The president has been "less-than-candid," Bob Herbert writes in the New York Times:
In his acceptance speech, for example, candidate Obama took a verbal shot at John McCain, sharply criticizing him for offering "a health care plan that would actually tax people's benefits."
Now Mr. Obama favors a plan that would tax at least some people's benefits. Mr. Obama also repeatedly said that policyholders who were pleased with their plans and happy with their doctors would be able to keep both under his reform proposals.
Well, that wasn't necessarily so, as the president eventually acknowledged. There would undoubtedly be changes in some people's coverage as a result of "reform," and some of those changes would be substantial.
If ObamaCare is such a good idea, why can't the president make the case for it without being "less-than-candid," as Mr. Herbert, who isn't exactly a member of the vast right-wing conspiracy, puts it?