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Credibility comes with telling the truth.
President Barack Obama is learning that the hard way. He told the nation it would be able to keep its health care insurance if it was preferred over what the Affordable Health Care Act offered, and that has proven not to be the case by the millions.
That is a whopper of a mistruth.
Most of the penalty has not fallen on Obama. It is the Americans whose insurance policies have been canceled — some during treatment for an ailment or illness — who must bear the burden of the situation. It is their health and their health coverage on the line.
But Obama is not the only one to blame. All of the members of Congress who voted for the act have a hand in it, too. This might affect their re-election chances in 2014, particularly if their poll numbers jibe with Obama's.
Fifty-three percent of Americans believe he is not honest and trustworthy, according to a CNN poll. That only four out of 10 Americans now believe President Obama can manage the federal government effectively means that the untruth about health care had extensive ramifications.
But the question of being able to manage might extend beyond Obamacare. Former President Bill Clinton still enjoyed three-quarters of Americans' confidence in his ability to manage even after the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Even so, the truth still matters, and according to Americans polled, especially when it directly affects their lives and their health care.