The first example was such an obvious fabrication that, as the deadline rapidly approaches and a lead technicianadmits that up to 40 percent of the site’s IT systems remain unbuilt, administration officials have been frantically trying to back away from it. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is now saying that the site will remain a work in progress, and Vice President Joe Biden appears to be gearing up to blame God if the promised improvements fail to materialize.
As for the second point, the president seems to think that he has the power to make and change laws simply by talking. Meanwhile, he has already threatened to veto a bill introduced by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) – known as the “keep your plan bill” – that would have made his promise legal and in accordance with the Constitution. When Republicans tried to use proper congressional procedure to change Obamacare, they were chastised because “it’s the law.” Strange that the president’s executive decrees draw no such admonition.
The latest embarrassment came as a single mother touted by the administration as an example of Obamacare’s success discovered that she wasn’t eligible for the tax credits she had been promised. You know you have a problem when even your success stories turn out to be failures. You know it’s time for some self-reflection when even Bill Clinton is lecturing you about honesty and integrity.
Seeing promise after promise fall apart under even the lightest scrutiny, the obvious question is: what next? President Obama has emerged as a national boy who cried wolf, with a plummeting approval rating now at an all-time low of 37 percent, with disapproval of Obamacare itself reaching a record 61 percent. Meanwhile the rest of the country waits fearfully to see what else will turn out to be untrue. If I had to bet, I’d put my money on “everything.”