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November 14, 2013

Americans just don't like being lied to

It is difficult to fathom that it has only been little more than a year since America re-elected Barack Obama president by a healthy five-million-vote margin.

If healthy is the word of the day, the president’s approval rating is anything but healthy, due in large part to the disastrous rollout of the new health care law.

Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, it has frustrated those who have tried to use it and put a big dent in the president’s approval rating.

Anyone who has been online knows the axiom: “To err is human, to really mess things up takes a computer.” Americans didn’t like it when the program’s website wouldn’t work, but they were generally willing to blame it on the computer geeks and give the president a pass, at least temporarily.

But Americans are far less forgiving when they think they have been lied to.

All through the aforementioned campaign, Obama defended the Affordable Care Act by telling us that if we wanted to keep our health insurance, we would be permitted to do so.

But, as he admitted last week, that just isn’t the case.

Put simply, if you have an insurance plan that doesn’t come up to the standards established in the Affordable Care Act, you won’t be allowed to keep it. Whether your plan would be inadequate if you come down with a serious injury isn’t the point. The point is that you were told you could keep it if you wanted, and now you can’t.

One reason Obama was able to win a year ago despite a struggling economy and a high jobless rate was that the voters liked him. They told pollsters that he was a good family man and they trusted him.

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