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November 6, 2013 - 2:21 pm

President Obama’s “If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare” has already been painted with four Pinocchios by the Washington Post.

That lie demanded this week’s new lie, “What we said was, if you like your healthcare, you can keep it, if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed.”

PolitiFact rates it hard and fast.

Obama’s speech on Nov. 4, 2013, at a meeting of Organizing for Action, his campaign organization, seemed to offer a new, and confusing, wrinkle.

“Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,” Obama said.

The way we read that comment — and, judging by the contentious White House press briefing the following day, the way other Washington journalists read it — was that Obama was saying that people had been misreporting the pledge he had made.

It wasn’t that he said “if you like your plan, you can keep it” — it was “if your plan hasn’t changed since the law passed,” you can keep it.

We wondered whether there was any evidence that Obama had used this particular caveat in the past.

According to Obama, “What we said was you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”

But we found at least 37 times since Obama’s inauguration where he or a top administration official made a variation of the pledge that if you like your plan, you can keep it, and we never found an instance in which he offered the caveat that it only applies to plans that hadn’t changed after the law’s passage. And seven of those 37 cases came after the release of the HHS regulations that defined the “grandfathering” process, when the impact would be clear.

While Sebelius’ teleconference with reporters did provide that sort of caveat, in other instances, such as her blog post, she focused on the upside, not the downside. Her one mention of the extent to which grandfathered plans might be doomed strikes us as the equivalent of the fine print on a television commercial running in heavy rotation. Obama is ignoring the overwhelming majority of times he addressed the issue, where most people would have heard it. We rate his claim Pants on Fire.

37 times. 37 times. A massive part of the Obama re-elect argument is and always was a fraud.

Where does this administration go from here?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Phase I: "We have to lie and fool everyone to get what we want"

Phase II: "We have enough power so that the consequences of lying don't matter"

Phase III: "We have enough power that we no longer have to lie and pretend."
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
"If you like your health insurance, you can keep it. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep him. Period."

To paraphrase Clinton, depends what your definition of 'period' is.
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
"If you like your health insurance, you can keep it. Period. If you like your dr, you can keep him. Period."

Simultaneous thought bubble: "Zero people (except my friends and $ donors) like their health insurance & doctor, so . . . . zero people (except my friends and $ donors) can keep them."
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama was reelected a year ago. We can't last another three years. The country is sharply divided and the Marxists may win the next election also. Crunch time is here.
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
Sorry to have to break it to you but it's past crunch time.
1. There are the Obamaphone people who will vote for the person least likely to take away their disability checks, Section 8 housing, food stamps, WIC payments, and obamaphone.
2. There are the people who have taken the blue pill (remember the matrix?) and are just going to do whatever the MSM tells them to do.
3. The Media is owned by the Leftists. They are the foot soldiers in the Left's army.
4. The Republican establishment just wants to keep their access to their cushy perks.

Taken as a whole, I don't see how we can overcome this.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Where does this administration go from here?

To immigration reform.
45 weeks ago
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