‘Keep Your Plan’ Lie of the Year
Can’t wait to see Obama accept this award!
Check it out:
On Friday, Politifact bowed to the inevitable and named President Obama’s “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” statement its Lie of the Year. That came after Politifact labeled that statement “half-true” in June 2012 and then defended its “half-true” rating in
October 2013. Now, Politifact says:
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….But the promise was impossible to keep.
Of course, there’s more to the story than that: the promise was a lie when it was made, given that Obama knew at the time he said it that insurance plans would be cancelled. But Politifact, even in naming the statement the Lie of the Year, soft-pedalled it:
[Obama] fought back against inaccurate attacks with his own oversimplifications, which he repeated even as it became clear his promise was too sweeping.
So even the lie was just a revenge lie.