Woven through the non-stop evaluations of and reports about Obamacare’s failures is an undercurrent of wounded wonder: The President lied.

He lied about keeping one’s doctor and keeping one’s health insurance plan. Repeatedly. Frequently. Blithely. His defenders are reduced to such justifications as this by CNN commentator L.Z. Granderson: “President Obama … should have been more forthright with how the Affordable Care Act was going to impact the country. But with that being said, all Americans know politicians lie. The question is, which lies can you live with? And, time and time again, Americans have said we can deal with the lies that President Obama tells us because we believe in his heart, he has the best interest for the American people. Every president is going to lie to you. Every politician is going to lie to you. The question is, which lies can you live with?”

“Americans have said we can deal with the lies that President Obama tells us.” Really? When? Mr. Granderson’s projection of the apparent suspension of his own sense of honor onto 315 million of his fellow citizens is laughable.

And since when do good intentions and lying go hand-in-hand? Using both biblical and classical measurements of virtue, it is impossible to fuse two fundamentally conflicting moral principles. In other words, a liar’s intentions are never truly good: they invariably are symptomatic of either cowardice or cynicism.

The damage to Mr. Obama’s credibility transcends disappointment and veers into disgust. In a striking headline, the December 4 National Journal reports, “Millennials Abandon Obama and Obamacare: A majority of America’s youngest adults would vote to recall the president.” Here’s a brief excerpt: “Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of millennials, people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes of the president and his signature health care law. The most startling finding of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics: A majority of Americans under age 25 – the youngest millennials – would favor throwing Obama out of office.”


Rob Schwarzwalder

Schwarzwalder, senior vice president of the Family Research Council, is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and graduate of Western Seminary (Portland, OR).