President Barack Obama’s assertion that stated “If you like your health plan, you can keep it” has been named the “Lie of the Year 2013” by PolitiFact, according to a CBS News report on Friday. PolitiFact is a fact-checking organization derived from the Tampa Bay Times.
President Obama’s no infamous promise which he repeated during and after the passage of his 2010 health care bill through Congress is determined by PolitiFact to be a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to overhaul the United States’ heal care system. However, states the fact-checking organization, the promise was impossible to keep.
The organization explained that the cancellation letters sent to approximately 4 million Americans from insurance companies showed the public that Obama’s “breezy” assurances were wrong. It went on to say that boiling down the complicated health care law to a sound-bite proved treacherous – even for its “promoter-in-chief.” The organization concluded by saying that Obama and his team made matters worse by suggesting that they had been misunderstood – and the political uproar that followed resulted in a rare presidential apology.
In that rare apology, Obama said, “We weren’t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place, and I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position, a better position than they were before this law happened – and I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”
Quite confusingly since that statement, the Obama administration still insists that nothing in the health care law explicitly forces insurance companies to cancel plans or shift customers to a new plan – which means next year’s “lie of the year” could be in progress. By now it is well-known that plans are being cancelled or changing greatly because they don’t fit the new Obama care law. People are beginning to strongly suspect that this was well-known in 2010 when the law was passed.
Other candidates of the “lie of the year?” It doesn’t really matter. No other lie came even close to the winner.