Cal  Thomas

The president's decline in popularity goes beyond blame. He also does not tell the truth. Recall during the debate over government health care his repeated assurances that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it. But Politico reports, "Part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this September could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage, violating a key goal of President Barack Obama's reforms."

And Politico continued, "Employer groups say the ban could essentially wipe out a niche insurance market that many part-time workers and retail and restaurant employees have come to rely on."

And, "Depending on how strictly the administration implements the provision, the ban could in effect outlaw the plans or make them so restrictive that insurance companies would raise rates to the point they become unaffordable."

Critics of Obama's health reform law predicted exactly that, but the president accused them of misleading the public. Who is misleading whom?

There is a point in every presidency when the public discerns when a president is succeeding, or whether he is in over his head and is failing. That point is rapidly approaching for President Obama. It is not good for the country to have a failing president, especially this early in his term, but that is a conclusion being reached by more than conservative talk show hosts. It is one now increasingly shared by a disappointed public.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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