Barney Frank, the former Democratic US Representative from Massachusetts, said during a recent interview with HuffPost that President Obama and his administration shouldn’t have told people “that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it” during the debate over the Affordable Care Act because they knew that was not the reality. The former House Financial Services Committee Chairman said “They just lied to people,” and went on to say that he was “appalled.”
Frank was and still is a strong supporter of the ACA, but made it clear he disagreed with the strategy the White House chose to employ. He believes that Obama made a poor political decision by lying about the details of the ACA, known commonly as Obamacare, rather than tell people that the law would eliminate “inadequate” health care plans resulting in higher cost plans.
Frank told HuffPost “He should have said, 'Look, in some cases the health care plans that you've got are really inadequate, and in your own interests, we're going to change them, but that's not what he said."
Frank’s statements are the most recent by Democrats that confirm that the White House knew that the promise that individuals would be able to keep their insurance plans if they liked them was false, but decided that the ACA would not pass if people were told they could lose their plans and face increases for new plans as a direct result of Obamacare, so the White House (Obama) made the decision to lie to get the bill passed into law.
New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was one of the first to openly confirm that it was common knowledge that Obama was lying as he repeated over in over in speeches (at least 36 times) that people could keep their health care insurance plans if they wanted to under the ACA. While doing a TV interview in November 2013, the junior New York Senator said "We all knew" when asked about the firestorm that had recently erupted over the statement when people began getting notices of cancellations from their insurance companies. Like Frank, she justified the conspiracy to lie to the people by the Democratic leadership by saying that it was for their benefit.
By repeating what they knew to be a lie in their efforts to sway voters, Frank and Gillibrand, along with President Obama, Vice-President Biden and 27 Democratic Senators that repeated the “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” lie, determined that we are not capable of deciding for ourselves what is best for us and that they are justified in relieving us of that stress. If lying aides in achieving the desired objective, so be it.
What does it say about a law that requires mass deception, sweetheart deals and threats to reach the number of votes needed to pass when one party has full control of the government? It says it’s a bad law that could never have passed on its merits.
Is it any wonder that a party that will lie en masse to achieve their objective encourages a president to push the boundaries of the US Constitution to advance an agenda that they cannot pass through the prescribed method?
And before the “Republicans are obstructionists” chorus breaks out, let’s remember that this is not the first president in our history that had a divided Congress. The difference in this case is that there has been a lack of sincere negotiation by a White House that has shown repeatedly that they will lie without hesitation if they believe it is in the people’s best interests, making meaningful negotiations almost impossible. How does one make deals with those that have proven they cannot be trusted to speak truthfully?