WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama’s approval rating is at the lowest it has ever been and some recent polls say the Affordable Care Act is to blame.
As the White House nears a self-imposed deadline to get the healthcare.gov site up and running, the Obama Administration continues to deal with the fallout from the site’s launch.
Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro sat down with former presidential adviser David Gergen, where he told her he thinks the president lied to the American public.
“Millions of Americans feel bamboozled. They sense that they’ve been lied to,” Gergen said.
“I think the White House intentionally misled the country on it,” he continued. “They had a big argument on this whether they should be straightforward about this or not. And they knew that a lot of people who had substandard plans were going to lose their plans. And they decided not to tell people. And that shows intentionality about misleading people.”
Gergen is the only politico who has come right out and said he thinks the president lied.
Two other political heavyweights from both sides of the aisle, Republican Bill Kristol and Democrat Howard Dean, also opened up in an interview with Policastro.
“We found out that 27,000 people signed up in the first month, do you think that’s good enough?” Policastro asked.
“Well, even the Obama Administration doesn’t think it’s good enough. They will say that they’ll do better… we will see,” Kristol said.
Dean, who worked as a doctor for more than 10 years, said Obamacare wasn’t his first choice, but he’s confident it can work and it will work.
“It will be the president’s legacy whether it works or whether it doesn’t. I think it will,” Dean said.
So after years of debate, a Supreme Court ruling, and more than 40 Republican-led repeal votes, now the question is if and when the law will work.
Attempts to reach the White House for comment were unsuccessful.