President Obama’s Worthless Apology

To the millions of Americans who have lost their
health plans this year as a result of Obamacare, despite his pledge
that they could keep their plans if they liked them, President
Obama has something he’d like to say. He’s sorry…sort of.

an interview with NBC News
last night, the president was asked
whether he owed an apology to the millions of people who have
already lost plans this year. Here’s what he said: “I am sorry that
they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances
they got from me.”  

To the extent that it matters, this is not a very good apology.
For one thing, it gets the cause and effect wrong: People aren’t
“finding themselves” in “this situation”—the situation of having
insurance plans they liked cancelled—because of Obama’s
“assurances.” They are finding themselves in that situation because
of legislation that his party crafted, rules his administration
drafted, and a bill that he promoted vigorously and then signed
into law. His assurances misled people about what would happen
under that law, but did not cause the plans to be

But Obama isn’t sorry for the law, or its intended effects.
Notice also what Obama is carefully not apologizing for:
the actual cancellation notices now being sent to millions of
Americans. There’s a reason for that. As The Washington
Sarah Kliff
, “eliminating certain health plans from the market—ones
that the White House thinks are too skimpy—is a feature, not a bug,
of the Affordable Care Act.”

Obama isn’t sorry about the cancellations, in other words,
because they were intended all along. Despite his
recent rhetorical revisionism
, Obama explicitly promised
otherwise, repeatedly, in
order to help make the case for passing the law
. It was a
calculated and intentional deception. But apparently the president
remains unrepentant about that. If there’s news here, it’s not that
he apologized. It’s that he does not appear to be sorry that he

from Hit & Run

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