Donald Lambro

"The administration is defending this pledge with a rather slim reed -- that there is nothing in the law that makes insurance companies force people out of plans they were enrolled in before the law passed," he writes.

In fact, "The president's statements were sweeping and unequivocal -- and made repeatedly both before and after the bill became law, at least three dozen times," Kessler said.

And he's not buying any of Obama's latest attempts to throw in some new definition of his policy promise.

"Now it turns out the president's promise came with a very large caveat: 'If you like your health-car plan, you'll be able to keep your health-care plan -- if we deem it to be adequate,'" he added.

Kessler's scoring system for dishonesty is based on the number of long-nose "Pinocchios" he gives his targets. He gives Obama four of them, the maximum failing grade.

But when Obama is caught being dishonest, he doesn't own up to it. Instead, he resorts to demagoguery and goes on the attack.

That's what he did when he went to Boston Wednesday for a stage- crafted, side-show, as his accomplices blamed insurance companies for the cancellation notices that were going out and the higher premiums they were charging for the additional benefits mandated by Obama's law.

"It's no surprise that some of the same folks trying to scare people now are the same folks who've been trying to sink the Affordable Care Act from the beginning," he said.

But the national news media isn't buying his excuses, and neither is a majority of the voters and even Democrats who now talk openly about his inattention to the details of governing.

The Post's political reporter Dan Balz sees much more at stake here than just some temporary "glitches" in the disastrous Obamacare rollout.

"Obama and the Democrats are the advocates for more government, which is why the problems with the rollout of the health-care law potentially loom so large, he says.

"When government doesn't work, it's difficult to convince people that government should do even more," he adds.

But Obama is still peddling bigger government as is his party, even though polls show more Americans now want government to do less.

In November 2008, voter exit polling showed 51 percent wanted government to do more for them. By Election Day 2012, 51 percent said government was doing too much.

On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she alone was the responsible for the problems with the rollout. But a prominent Democrat is suggesting that the law's real problems rest with Obama who doesn't like to dirty his hands with the complicated details of governing.

Obama "doesn't seem to be as relentlessly curious about the processes of government -- whether the legislative process or the implementation process or the administrative...process," says William Galston who was President Bill Clinton's chief domestic policy adviser.

That's when things can go wrong, and then "people start wondering if he's in charge, if he's a strong leader," Galston said.

What's shaping up here is another catastrophic failure of big government trying to do what the private sector can do better for a lot less. And the person responsible for all of this is the bystander who now sits in the Oval Office -- trying to point the finger of blame at everybody else.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.



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