Credibility (Nov. 12, 2013)
It is no surprise to those paying close attention that not everyone was going to be able to keep his or her health insurance once the Affordable Care Act kicked in. After all, one of the perceived benefits of Obama Care was setting a minimal level of benefits that all health insurance plans had to offer. There were only two ways an insurance company offering an inferior plan could meet that requirement: Improve their plan or stop offering it.It is perhaps also no surprise that the President, convinced that the plan would significantly improve the lives of most average Americans, over sold it by stating categorically there was no downside to anyone from its enactment.
What is surprising, however, and more than a little disconcerting, is that so many of the President’s friends, confidants and Congressional leaders allowed him to taint his credibility with America by staying silent to his continued hyperbole.
After all, this was not simply a throw-away line, said once and hopefully forgotten, like “I don’t bluff.” (Referring to the supposed line in the sand the President laid out for Syria.)
It was said repeatedly countless times to countless audiences: “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”
And yet not one of the President’s friends had the courage to publicly correct him……including the Congressman who helped draft the law. Instead, he, and many others in Congress, stood by and watched. And said nothing.
Sooner or later, they will need to atone for their silence and tell the American public why they failed to serve the President….and all of us…by simply telling the truth.
We deserve people in DC who respect us enough to do just that. I hope you agree.