House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer conceded today that top Democrats were aware of the burden Obamacare would impose on families who would not be able to keep their health insurance in the wake of the burdensome requirements imposed on insurance companies by the Affordable Care Act.
Jonathan Strong of the National Review reported that 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." He said that Obama should have added, "...assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do."
The wordplay is reminiscent of when James Clapper said he gave the "least untruthful" answer on domestic surveillance, as reported by the Examiner this summer.
Whether or not President Obama knew that the majority of people would lose their health insurance plans has been a topic of speculation, and there are conflicting media reports on this issue. Yesterday, Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye of NBC reported that President Obama knew as early as 2010, but 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."
But this is no surprise. President Obama and his allies have repeatedly claimed that Obama was kept in the dark on all sorts of scandals that have come to light during his administration. MSNBC's "Morning Joe" even compiled a montage of the president's "implausible deniability," where he repeatedly asserted that he has learned of controversial misdeeds by his administration only after the fact.
Mike Opelka of theBlaze posted the video today. He notes,
"Among them [the scandals] are Operation Fast and Furious; the Internal Revenue Service’s extra scrutiny of conservative groups; Department of Justice subpoenas of Associated Press records; Solyndra; and the disastrous rollout of Obamacare."
Click on the video to watch.