November 12, 2013

Kathleen Parker: Americans deserve better apology for Affordable Care mess

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That reality was further enhanced when 16 Senate Democrats, including 15 who are up for re-election in 2014, stormed the White House barricades to express their outrage to the president.

Commenting afterward, Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado sent out a release saying he urged the president to extend the enrollment period and ensure that the ACA insurance exchange website is secure.

The White House issued its own release, saying the meeting was “to discuss the progress that’s been made” and “hear their input on existing challenges.”

Well, that’s one way of putting it.

Some consent to regret is better than none, I suppose, but the ultimate test of an apology is whether it results in restored trust. It isn’t at all clear that Obama accomplished this with his exclusive, one-on-one interview. A straight, detailed talk directly to the American people would seem a better bet for the longer run.

Detailing the overhaul of a sixth of the economy may not make good TV, but the American people deserve better than “Sorry about the mess.”

True contrition swells all hearts.

Kathleen Parker is a columnist for The Washington Post Writers Group. She can be contacted at:kathleenparker@washpost.com

 

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