Confronted with video evidence that he had at on at least one occasion smoked crack, the mayor of Toronto explained that he must have been extremely drunk at the time.
Perhaps Barack Obama should fall back on that excuse for the apparent implosion of his signature healthcare insurance legislation.
We believe Americans will be less likely than Canadians to accept fall-down drunkenness as an excuse, but it is as good as any the president has come up with so far.
When the Affordable Care Act website turned out to be complete rubbish, he claimed total ignorance.
While the president is a busy man and may not have been directly responsible for checking to see if the website was working, it is troubling that he leads an administration that hired, at huge expense, a team less able to build a working website than Romanian pornographers.
When it turned out that indeed you may not keep your insurance if it does not meet certain requirements, Obama tried to redefine ‘keep.’
When we discover that for various reasons few are signing up to join the government insurance pool, the president says it will all be revealed in the fullness of time.
These are lame excuses.
While the American health-care system is the best in the world, the Obama administration has built an insurance system that will keep anyone not homeless from being able to use it. The majority of Americans now live in a world of health-insurance uncertainty.
For years advocates of healthcare reform have said that fixing insurance would fix the system.
Sadly, now that we see this disaster in the clear light of day, it is obvious that any ‘fix’ is way down the road.
And the road is going to be strewn with the skeletons of those who tried and failed to understand how to make their health insurance work in the new world order.
Before Obamacare we had a some number of people who wanted insurance and could not get it, a fairly large number of people either too careless, ignorant or uncaring to want it and a broad majority who had health insurance that, like a farmer complaining about the weather, they disparaged but now sorely miss.
We have entered a vast insurance black hole led by a man without the leadership skills to admit that he was drunk when he accidentally smoked crack.
That’s a far better excuse than anything we’ve heard from the president so far.