By: Marilyn Assenheim
On Monday The Lyin’ King claimed that Obamacare had enrolled “100 million people.” As the New York Post pointed out, he’d overstated “by about 99.9 million.” This was just the opening salvo in what has finally caused the most loyal of The Lyin’ King’s flacks to register a smidgen of doubt about his “credibility.”
The Obamacare “truth” meltdown has rapidly morphed from a snowball into a full-scale avalanche. Last Thursday, The Lyin’ King added to the accuracy of his moniker by swearing that he hadn’t lied about the government healthcare website being ready on time. According to Breitbart, the Imperial president claimed he wasn’t “stupid enough to claim that that the website would work if he knew that it would not.” Oops. On Tuesday, The White House spokesperson publically called the lie…a lie: “Jay Carney admitted that President Obama had, in fact, been briefed earlier in the year about potential problems with the website.” That briefing took place in March of this year. On Thursday FOX News reported: The White House is under intensified pressure to hit pause on the rollout of ObamaCare as evidence mounts that officials knew well ahead of time of major problems in the new health care law and its implementation — raising questions whether the administration went ahead, nonetheless, for political purposes.
This week, The Detroit Free Press weighed in on the issue: “President Barack Obama has bigger problems than a broken website. He has bigger challenges than fixing a premature and disastrous rollout of a national health care system that should have been a huge feather in his legacy cap.
What he must do now, more than fix health care, is fix the huge credibility problem he has with the American people. It’s a problem that didn’t begin with the Affordable Health Care Act.
How many times can a president say ‘I didn’t know’?”
Even Time magazine’s December 2 issue sports a cover for that is hardly likely to add luster to The Lyin’ King’s ignature mandate. The cover shows a broken pill labeled “Obamacare” with the caption “Broken Promise” beneath it. Time’s article, accompanying the cover, states that The Lyin’ King’s “problems” began only recently, when he began “apologizing” for being caught out: “It happened when he started apologizing… For not knowing what was going on in his own Administration. For failing to prevent his signature achievement from detonating in prime time. For not telling the whole truth when he promised people that Obamacare would not touch them without permission: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Time’s article closes with a typically liberal lament: “What is left of Obama’s second term if it is consumed by fixing an unpopular policy from the first? How could a White House appear so confident and incompetent at the same time?”This is small beer, too little too late. If they were serious, this question might have been asked by Time, their brothers in the media and elected officials on both sides of the aisle five years ago.
In a desperate attempt to hang onto their careers by their fingernails, the MSM and political figures on both sides of the aisle are only just beginning to question The Lyin’ King’s truthfulness. They are asking questions, however timidly, about whether the Imperial President is being “honest.” Obamacare was never about protecting anyone; it was a political tactical strike, intended to destroy the private insurance business and take over 1/6 of America’s economy. Despite what leftist diehards doubtlessly consider a minor setback, Democrats will never give up the struggle to make real what isn’t. The latest ploy, led by The Lyin’ King, himself, seeks distance from the term “Obamacare” in hopes that this will fool everyone. The Lyin King notably owned the term “Obamacare” throughout the 2012 campaign. Confronted with Obamacare blowing up in his face like an exploding cigar, however, things are different. According to the Washington Free Beacon: “The term “Obamacare” has largely disappeared from the mouths of Democrats as the president’s health care reform law has gone from a rallying cry to a political grenade…During an apologetic press conference Nov. 14, Obama referred to his law as the Affordable Care Act 12 times but did not say ‘Obamacare’ once.” Changing the term “liberal” to “progressive” didn’t change the facts either.
On Thursday FOX News reported: The White House is under intensified pressure to hit pause on the rollout of ObamaCare as evidence mounts that officials knew well ahead of time of major problems in the new health care law and its implementation — raising questions whether the administration went ahead, nonetheless, for political purposes.”
And still, one hears the ludicrous question being posed about The Lyin’ King’s “credibility.” Millions of Americans have lost their health care coverage. Millions more are expected to lose theirs in the soon-to-be-expected second wave of insurance cancellations. So The Lyin’ King waved his magic wand and insisted that cancelled policies be reinstated…temporarily.
It isn’t a question of credibility. The Lyin’ King never had it. The situation is more analogous to the Roman Emperor Caligula standing at the edge of the sea and demanding that the waves retreat.
It didn’t work for Caligula, either.