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The Hartford Courant editorial writes on the current troubles of president Obama and Obamacare. First citing the statement that citizens can keep their insurance but now realize they can’t. The second is the promise that people will save $2500, somehow, with the new program and are not. The Courant says in the editorial:

Mr. Obama said Thursday that he's sorry Americans are losing their insurance plans he'd assured them they could keep, but he didn't say he was sorry for making those promises.

Thus clarifying what it was Obama was sorry for.

The editorial doesn’t say the president lied. In the first mention the Courant leaves it up to us: “President Obama lied, misled, misspoke — however you want to frame it...” in another part it makes the choice “Even Democratic champions of the law are feeling misled about its flaws...”
as for the promise of saving $2500 a year the paper, they cite another source for the word “...That was, to put it politely, a ‘misleading’ campaign promise based on what the respected organization calls ‘misleading math.’”. Well Courant, what do you call it?

One thing we do know is that the selling point was the opposite of “truth” and for that the Courant admits as much in the last sentence:

The ACA had enough to recommend it — including reducing the ranks of the uninsured by 30 million, as well as guaranteeing health insurance for everyone — without the false statements.

Are false statements and reality two different thing? What the ACA “had” going for it is not what it is providing in actual practice, in fact just the opposite. Instead of “reducing” the ranks of the uninsured it’s increased them thus not living up to its “guarantee”. Throw the false statements away and we still have the harsh reality. The problem is ACA not its selling point.

It could very well be that president Obama really just took it for granted that Obamacare would save people money and that they could keep their insurance. He could have been advised that this would be the case and that was the end of it, went off to endlessly campaign on the promise and when reality set, soon discovered, like the rest of us that Obamacare doesn’t work as promised.

It really doesn’t matter whether he lied or not. The point is that we cannot expect government to conduct markets and behavior. It doesn’t have the superior knowledge of how things work just by virtue of being called “government”. Unintended consequences occur. It happens in all markets, but markets don’t operate by a central command and they are able to adjust and reconfigure. With centralized control, this can’t happen.

So in a moral sense we can worry about the president lying, but it’s besides the point. Actually it detracts from the real problem of Obamacare and every other big government impositions in our daily lives in that it is impossible to guarantee people a better, cheaper and healthier existence just by enacting laws making it so.



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