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“Now it’s a matter of trust, and that’s very dangerous territory,” Mr. Priebus said. “People can disagree with each other. But when they start to believe you’re not being an honest person — and on top of it, people are actually suffering from losing insurance policies and paying more money — there is nothing more toxic than that.”

The president has one chance at getting out of this mess. He can come clean with the American people and admit he did not tell the truth when he said people could keep their insurance with the new health care law.

Then he should work with Congress to construct a bill that allows people to keep their own policies. Doing that may cause the whole Obamacare house of cards to crumble, but the alternative is a legacy of lies and deceit.

Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times and author of the book “Emily Gets Her Gun … But Obama Wants to Take Yours” (Regnery 2013).