Barack Obama repeatedly promised Americans they could keep their health insurance if they liked it. That statement turned out to be a lie, and was named the "Lie of the Year" for 2013 by Politifact on Thursday.
"It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system," Politifact said, observing that the promise was was impossible to keep.
Politifact went on to say that Obama's attempt to boil the massive law down into a sound bite "proved to be treacherous."
Obama and his team made things worse, Politifact said, by claiming they had been misunderstood.
The problem is, Americans heard them just fine and understood exactly what they said. And what they repeatedly said was a lie.
As it turns out, that promise was not the only thing that turned out to be a lie.
Obama promised premiums would go down by $2,500 per family per year. Instead, premiums are going up by an average of 41 percent, according to Forbes, and Americans may not be able to keep their doctor as Obama promised.
Democratic Party lawmakers also promoted the big lie and some still do.
Others, like Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., played a pivotal role, echoing Obama's lie. Facing a tough re-election, they are now trying to make themselves look as though they tried to get Obama to keep his promise.
But the millions of cancellation notices and the horror stories of Americans attempting to get health insurance cannot be ignored.
Readers agreed with the choice, Politifact said, in a separate online poll.
"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," Politifact said.
Liberal lawmakers promoting the law did the same thing, and as we reported yesterday, some are still trying to claim Obama was truthful even though the lie has been thoroughly exposed for all to see.
"The debate about the health care law rages on," Politifact added, "but friends and foes of Obamacare have found one slice of common ground: The president’s 'you can keep it' claim has been a real hit to his credibility."
As a result of Obama's lies, a majority of Americans do not believe Obama is honest or trustworthy. It seems Joe Wilson, the South Carolina lawmaker who yelled "You lie" during an Obama speech, has been vindicated.
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