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November 6th, 2013 - 9:34 am

Who’s today’s Mystery Pundit, laying waste to Professor Wiggleroom as a lying liar who lies about lying? Read:

It might not seem possible that President Obama could do more harm to his credibility and the public’s faith in government than misleading Americans about health insurance reform. But he can. The president is now misleading the public about his deception.

In a speech last night to his political team, Obama said: “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.”

No, no, no, no, no — that’s not what the Obama administration said. What they said was:

“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” – President Obama, speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009, during the debate over health insurance reform.

“And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.” – Obama, remarks in Portland, April 1, 2010, after the bill was signed into law.

These quotes are courtesy of Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, who gave Obama four Pinocchios for the you-can-keep-it whopper, repeated countless times by Obama.

That’s none other than Ron Fournier in the National Journal. Of course, what really seems to have Fournier upset is that Americans “won’t trust government to manage health care” and he dismisses Obama’s lie as “one [which]leaves a light footprint.”

But while millions of Americans will (thankfully) agree with the former, there are millions with cancellation notices who disagree forcefully with the latter.

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Of any possible way of handling this disaster, doubling down on the lie has to be one of the worst.

Fact of the matter is that they sold this as 'You'll get to keep yours, and people will be helped'. That got them a critical mass of ambivalence and benefit of the doubt they didn't deserve.

I liken it to the movie "The Crying Game".

The britches of that lie came down and there's something hanging there that not only did you not want, it's sort of repulsive.

Changes the relationship forever, that does.

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