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Bryan Preston


November 7, 2013 - 9:54 am

As the ghastly reality of Obamacare’s broken promises sets in, the White House has taken to blaming insurance companies for canceling millions of Americans’ health insurance.

The talking points flow something like this.

1. “If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare. Period.” Repeat 37 times, on videotape, until elected, re-elected and eventually discredited.

2. “If you liked your healthcare, you could keep it, unless we say so because it changed after we passed the law that you didn’t want us to pass in the first place.” Four Pinocchios and a Pants on Fire later…

3. “The provision in the law was the manifestation of the assurance that if you have a plan you want to keep, you can keep it. Insurance companies that chose to strip away benefits from existing plans in the interim, that canceled existing plans in the interim, they took away that grandfathering opportunity. And that’s a reality.” That’s not reality, but it’s Jay Carney, Nov. 5, 2013.

Here comes the fact check.

Blaming the insurance companies can only go so far. First of all, the administration wrote the rules that set the conditions under which plans lose their grandfathered status. But more important, the law has an effective date so far in the past that it virtually guaranteed that the vast majority of people currently in the individual market would end up with a notice saying they needed to buy insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.

The administration’s effort to pin the blame on insurance companies is a classic case of misdirection. Between 75 and 95 percent of the problem stems from the effective date, but the White House chooses to keep the focus elsewhere.

Therefore, three Pinocchios. It really deserves a fourth, because as fact-checker Glenn Kessler notes, the administration wrote the regulation and Obama could undo that regulation with a phone call, because the regulators work for him. He doesn’t even need Congress to pass a law. He just has to order the regulators to live up to the promise that he made, 37 times.

Congress is set to vote on a “If you liked your healthcare…” law next week. Supposing it passe, will President Obama veto a law that is written expressly to keep a promise that he made, in public, 37 times? We’ll see.

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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I've stated this before, so forgive me being redundant:

Lincoln proposed the following

You can fool some of the people all of the time
and all of the people some of the time
but you can't fool all of the people all of the time

to which Obama added

But all you need to do is fool enough of the people enough of the time.

If something is too good to be true, then it probably isn't true.
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He will veto it if it passes. He will never admit to a screw up because he his ego won't allow that. I doubt the bill will get through the Senate because if Obama vetos it, and he will, the Red State Democrats and maybe even some Blue staters will not be returning to Congress in 2015.
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