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Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. Revmitchell

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    It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system.

    "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," President Barack Obama said -- many times -- of his landmark new law.

    But the promise was impossible to keep.

    So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.

    Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.

    For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice. (PolitiFact first announced its selection on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper.)

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-m...ar-if-you-like-your-health-care-plan-keep-it/
     
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    Don Well-Known Member
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    But--but--but it technically wasn't a lie. If you like your health plan, you can keep it.

    But you'll pay extra for it, or your doctor may no longer be included in it, or your local hospital may no longer accept it ... but you can keep it....

    :tongue3:
     
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    I would call it the lie of the 21st century!
     
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    But I thought that PolitiFact was a liberal operataive.

    Is Politifact now an acceptable source?
     
  5. Revmitchell

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    When liberals are turning on Obama it has gotten bad. Seemed rather obvious.
     
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