Jonah Goldberg: The President, Congress and the great Obamacare lies
The President did his level best to explain that he was as in the dark as anybody about the problems with his signature legislation.
You can absolve Congress — Democrats and Republicans alike — of blame for the website's dysfunction. The record is pretty clear that the White House froze them out of that process. That was why Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, an architect of the law, finally went public with his prediction of a "train wreck" — because he was sick of being kept out of the loop on the site's progress.
There's a lot of chatter in Washington that Democrats on the Hill feel like they were lied to or misled by the White House. But if you understand how our Constitution works — and they should, given that they only took an oath to defend it — it's Obama who should feel lied to.
Now the same people who literally wrote the law feel betrayed when the law does exactly what they intended. That's like getting mad at a remote control car when you crash it. Yes, the website's failures make the panic more acute, but the fact remains that the Affordable Care Act is doing precisely what it's supposed to do.
Jonah Goldberg is an editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him by e-mail at JonahsColumn@aol.com.
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