His Excellency Regrets

There have been several pithy reactions to President Obama’s “apology” for having misled the American people on the basic promises of ObamaCare. But the one that gets closest, I think, to the public mood is Dennis Miller’s take: “Mr. President, if you liked your apology you can keep it.” In the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout and the confirmation that Obama made false promises in order to pass legislation that would negatively impact millions, some liberals tried to argue that the promises don’t matter: the policy’s legacy will rest on whether it works. That’s true enough in the long term, though it’s worth pointing out that the policy “working” is actually quite harmful to a broad swath of the country, so defining its success won’t be so simple for the administration’s defenders.