Last year, my mother-in-law was told that her kids had bought her a birthday present of tickets for a concert at Strathmore, a local music hall. She was excited about the show, and she and my father-in-law drove to their daughter's house to pick up the tickets, all ready for a night at the orchestra.

But guess what? Her husband was fibbing when he said he had tickets for her. There was no concert for mother-in-law that night. Instead of tickets, the whole family was at her daughter's house, including brother John just in from Rome!


Was the birthday girl upset about the lack of concert tickets? No! Because she had something better — a catered birthday party with everyone she loved!

Here's one way to understand why Obama would falsely insist for years that "if you like your health plan, you can keep it."

Father-in-law needed the concert lie to get his wife to block out the evening, dress up and drive out to Rockville.

Obama needed the "you can keep it" lie to get Obamacare passed.

Once the in-laws got to Rockville, there was a pleasant surprise waiting that made the lie not matter.

Once Oct. 1 arrived, there was supposed to be a pleasant surprise waiting -- affordable health care plus tax credits through the exchanges.

What if my father-in-law had shown up in Rockville and there was neither tickets nor a party? That would be a pretty bad birthday.

Thanks, Obama.