of the ocean off of the Florida Bay. Talk about hubris. They mocked Senator Ted Cruz as he took to the floor of the Senate to passionately plea for a delay to this unpopular and arguably unconstitutionally passed law that was clearly failing upon its early attempts at implementation. Scores of Americans’ insurance premiums were vastly increasing. The savings weren’t there. The doctors were not in the networks. The promised ease of use on Obamacare’s websites was not materializing.
Still, Democrats boasted about how this law was working and all that was being encountered by users were minor “glitches”. Then, 300,000 Floridians lost their health care coverage as a result of ObamaCare and the cries grew louder for a closer look at the processes. Privacy questions have now been raised. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at first ducked Congressional inquiries, but now has appeared before Congress. The hubris continues. The Secretary commented that she doesn’t work for the people who are calling for her resignation amid ObamaCare’s failures. Memo to Kathleen Sebelius: Congress has constitutional oversight responsibility, so yeah; you DO work for the people who are calling for your resignation. And just as the law you were charged with implementing affects all Americans, you work for ALL Americans, including the ones who have experienced the mostly negative consequences of this legislation. Keep in mind that Secretary Sebelius had three years to create, test and pilot the websites, processes and procedures for ObamaCare prior to the October 1, 2013 launch.
The hubris also extends to Democratic Representative Frank Pallone (NJ-06) for referring to the hearing where three IT contractors were testifying regarding the rollout, as well as privacy issues regarding ObamaCare, as a “monkey court” and refusing to yield the floor. His remarks were justly admonished by Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, as “out of line” and “inappropriate”.
Now we see Democrats, who are part of a party that just a few short weeks ago were puffing out their chests extolling the virtues of ObamaCare to the extent of closing down the government, run for cover over its bungled implementation. These hypocrites include Senators Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. In fact, it’s been reported that all 16 Democratic Senators who are up for reelection in 2014 now support delaying ObamaCare’s individual mandate. It wasn’t that long ago, weeks actually, that the word “delay” when uttered by Republicans was considered dirty. These Senators, some of the very people who scorned Senator Ted Cruz’s efforts prior to the shutdown, have vindicated his position.
Hubris is also described as “excessive ambition”. This extreme ambition and arrogance has been on particular display by Congressional Democrats for the past five years. Ambition this hubristic usually leads to a downfall. We will see if it leads to the downfall of ObamaCare.