President Obama’s promise, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it,” is probably going to go down as one of the more infamous presidential deceptions of all time. James Polk’s “Fifty-four Forty or Fight” was just a campaign ploy to bring certain voters over to his side back in 1844. John Kennedy’s claim of a “missile gap,” intimating that the Soviet Union was now ahead of us in missile development, was a brazen lie to try to discredit Richard Nixon. But neither of those falsehoods rival Obama’s simply because his was the opening act of an ongoing, blatant attempt to transform the American economy, and the society overall, into his image. It’s far more pernicious.
In the past few days, we’ve been treated to the bad news that a few million individual policies have been canceled, with millions more to come. Due to all the added requirements from the laughably misnamed Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have to change what many consumers thought were perfectly fine policies. And if your policy changes materially—which is what it is forced to do—you aren’t allowed to stay with it. The government has deemed your former policy substandard; it has set itself up as the referee for what substandard means. King Obama has decreed it:
Then we had the ludicrous testimony from Kathleen Sebelius, the woman ostensibly in charge of implementing Obamacare. She performed the usual government doublespeak of “taking full responsibility” while simultaneously taking no responsibility for what went wrong. In fact, she barely acknowledged that there are serious issues. There was one particular Alice-in-Wonderland moment:
Well, it’s not just a website crashing:
Why does this administration have any credibility left at all? Among those who can think, it doesn’t. Through it all, the Obama approach has remained the same—stay detached from actual involvement and just keep giving campaign speeches. I’m not sure we’ve ever had a president who was this AWOL:
Honestly, though, I’m not sure that’s necessarily bad for the country. If he would like to absent himself from all future policy decisions, I wouldn’t object.