The “Lie of the Year” has been named this 2013, and this unwanted award has been given this week to President Obama for his frequent promise, “You Can Keep It,” regarding U.S. people’s health care plan. Fact checkers as part of the PolitiFact project have confirmed that this has been the biggest and most frequently “voted” upon lie, NPR.org reveals this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
According to the site’s statement on the Lie of the Year 2013, and the frequent issues surrounding health care changes this year:
"Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology … For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,' the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice."
The site goes on to say that repeatedly promising “You Can Keep It” was a far too general and limited promise that did not include any of the changes or stipulations Obamacare would create in the health care system here in the U.S.
"Obama's ideas on health care were first offered as general outlines then grew into specific legislation over the course of his presidency. Yet Obama never adjusted his rhetoric to give people a more accurate sense of the law's real-world repercussions, even as fact-checkers flagged his statements as exaggerated at best … Instead, he fought back against inaccurate attacks with his own oversimplifications, which he repeated even as it became clear his promise was too sweeping."
Back in 2012, the “Lie of the Year” was given to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who made a claim that Jeep was planning on moving its national production over to China. Do you agree with President Obama being the “award winner” for his “You Can Keep It” slogan this 2013 regarding health care?