October 30, 2013

JAMES TARANTO: ObamaCare Apologetics: A lie, dissociative disorder or what?

So the administration knew full well in 2010 that Obama’s promise was a false one. Yet he was still making it in 2012. The White House website still declares: “If you like your plan you can keep it and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.” Most astonishingly, Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett was still making it yesterday, when she tweeted: “FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.”

The latter sentence is true if you construe it with a Clintonian literalism. In every case in which “change is required,” it is also true that “insurance companies change existing plans.” But the former sentence is a brazen falsehood. Insurance companies are changing existing plans because ObamaCare forces them to.

Yep. Might as well say that GE just suddenly decided to quit selling incandescent bulbs.

Related: Obamacare team offers multiple self-contradictory explanations for coverage cancellations.

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