President Obama just delivered one of the most dishonest speeches delivered by any president in American history. It was at turns astounding, misleading, jaw-droppingly dishonest and frankly disturbing. Barack Obama lies with the casualness and frequency of a true sociopath. His strategy for today’s speech was apparently to throw out so many falsehoods at so great a speed that no one can possibly fact check all of them.
He paved the path for this parade of lies by putting pressure on insurance companies not to go public with their Obamacare problems. He’ll scapegoat them, but behind the scenes his White House is threatening them out of fighting back.
ANDERSON COOPER, HOST: Now more breaking news, evidence that the Obama administration is leaning on insurance companies to keep a lid on problems with the healthcare law rollout. Now Drew Griffin on CNN’s investigations did the reporting. So Drew, What’s going on here, what have you learned?
DREW GRIFFIN: Anderson, what’s going on is behind the scenes attempt by the White House to at least keep insurers from publicly criticizing what is happening on this Affordable Care Act rollout. Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you’re going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet. Several sources tell me and my colleague Chris Frates that insurance executives are being told to keep quiet.
Bob Laszewski who heads the Health Policy Strategy Associates, a consulting firm for big insurers, and an outspoken critic of ObamaCare, says he is getting calls from these executives who want him to speak out, Anderson, for them about the problems because they feel defenseless against the White House PR team. Laszewski told me today, “The White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet.” Sources telling us they fear White House retribution.
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Insurance companies, like doctors, are not by nature political. They serve everyone and don’t hang their political affiliations on their doors. This neutrality has gravely injured them, and now thanks to Obamacare they may never be able to fight back.