President Obama's proposed policy "fix" may ultimately fix little in the mess the Affordable Care Act has created, but his concessions Thursday nonetheless made history. In an unprecedented admission, Obama not only owned up to failure — something he has never done — but he admitted to misleading congressional Democrats who are now being blamed for telling their constituents they could keep insurance plans they liked.
Obama also admitted he hoped the duped would ultimately be OK with being duped because they would discover these great new plans they didn't know would be oh-so-much better than the current plans and then would maybe, only maybe, cost less or the same as their old plan. "My expectation was that for 98 percent of the public either it genuinely wouldn't change at all, or they would be pleasantly surprised with the options in the marketplace and that the grandfather clause would cover the rest. That proved not to be the case. And that's on me," he said.
There's a lot "on" Obama now as Democrats scramble to distance themselves from his false promise, the failed website and the president himself in the wake of ObamaCare's frightful start. As a lame-duck president with approval ratings down in the danger zone and little prospect for a second-term agenda, Obama will soon find that unless the ACA's enrollment and popularity increase dramatically, he is all alone.
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