"The president could have called together the White House regulars — the networks, wire services and major newspapers — and invited them to follow him on a tour to show the public the face of Americans who have no insurance or family doctor," Ayers writes. "He could have led them to West Virginia, where teams of doctors, dentists and nurses volunteer annually to treat the hill people who have no insurance."
With such use of the bully pulpit, TV news outlets "could send out to the country pictures of the army of hill folk from little towns who traveled, sometimes for great distances, to see the only doctor or dentist they will ever see," Ayers envisions. "Reporters could stand in line with an army of the wretched, talking to them about their lives until their number came up and it was their turn to enter the improvised clinic."
The beginning of Ayers's column is also a good ending: "In time, the Affordable Care Act may be seen as a fully accepted, even noble achievement of President Obama’s administration, but it also may be seen as the act that devoured him, rendering him mute when he needed to be most articulate."