President Obama, who has been criticized for repeatedly saying that Americans can keep their individual healthcare plans if they like them under Obamacare, defended these statements, which earned him "Four Pinocchios" from Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post.
During the speech (click on the video to watch), President Obama said,
"Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed."
Levin played several examples of President Obama making the claim without the qualifier, "if it hasn’t changed since the law passed."
Levin said, "Boy, can he lie!"
"If you like your plan you can keep it and you don't have to change a thing due to the health care law." [added emphasis]
Jonathan Strong of the National Review reported that House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer made the outrageous statement that Obama's repeated claim that people could keep their health insurance was not "wrong," but was "not precise enough."
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempted damage control by telling Bill Maher that the claim was not a "lie" for the "overwhelming majority of Americans." Michael Dorstewitz of BizPacReview reported that she said,
“It was not a lie, let’s just be very clear. When the president and myself and every other Democrat talked about that if you like your health care you can keep it, that was referring to the overwhelming majority of Americans who had health care,” she said. “The reality of Obamacare is, not only are they able to keep their health care, but it is very likely going to cost less and have better benefits.”
Even Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye of NBC reported that President Obama knew as early as 2010 that individuals would not be able to keep their health insurance plans whether they liked them or not, but Obama and his allies kept up the facade until as recently as 2012.
"...the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them."
The new narrative being pushed by the Obama Administration is to blame insurance companies for cancelling individual health care policies, as reported by the Examiner.
Joe Newby of the Examiner summed up by saying,
"Now, the president is trying to pull the wool over Americans' eyes once again, by claiming to have made a statement he never made."