While speaking to a group of starry-eyed followers at an Organizing for Action health care summit on Monday, President Obama rewrote history, adding a modifier to his Obamacare promise that never existed.
For years, Obama repeatedly told Americans they could keep their health plan if they liked it -- period.
But that message got a modifier on Monday.
"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," the president said. "So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you're grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we're saying is they've got to change it to a higher standard."
But that is not what the president said.
"If you like your healthcare plan, you'll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what," he told the American Health Association in 2009.
Obama repeated that line multiple times.
Now, in what appears to be an attempt to pull off a "Jedi mind trick," Obama wants Americans to not believe their eyes and ears, but believe what he says today.
Moreover, he claimed that he couldn't allow insurance companies to offer plans he considers to be substandard.
“If we had allowed these old plans to be downgraded or sold to new enrollees once the law had already passed then we would have broken an even more important promise: making sure that Americans gain access to health care that doesn’t leave them one illness away from financial ruin,” he said.
Now, Americans are facing premiums and deductibles so expensive they may face financial ruin simply by paying the bill.
Making matters worse, Obama's political aides debated the issue and decided to continue lying to Americans about the plan for political expediency in an effort to keep the message simple.
"Simplification and ease of explanation were a premium, and that was true throughout the process," said former speechwriter Jon Favreau.
"The excuses they offer for the lie are those of a con man," said a post at the American Thinker. "They sound like a bunch of used car salesmen who neglected to mention that the vehicle was involved in a serious accident and has an oil leak, because that would confuse the buyer dazzled by the chrome on the grille."
Now, the president is trying to pull the wool over Americans' eyes once again, by claiming to have made a statement he never made.
One is reminded of the famous line from "Star Wars."
"These aren't the droids you're looking for."
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