By AMANDA VENDER
It has been two years since President Barack Obama was elected. Let’s take a look at the promises he made on four key issues and what he has accomplished so far.
2008 Promise: Affordable health insurance for all; no one will be rejected from care because of age or illness.
2010: Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in March. Now people who don’t have insurance through their job will have to buy health insurance or pay a fine. The government offers help for
some people so that they can buy health insurance. People are still being rejected from care at record rates because that part of the new law doesn’t start until 2014.
2008 Promise: Remove most U.S. troops from Iraq by the year 2010; leave some troops to fight al Qaeda and to protect U.S. diplomats and U.S. citizens in Iraq.
2010: While Obama says that “combat” is over, 50,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq to “train, equip and advise the Iraqi Security Forces, and provide force protection for military and civilian personnel.”
2008 Promise: Lower taxes for working families; create more jobs; raise the minimum wage; provide more affordable housing.
2010: The official unemployment rate is 9.2 percent (in September, 2008, it was 6 percent). With the stimulus bill of 2009, $787 billion in government money was given out, including a tax cut for 95 percent of working people. According to Nobel Prize-winning economist,
Joseph Stiglitz, “What was needed was a stimulus of at least 50 percent larger.”
2008 Promise: More fences and guards at the U.S.-Mexico border; undocumented immigrants to become documented by paying a fine and learning English.
2010: In August, Obama signed a $600 million bill to send 1,500 new Border Patrol agents and police to the border. A record number of people have been deported to their home country under Obama.