Raise your hand if you have seen a clip in the past week of Barack Obama saying “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.” If your hand is up, congratulations! You have been a witness to what will go down in history as the ‘Lie of the Millennium” since future generations of Americans will likely be paying the price for this lie throughout the remainder of the current millennium. And if you have not seen one of these clips then count yourself as one of the millions of people that Rush Limbaugh and others refer to as ‘low-information voters.’
No amount of spin from Obama himself, his press secretary Jay Carney or any of his other obedient followers can change the fact that Barack Obama has been telling a blatant lie as far back as 2009. What makes his lie so egregious is the fact that it was a lie the moment it came out of his mouth, which was before his healthcare reform package, commonly known as Obamacare, was even passed.
Obama doubled-down on his lie in a speech on June 28th, 2012, in which he said, “"If you're one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance. This law will only make it more secure and more affordable."
Again, though, that was never true. That is because the vast majority of those ‘250 million who already have insurance’ had that insurance through their respective employers. And that means that they could only keep their plans if their employers opted to not change the plans that they offered to their employees. But most employers shop around for new plans every year and change them quite often.
Obamacare, despite Obama’s pronouncements to the contrary, is actually making health insurance less secure and certainly less affordable. Carney stated this week that “If you are one of the 80% of the American people who receive insurance coverage through your employer or through Medicaid or Medicare or the Veterans Administration, this conversation doesn't apply to you. If you're one of the 15% of the American people who are uninsured entirely right now, this conversation does not apply to you. So, what we're talking about here is the 5% in the country who currently purchase insurance on the individual market.”
Just like those of his boss, these statements from Carney are blatant lies. People who have been receiving cancellation notices from insurance companies are not relegated to those in the individual insurance market. Many of them are currently enrolled in group plans through their employers, but those plans are no longer allowed due to requirements stipulated by Obamacare. Therefore, the insurance companies can no longer offer those plans to the employers, meaning the employers cannot offer those plans to their employees, meaning the employees cannot keep those plans even if they like them. And that obviously leads to the fact that Obama saying that if people like their plans then they can keep their plans is a lie. In fact, it is the Lie of the Millennium.