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Obama’s achievements overlooked

So many Americans seem to be disappointed with President Obama.

The president should be judged by his achievements, not by the unrealistic fantasies held in 2008; and by that standard, Obama’s presidency is a major success.

Despite constant opposition from Republicans, Obama’s health-care reform law is working well. Enrollments came in above projections; the number of uninsured Americans has dropped sharply, and additional insurance companies are jumping into the exchanges to compete for new customers — all great signs for the Affordable Care Act.

Obama’s new emissions rules for power plants — the most important environmental initiative since the Clean Air Act — mark the first serious attempt to address climate change. Obama’s regulatory reforms of Wall Street have enraged the big banks — proof the new rules have teeth.

Yes, many Americans are disappointed that Obama didn’t manage to make our politics less bitter and polarized, but how was that possible, when Republicans were determined to block him from day one.

In the face of Republican’s relentless sabotage, Obama has moved the ball down the field. President Obama should be applauded for his effort.

Ron Lowe

Nevada City

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