BOSTON (CBS) – The online voting is complete, and the runaway winner of the fact-checking website Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” award is President Obama’s unfortunate statement that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
This is a well-deserved, if unwelcome award.
Politifact points out that way back in mid-2012, the president’s spin was a bit more careful, and rated it “half-truth.” In other words, standard political rhetoric.
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But even though he is now safely past re-election, the disingenuousness has recently gotten out of hand.
In politics, the cover-up is almost always worse than the original offense, and the president was in full cover-up mode when he recently claimed that: “What we said was you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”
Writes Politifact: “We found at least 37 times since Obama’s inauguration where he or a top administration official made a variation of the pledge that if you like your plan, you can keep it, and we never found an instance in which he offered the caveat that it only applies to plans that hadn’t changed after the law’s passage.”
As Joan Vennochi of the Globe put it Thursday: “He lets what he believes are the higher political needs of the moment get in the way of truth-telling. And while it’s hardly unusual…it always ends up hurting more than it helps.”
What’s truly sad is how unnecessary it all was.
Voters re-elected the president because they trusted him more than his opponent. Telling the clear truth about the health law’s impact from day one would have preserved that trust instead of deflating it.
But don’t celebrate too hard, Republicans.
Six of the nine other lies up for the award this year were told about Obamacare too – by Republicans.
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