November 15, 2013
CBS New Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett brought the entire Obamacare fiasco into focus at Thursday’s noon press conference when he asked the president if he had any regrets making his repeated promise, “Of you like your present plan, you can keep it — period.”
You said while the law was being debated, if you like your plan, you can keep it. You said after the law was implemented or signed, if you liked your plan, you can keep it. Americans believed you, sir, when you said that to them over and over.
Do you not believe, sir, the American people deserve a deeper, more transparent accountability from you as to why you said that over and over when your own statistics published in the Federal register alerted your policy staff — and I presume you — to the fact that millions of Americans would, in fact, probably fall into the very gap you’re trying to administratively fix right now?
You were informed, or several people within this building were informed, two weeks before the launch of the website that it was failing the most basic tests internally, and yet a decision was made to launch the web site on October 1st. Did you make that, and if so, do you regret that?
Mistakes, missed deadlines and wrong predictions can be forgiven — they’re a part of human nature. Presidential lies of this caliber cannot be forgiven because they tear at the very fabric of trust we expect from government.