Obama’s Credibility Is Melting

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 at 7:59 am
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Then there is Mr. Obama’s bond with the American people, which is diminishing with the failed rollout of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is the central processing unit of the Obama presidency’s belief system. Now the believers are wondering why the administration suppressed knowledge of the huge program’s problems when hundreds of tech workers for the project had to know this mess would happen Oct. 1.

Rather than level with the public, the government’s most senior health-care official, Kathleen Sebelius, spent days spewing ludicrous and incredible happy talk about the failure, while refusing to provide basic information about its cause.

Voters don’t normally accord politicians unworldly levels of belief, but it has been Barack Obama’s gift to transform mere support into victorious credulousness. Now that is crumbling, at great cost. If here and abroad, politicians, the public and the press conclude that Mr. Obama can’t play it straight, his second-term accomplishments will lie only in doing business with the world’s most cynical, untrustworthy partners. The American people are the ones who will end up on the short end of those deals.

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One Response to “Obama’s Credibility Is Melting”

  1. V the K on 24/24/13 at 8:02 am

    I am just struck by how much Obama’s premier policy achievement … Obamacare … seemingly incorporates everything that’s wrong with this administration: Laziness, Dishonesty, Arrogance, and Complete Ignorance of Economics and Mathematics.

    Laziness – Obamacare would be rightly called Pelosicare, since Obama had very little to do with writing the legislation. It was outsourced entirely to the Democrats in Congress. It’s doubtful the law would have been any better had Obama been more involved, but the fact is, his administration just wanted a “Health Care Reform” law to sign and didn’t much care what was in it.

    Dishonesty – If the real goal had been to expand coverage for the uninsured, the simple solution would have been to expand Medicaid and raise taxes to pay for the expansion. But the Democrats (and Obama) wanted more than that, they also wanted to get their hooks into the health care industry and they wanted to be able to say “And we did it without taising taxes on the middle class.” So, they devised this tricky Rube Goldberg system of mandates, exchanges, and subsidies. When costs rose … as they inevitably would… Democrats could blame greedy insurance companies and maybe even haul them before Congress for show trials hearings and wag their fingers at them.

    Then, when the Obamacare website — which was designed to hide the costs of coverage from applicants — failed massively, Obama dismissed it as “just a glitch.” A bit like saying the maiden voyage of the Titanic was a complete success except for one minor glitch off the coast of Newfoundland.

    And don’t get me started on “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan…”

    Arrogance – The Obama Administration was warned repeatedly that the exchanges weren’t ready and that the program was flawed. But critics were dismissed as fearmongering racists.
    Complete Ignorance of Economics and Mathematics – The premise of Obamacare was that adding millions of people to the health care system and mandating higher levels of service would somehow bring costs down… which is like saying gas would cost less if the Governmen forced everybody to buy a Chevy Suburban.