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POTUS Wins ‘Lie of the Year’

December 12th, 2013 - 4:52 pm

As spotted by Bryan Preston at the PJ Tatler, Politifact, the leftwing “fact” “checking” organization, awards Mr. Obama their “Lie of the Year” today for his repeated claims that “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan”:

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” President Barack Obama said — many times — of his landmark new law.

But the promise was impossible to keep.

So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.

Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.

And a rare admission from Politifact that the president has been lying, since they’ve been working very hard at dissembling on his behalf since 2008, by smearing his critics on the right:

In 2009, [Politifact's Lie of the Year] was “death panels.” In 2010, the Affordable Care Act was a “government takeover of health care.” In 2011, the GOP supported a budget which would “end Medicare.” Finally, in 2012, the Politifact “Lie of the Year” was a claim by Mitt Romney that Chrysler had moved Jeep production to China.

Last month, Time-Warner-CNN-HBO’s Mark Halperin came clean on the death panels; “Chrysler moves closer to restarting Jeep production in China,” the Detroit Free Press reported in April of this past year.

As Alllahpundit writes today at Hot Air:

The fact that it took until 2013 for them to identify “if you like your plan” as a mammoth lie is proof that the media’s collectively either out of its depth in analyzing policy — even when scores of conservative policy experts were willing and able to help them identify problems with the law — or uninterested for political reasons in recognizing the law’s flaws until they’re so glaring that they can’t plausibly be ignored. This really is the Lie of the Year, and outfits like PolitiFact are entirely complicit in it.

And so is CNN, ABC, CBS, and the Washington Post. “Exit quotation via Guy Benson: “‘Keep your doctor. Period’ has to be the early favorite for 2014 ‘lie of the year,’ right?”,  Allahpundit adds.

The speed at which the coordination between the leftwing White House and its complicit palace guard in the MSM steamrollered the country played a huge role in the creation of this moment, which was made immediately clear to the nation once the cancellation notices started arriving in the mail (not to mention the occasional audit as well). Coupled with the right’s repeated warnings that Obamacare would be a disaster upon implementation, and the left plugging their ears as they moved forward constructing the Krell Machine.

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For me, the real story here is that the media is passing blame, for their own incompetence ,on to Obama. The journalists had the 2300 page bill! They didn't have the curiosity to read it and the courage to report that Obama was lying! Were they easily duped? Or were they lazy? Or were they complicit?
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I guess POTUS will now stand for Prevaricated Obamacare to Us
31 weeks ago
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It must have been really tough to make this choice...Obama has provided so, so many contenders for this "award".

It is the one thing he is really good at, to the point where he is in a class by himself. A true Grand Master at lying. He clearly tutors the rest of his administration, but they are not nearly as good at it.

Samantha Power has some talent, though.
31 weeks ago
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One of the most succinct examples of the Big Lie, a veritable one-stop-shopping experience:

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN TOWN HALL ON HEALTH CARE
Central High school
Grand Junction, Colorado
August 15, 2009
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-By-The-President-In-Town-Hall-On-Health-Care-Grand-Junction-Colorado/
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At the same time -- I just want to be completely clear about this; I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren't listening -- if you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. Nobody is going to force you to leave your health care plan. If you like your doctor, you keep seeing your doctor. I don't want government bureaucrats meddling in your health care. But the point is, I don't want insurance company bureaucrats meddling in your health care either. UNQUOTE
31 weeks ago
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Things must be really bad for a leftist group to recognize reality. But Obama is so scummy that they had no choice. A bitter pill for leftist loons to swallow.
31 weeks ago
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"So many lies, so little time"!!
31 weeks ago
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I sent my 1st payment to "Nevada Healthlink" today. I paid for it with a money order, which I will ALWAYS do, because I don't feel it's safe to either give them my credit card number OR a personal check (with both my bank's routing number & my checking account number). I already HAD to give them my SSN # & DOB, along with the same for Hubby + his Green Card #. I sent it Express Mail (overnight) to make the 12/15/13 deadline (here in NV) AND I made it Certified Mail with a Return Request Receipt, to PROVE that I got it there 2 days before the deadline, at the additional cost of $22.00. All this for a cheap piece of sh!t HMO that is not taken by ANY of our Doctors!! Most all of our "Sick Care" will be paid by cash, along with ALL of our "Wellness Care" (vitamins, gym membrship, organic food, etc.). So called "Health Care" has been an illusion for many years, Obamacare just brought it into sharp focus for everyone else that what we have here is a "Sick Care Industry" not a "Health Care Industry". Those of us who have avidly pursued "good health" through "healthy lifestyle choices" have known this forever. We know that we will NEVER get so much as a tax write off for ALL our medical expenses, gym membership, organic food, acupuncture, massage & all the "wellness" tools thst actually contribute to good health resulting in higher productivity...God Forbid that anyone choosing a lifestyle that is PROVEN to work, would be given "the carrot" when it's so much more fun for miserable unhealthy bureaucrats to torture us with "the stick"!!
31 weeks ago
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Two points:

1) There should be a federal law requiring any mention of Politifact to include the phrase, "the ironically-named Politifact..."

2) This plan is intentionally destructive. As Harry Reid pointed out, the goal is for it to fail, so the nation can move to "single payer," i.e. a fully socialist, nationally run health system. It is massively redistributive, the sharp elbows of a huge government bureaucracy are in evidence, and it's clear there will be a lot of government bullying about when a patient can receive lifesaving care and when treatment will be cut off because Rahm Emannuel's brother thinks it's time for you to just FOAD. The only flaw in this, from a leftist standpoint, is that it is failing way faster than they had hoped, and therefore it may cause a voter backlash that endangers the plans to fully nationalize the health care sector.
31 weeks ago
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The people in the Washington media seem to think that being able to parrot the conventional wisdom shows intelligence if the parroting is done in a hipstery ironic fashion.

The fools can't even comprehend that the people they laugh at saw this as obvious five years ago.
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The next time a DemocRAT or a Left Wing moonbat or a deluded 'Meejah' pundit tells you 'OBOZOcare will be cheaper 'cos of the SUBSIDIES' ask them this 'So who EXACTLY pays for these 'SUBSIDIES' BOZO" and watch them SQUIRM
32 weeks ago
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No squirming. The answer is easy and obvious--somebody else.

The rich are a money tree and it's always harvest time.
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