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Posted: November 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Words have meaning.

Those words have been spoken by many well-known people including President Barack Obama. Unfortunately for our country, with each new issue we learn that the Left has a different dictionary than common resources like Merriam-Webster.

President Obama never varied from his pronouncement to provide health insurance coverage to the 47 million uninsured via the Affordable Care Act.

As early as Aug. 8, 2012, reported that the Congressional Budget Office, in a study with the Joint Committee on Taxation, said under ACA/Obamacare, “30 million non-elderly Americans will remain without health insurance in 2022.”

President Obama has steadfastly repeated for four years that if you like your insurance plan, your coverage and your doctors, you can keep them. “No one will take it away, no matter what,” he guaranteed and promised, “period.”

Rational people embrace Merriam-Webster’s definitions of “guarantee: an assurance for the fulfillment of a condition”; promise: a statement telling someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future.”

The deniers, however, characterize the president’s words as “misleading,” having lost some “nuance,” “over-promising” and “pre-launch salesmanship.”

Last week, when Obama could not avoid the reality of the increasing policy cancellations, he offered the simple solution: “So if you’re getting one of these letters, just shop around. ...”

This week he pitifully tried to salvage his original promises by adding a couple of sentences again inserting that big word “if.”

Per Merriam-Webster, responsibility is: “(1) the state of being the person who caused something to happen; (2) a duty or task that you are required or expected to do.”

To date, for all of the failures of reality, the Obama camp has blamed insurance companies, private businesses, employers, Republicans, the tea party and Fox News.

This week, senior Democrat strategist Donna Brazile blamed all of the media. recently reported that buried in the June 2010 Federal Register (a government document of about 81,000 pages) “administration officials predicted massive disruption of the private insurance market.”

NBC News’ Lisa Myers and Hanna Rappleye referenced the same publication in reporting “four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act” said that “50 to 75 percent” of individual policyholders will “likely” get cancellation notices under Obamacare.

The mid-range prediction for cancellation of employer-sponsored plans was 51 percent.

White House spokesman Jay Carney countered that the anticipated loss is really only “5 percent of the population.”

President Obama’s mouthpiece just told 15 million people — 5 percent — that they are unworthy to be a consideration. His arrogance reeks of “Let them eat cake.”

Carney is among those who try to temper the devastation by deeming the administration as all-knowing on the quality of each American’s insurance plan.

Right up there with “you didn’t build that” is your insurance plan you think you like, which Obama defenders were recently quoted as calling “bad,” “substandard,” “junk” or “crappy.”

Last week The San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California (ACA compliant exchange). Lee admitted up to 900,000 individuals will lose their current health coverage.

The number doesn’t include small or big business employees.

As of this week, nationally, 3.8 million Americans are losing coverage.

The most significant word of the day is “lie.”

Americans are asking if the president lied, and is he still doing it? His fervent supporters say “no,” but Obama is losing ground.

This week Kyle Smith of the New York Post reminded us that The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, an ardent Obama supporter, assigned the president four Pinocchios. Ultimately, Smith called Obama “a stone-cold liar.”

While the scare of this whole health care matter is focused on Americans and their families, we must be mindful of the health of our nation.

America has an elected president who, for the entire world to see, is being further diminished by his own words. It is unhealthy for a nation when its leader’s foremost enemy is transparency.

The unmistakable translucence lends vivid support for Obama largely and publicly being called a liar.

America’s heart and soul, those of God, the Constitution, country and the flag do not take pleasure in that. Our exceptional country is diminished because of it.

Yes. Words have meaning.

Betty Arenson is a Santa Clarita Valley resident. “Right Here, Right Now” appears Fridays in The Signal and rotates among Santa Clarita Valley Republicans.


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