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The Politics of Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

Poor David Plouffe.

The former Obama senior adviser and ABC News contributor said on This Week that the Affordable Care Act will “work really well” when all states run their own health-care exchanges and fully expand Medicaid–actions that may not be seen until President Obama is out of office in 2017.

How convenient. The gift that ObamaCare is for America will only dawn on Americans after the president has left the scene.

Mr. Plouffe added these observations. 

“Let’s fast forward to the State of the Union and the months after that. Health care working better, a lot of people signing up, the economy continuing to strengthen, hopefully no Washington shutdowns, I think the president’s numbers will recover. I think people’s confidence will recover.”

“I think people trust this president,” Plouffe added. “I think there have been numbers all over the place, but I’m confident in a few months from now, those trust numbers are going to come up.”

In fact the people don’t trust this president. Poll after poll shows a majority of Americans now believe Mr. Obama isn’t honest or truthful–perhaps because he repeatedly lied to them on, among other matters, whether people could keep their health-care plans.

Those lies, now exposed, have had a corrosive effect on the president’s credibility.

As for Plouffe’s wondrous scenario that awaits Mr. Obama just around the corner, this is the politics of faith and trust and pixie dust. 

Mr. Plouffe seems to believe that simply wishing an outcome will make it so. Real life doesn’t work that way.

The Obama presidency, thanks to the multiple and multiplying failures of ObamaCare, is experiencing the political equivalent of a Class III Hemorrhage. It’s more likely that a hypovolemic shock lies ahead rather than the bright political future sketched out by David Plouffe. And I suspect in his private, honest moments, even Mr. Plouffe knows that. 



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