When President Obama repeatedly told audiences that they'd be able to keep their plan if they liked it, he knowingly lied. It wasn't that he misspoke at an inopportune time. It's that he lied because that was the only way the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, stood a chance of becoming law.
Jonah Goldberg's post for NRO highlights that beautifully:
For starters, Obama’s statements were not ”narrowly untrue.” They were broadly, knowingly and entirely untrue. He repeated them over and over again, often straight into the camera. It’s nice that Greg Sargent concedes now that the president “could have been clearer.” But “could have been clearer” implies that he was a little clear about how this would work and just didn’t clarify enough. The truth is the complete opposite. He wasn’t even deliberately unclear. He was clearly dishonest.
This can't be put into the little white lie category either. President Obama's statement is at the heart of his sales pitch to get enough votes to pass the Affordable Care Act. If ever there was a piece of legislation that President Obama would lie about, it's the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
The ACA was the Democrats' Holy Graille for nearly a century. They wanted to pass this law so badly that they didn't mind losing their majority in the 2010 midterm elections. If they had to throw people under the bus, this administration wouldn't hesitate in throwing them under the proverbial bus.
Mr. Goldberg's post highlights another aspect of this that people shouldn't ignore:
I agree that everyone in wonkland knew it was b.s. But what does it say about the liberal wonks that they either never said so when the legislation was being debated or said so very quietly under their breaths. I’m genuinely curious, did Sargent or his colleagues at the Washington Post report that what Obama was saying, never mind the impression he was leaving, was a lie, or even “narrowly untrue”? I mean did they report it when it might have hurt the law’s chances of passage, not afterwards when all lies are retroactively absolved as the price for social progress.
The Agenda Media wasn't interested in what's best for Americans. They're complicit in what's happening to families. Their unwillingness to report the truth stems from the fact that they viewed pushing their agenda as more important than telling the truth.
Thanks to the Agenda Media's willingness to provide cover for the Obama administration, Americans are getting the health insurance policies they wanted. That, in turn, is leading to people paying significantly higher health insurance premiums. The 'bonus reward' is that these people's deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses will be going up as of January 1, 2014.
What's worse? A president who lied to the American people? Or the complicit media that hid the truth from the people they're suppose to inform? If you think that's a tough choice, thank the president and the media for hiding the truth from you.