Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on November 4, 2013

Well, Obamacare is  a complete fustercluck, which is what every conservative was saying four years ago. The mainstream media, however, has just discovered that not only has President Obama been telling a whopper of a lie for the past  four years, but that he knew it was a lie when he was telling it.

As President Barack Obama pushed for a new federal health law in 2009, he made a simple pledge: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep your plan. But behind the scenes, White House officials discussed whether that was a promise they could keep.

When the question arose, Mr. Obama’s advisers decided that the assertion was fair, interviews with more than a dozen people involved in crafting and explaining the president’s health-care plan show.

But at times, there was second-guessing. At one point, aides discussed whether Mr. Obama might use more in-depth discussions, such as media interviews, to explain the nuances of the succinct line in his stump speeches, a former aide said. Officials worried, though, that delving into details such as the small number of people who might lose insurance could be confusing and would clutter the president’s message.

“You try to talk about health care in broad, intelligible points that cut through, and you inevitably lose some accuracy when you do that,” the former official said.

The former official added that in the midst of a hard-fought political debate “if you like your plan, you can probably keep it” isn’t a salable point.

Just to remind you what that looked like:

So, after four years of that, Obama came out earlier today with this:

 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. So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you're grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we're saying is they've got to change it to a higher standard.

Of course, that's not what "we said." It's not what "he said." It's not something anyone said.

It's a twist on the line various Obama apologists have been trying to sell for the past couple weeks: "If you liked your plan you're a complete moron because the government knows better than you, you inbred hick."

For those of you with employer-sponsored health plans who have bought the line that his is only affecting 5 percent of Americans (about 15 million) and your current coverage is safe, think again. Obama's extralegal delay of the employer mandate has put off your reckoning until this time next year (good luck in the midterms Democrats!).

To save those of you who don't click on links having to read anything other than what I write, here's the important part:

Mid-range estimate: 51% of employer-sponsored plans will get canceled

And, of course, the purported goal of Obamacare was to get everyone health insurance. How's that going?

But the biggest failure of all is still a few months away. This is the essence of the law – that it will reduce the numbers of uninsured. It will not. It is far more likely to raise the numbers of people without insurance coverage.

Follow the link for the reasons why, which, once again, were obvious to conservative critics of the law from the beginning.


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