October 30, 2013
WaPo fact checker awards 'Four Pinocchios' to Obama's promise that 'if you like your plan you can keep it'Topics: Political News and commentaries
We're talkin' 4 Pinocchios ... and it wasn't even a close call:
[...] The administration is defending this pledge with a rather slim reed -- that there is nothing in the law that makes insurance companies force people out of plans they were enrolled in before the law passed. That explanation conveniently ignores the regulations written by the administration to implement the law. Moreover, it also ignores the fact that the purpose of the law was to bolster coverage and mandate a robust set of benefits, whether someone wanted to pay for it or not.Translation: A whopper of a lie!
The president's statements were sweeping and unequivocal -- and made both before and after the bill became law. The White House now cites technicalities to avoid admitting that he went too far in his repeated pledge, which, after all, is one of the most famous statements of his presidency.
The president's promise apparently came with a very large caveat: "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan -- if we deem it to be adequate."
And as Doug Powers points out, not only is the "if you like your plan you can keep it" promise a total lie, the Obama administration knowingly and purposefully went out of its way to ensure many people couldn't keep their plans, regardless of whether they liked them or not.
Meanwhile, as Obama goes to Boston today to tout Obamacare's success (go figure!) Mitt Romney rightly blasted the Obamacare rollout on his Facebook page - as "a frustrating embarrassment" - and faulted Obama's approach saying overhauling the nation's health care system was best managed at the state level as he did in Massachusetts:
In the years since the Massachusetts health care law went into effect nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country. Beyond that, had President Obama actually learned the lessons of Massachusetts health care, millions of Americans would not lose the insurance they were promised they could keep, millions more would not see their premiums skyrocket, and the installation of the program would not have been a frustrating embarrassment. Health reform is best crafted by states with bipartisan support and input from its employers, as we did, without raising taxes, and by carefully phasing it in to avoid the type of disruptions we are seeing nationally.
Posted by Hyscience at October 30, 2013 3:04 PM
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