Donald Lambro

The unraveling of the Barack Obama's dysfunctional presidency started when it became clear his policies were not improving a jobless economy that is still on the Fed's temporary life- support system.

Things went from bad to worse when he won a second term without offering a new agenda. The government was on auto-pilot and remains so today. It is still sinking deeper into debt (two-thirds of a trillion dollars this year), jobs are in short-supply, we've lost the respect of our allies, global terrorism is spreading, but at long last the national news media seems to be turning on him.

His administration was irreparably tarnished by its bungled attempt to cover up the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Lybya, rejecting pleas for security that never came. Then it took a huge hit in its sinister plot to use the IRS to suppress conservative groups opposing his re-election.

Now his health care program, the only major legislative achievement that he hoped would be his legacy, is coming apart at the seams.

Its shaky, under-tested online, sign-up program crashed on the first trial run. It is now clear Obama was not telling the truth when he swore no one would lose health care policies they wanted to keep.

This past week, the White House went to great lengths to deny what the news media was reporting and that the administration's own regulations spelled out in clear detail: If existing private health care policies did not contain the benefits mandated under Obamacare, they wouldn't meet the government's standards.

The West Wing's response from the beginning was that if the insurance companies cancelled any policies, they were to blame, not Obama's health care law.

Valerie Jarrett, Obama's shadowy fixer and political apologist (the only such adviser who's been given Secret Service protection) sent out this tweet Monday, rejecting the news reports on all of the TV networks:

"FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans."

Other administration officials maintained the millions of policy cancellations that have been sent out in the last few months were due to policies that were "substandard" and didn't contain the health care benefits that the government now mandates.

But the Washington Post's highly respected fact checker, Glenn Kessler, rejected Jarett's claim, as well as Obama's repeated insistence that "If you like your health-care plan, you'll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what."


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.