By now, the litany of broken promises accompanying the president’s signature healthcare initiative has become all too apparent. The “if you like your plan, you can keep it” quote – and its disconnect from reality – has been drilled into the American consciousness to the point where it will likely go down as one of the most iconic moments of Barack Obama’s presidency.
But what is too often lost in the—entirely justified—condemnation of this particular line is that it is far from an isolated incident. Obamacare was sold to the American people on a bed of misinformation so thick it would take a princess of exceptional refinement to sense the proverbial pea of truth buried underneath.
Now it looks like, in addition to losing health insurance coverage the president promised they would be able to keep, many Americans are about to lose their doctors as well. So much for the president’s 2009 speech in which hepledged: “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”
In short, the administration’s credibility is shot and yet, amazingly, they seem to have learned nothing from the experience. With every broken promise comes a shrug, an insincere apology and a new set of “guarantees” that even the most credulous among us would struggle believing. Have we set the bar for accountability so low that we’re not even going to pretend that promises matter anymore?
Two more recent offenses are the administration’s initially confident assertion that the troubled Healthcare.gov website will be fully functional by the end of November, and the president’s governing-via-press-conference attempt to make good on his “if you like it you can keep it” claim.