“In an oft-repeated vow, [President Obama] told the country that ‘if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.’
“This was, by any common-sense measure, a lie. It was a lie because President Obama understood that one of the central aims of the Affordable Care Act was to squeeze out the individual insurance market (and the small business market), forcing those Americans on to the HealthCare.gov exchanges. You can’t force people out of one insurance product and into another while simultaneously letting them keep their plan. That’d be like a car salesman promising a great price on a new vehicle if you trade in your old one, while still promising you can keep your old car.
“This simple fact of logic is causing many liberals to flee for what they believe are rhetorical safe harbors. The first refuge is that he was simply being ‘unclear.’ The ‘White House could have been clearer in laying the groundwork for this political argument,’ writes The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., says, ‘I think we should have been more precise.’ The New York Times’ Editorial Board says, ‘Obama clearly misspoke when he said that.’
“In most dictionaries, misspeaking is defined as a slip of the tongue. Is it really misspeaking when the president repeats a poll-tested pledge dozens of times, often reading from prepared remarks on his teleprompter, straight into the camera? Is it really a slip of the tongue when the White House puts out videos and talking points centered on this false claim?
“Obama wasn’t telling the truth unclearly; he was telling a falsehood very clearly. When he said ‘no matter what,’ it even left the impression that, if in some unforeseen way the law did cause people to lose their plan, he would remedy the situation. (If that were so, the White House would support congressional efforts to let people keep their plans.) The ‘period’ in ‘you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period’ means no ifs ands or buts. Now we are getting a barrage of ‘buts.’” —Jonah Goldberg, Obama Health Lie Freaks Dems
“Today, we see Obama and his stooges deciding that people who were smart enough and successful enough to afford their own health insurance are too stupid to tell a good policy from a sack of manure. Instead, because the Democrats insist that any policy that doesn’t cover mammograms for men, pre-natal care for women in their 70s, and substance abuse treatment for people who have never and would never use cocaine, booze or marijuana have obviously been buying their insurance from someone selling policies from the trunk of his ’94 Buick.
“And while everyone is transfixed on the disaster that the Affordable Care Act rollout has been, more attention should be paid to all the lies that Obama repeatedly told us. We should also note who is now defending the Liar-in-Chief. Kathleen Sebelius, the person most responsible for the fiasco, tells us she doesn’t work for us, meaning that although we have to pay her salary and provide her with unlimited perks, she only has to answer to Obama. She even has the audacity to channel her inner teenage brat when being questioned by a congressional oversight committee, muttering ‘whatever’ in response to a legitimate question, just like a 14-year-old who’s being chided by a parent for getting bad marks or turning her bedroom into a pig sty.
“But she’s not the only one. Ever since the debacle began on Oct. 1st, we have had one Democrat after another trying to pretend that Obama’s mantra (‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.’) means something along the lines of ‘You poor dumb sap. I’m Obama, the Great and Powerful, and I know best.’ Apparently, where Obama went wrong was in his punctuation. It was all those damn periods he kept tossing around. He should have used commas, so we’d have had an inkling that there was more and worse to come.” —Burt Prelutsky, The Piltdown Man Signs Up for ObamaCare
“Now that true horror stories of Obamacare’s wrecking ball are finally reaching the public, the White House doesn’t like ‘anecdotes.’ Live by tale-telling; die by tale-telling.
“On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney huffed that stage-four gallbladder cancer survivor Edie Littlefield Sundby’s personal account in The Wall Street Journal of seeing her health insurance plan canceled and her access to doctors cut off was “sensational.” Not a shred of compassion for her predicament. No sorrow for her loss. …
“Obama cited his mom’s deathbed fight with her insurer several times over the years to support the Obamacare ban on pre-existing condition exclusions by insurers. During a 2008 debate, he shared her plight: ‘For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.’ But New York Times reporter Janny Scott discovered that Dunham’s health insurer had in fact reimbursed her medical expenses with nary an objection. The actual coverage dispute centered on a separate disability insurance policy. …
“In 2009, Obama claimed [Robin] Beaton, a breast cancer patient, lost her insurance after ‘she forgot to declare a case of acne.’ In fact, she failed to disclose a previous heart condition and did not list her weight accurately, but had her insurance restored anyway after intense public lobbying. …
“An 11-year-old boy from Seattle, [Marcelas] Owens took a coveted spot next to the president in March 2010 when Obamacare was signed into law. Marcelas’ 27-year-old mother, Tiffany Owens, died of pulmonary hypertension. The family said the single mother of three lost her job as a fast-food manager and lost her insurance. She died in 2007 after receiving emergency care and treatment throughout her illness. Progressive groups (for whom Marcelas’ relatives worked) dubbed Marcelas an “insurance abuse survivor.” But there wasn’t a shred of evidence that any insurer had ‘abused’ the boy or his mom. Further, Washington State already offered a plethora of existing government assistance programs to laid-off and unemployed workers like Marcelas’ mom. The family and its public relations agents never explained why she didn’t enroll. …
“Phony manufactured tales built Obamacare. Real stories of Obamacare wreckage will bring it down.” —Michelle Malkin, The White House Fable Factory
“Even without the 2010 Health and Human Services report admitting that 93 million Americans would lose their health insurance, anyone with half a brain (which is a pre-existing condition) knew that millions of Americans would be thrown off their insurance plans under Obamacare. Under the law, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to determine what every health insurance plan must cover — and any plans that don’t are illegal.
“As a result, gay guys are now going to be forced to buy plans that cover maternity care. Mormons will have to buy plans that cover gambling addiction therapy. Elderly couples can buy only insurance that includes pediatric dental care. Catholic hospitals will be required to provide birth control and abortions.
“Our federal overseers, led by the arrogant and smug gender feminist Sebelius, know what’s best for us. (Which is so nice of her since, as she recently pointed out, she doesn’t work for us.) Her idea of flexibility is not requiring Catholic priests to perform abortions. Not yet, anyway.
“Obviously, health insurance premiums are going through the roof with all these federal mandates. Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute reports that health insurance premiums will be higher than before Obamacare in at least 45 states — an astronomical 256 percent higher in some cases. The Los Angeles Times says middle-income families in California will pay 30 percent more for health insurance, even with the subsidies.
“Policies are being canceled because your old plan — the one you shopped for and liked — is now illegal. It doesn’t cover Sandra Fluke’s dental dams. Obama is blaming the insurance companies for discontinuing policies that he made illegal. (At least he isn’t blaming the cancellations on a guy who put a movie trailer on the Internet this time.) —Ann Coulter, Health Care for the Pushy
“Like so many things that seem new, ObamaCare is in many ways old wine in new bottles. For example, when confronted with the fact that millions of Americans stand to lose their existing medical insurance, as a result of ObamaCare, defenders of ObamaCare say that this is true only when those people have ‘substandard’ insurance.
“Who decides what is ‘substandard’? What is older than the idea that some exalted elite knows what is good for us better than we know ourselves? Obama uses the rhetoric of going ‘forward,’ but he is in fact going backward to an age when despots told everybody what they had better do and better not do.
“ObamaCare is old in yet another way. One of the fundamental reasons why private medical insurance has gotten so expensive is that politicians in state after state have mandated what this insurance must cover, regardless of what individuals want. …
“Different people have different risks and different willingness to take care of risks themselves, instead of paying to have them transferred to an insurance company. But politicians in state after state have mandated what must be covered by insurance, regardless of what policyholders and insurance companies might agree on if left free to make their own choices. That has made it impossible to get less expensive insurance that covers only costly but rare medical problems.
“Politicians love to play Santa Claus by handing out favors to voters, while depicting insurance companies as Scrooge when they raise insurance premiums to cover the costs of government mandates.” —Thomas Sowell, ObamaCare Is An Old ‘New’ Program Taking Us Backward
“What is most diabolical is the lengths liberal progressive media outlets will take to enable the deception of the American people. Take for example the New York Times editorial board explaining away President Obama’s lie as ‘he misspoke.’ One can misspeak once, but not 24 times.
“Senior adviser to President Obama, Dan Pfeiffer, took to Twitter to attack a Stage 4 cancer survivor who was profiled in the Wall Street Journal as someone concerned about having received a cancellation notice. ‘By any means necessary’ means you care less about a suffering American citizen than a political agenda.
“There is talk in the media about President Obama’s credibility, but he has none. How do we look at our children and grandchildren and regard this person in any manner of high esteem? How is it that we ask our children and grandchildren to maintain high standards of integrity, while the holder of the highest office in the country does not? …
“I constantly teach my daughters that character is all about doing what’s right when no one is watching. How can any of us respect Barack Obama who believes he is unaccountable to us, the American people?” — Allen West, Obama Has No Credibility, No Honor, and No Integrity
“Administration officials told the [Wall Street] Journal there was some second-guessing involved in reaching their decision, discussing the possibility that Obama ‘might use more in-depth discussions, such as media interviews, to explain the nuances of the succinct line in his stump speeches.’ Yet they determined such details could ‘clutter’ the president’s message, ‘confusing’ Americans in the process. Some officials did object to the president’s assertions, but they were reportedly overruled by political aides.
“In other words, they decided to lie by omission, because they believed Americans were too stupid to handle the truth. And once again, remaining true to form, the White House claims it never knew about the dissenters.
“The Washington Post’s Mark Theissen, who worked in the Bush White House, reveals the utter nonsense behind such a claim. After explaining the ‘staffing process’ that determines whether anything even remotely questionable can be included in a speech by the president, noting that every line ‘is reviewed by dozens of senior officials, who offer comments and factual corrections,’ he reaches an inexorable conclusion. ‘This was a premeditated deception,” he declares. “This wasn’t something Obama ad-libbed. It was a line in a presidential speech that was carefully reviewed by the entire White House senior staff. Obama’s political advisers were told by his policy aides the statement was inaccurate – but they decided to let Americans believe the falsehood.” —Arnold Ahlert, Obama’s Tour of Lies
“To reiterate something about the ObamaCrash that’s been bugging me since Blow Up On the Launch Pad Day: It’s amazing how utterly callous Obama and his team are, when it’s time to break some eggs and make their omelette. They sold themselves as hyper-sympathetic populists moved to tears by sad tales of a few uninsured individuals – a sharp contrast to Obama’s heartless opponent, Baron Mitt Vladimir Harkonnen Romney. But now they just wave off millions of people getting screwed out of their insurance policies as acceptable collateral damage, sneering down their noses at anyone who professes to care about families who have decided to pay the individual mandate tax and make do without insurance, rather than buy one of Obama’s unaffordable junk policies. The people getting blown out of the insurance market are dismissed as acceptable losses even when they greatly outnumber the people who are getting insurance for the first time under ObamaCare… which is, come to think of it, eerily reminiscent of the way Team Obama handles the declining American workforce, absurdly trumpeting the rare month that features job growth higher than population growth, while waving off the millions who drop out of the job market completely.
“And they do not care at all about the thousands of man-hours of time wasted by Americans who have been fighting with the broken ObamaCare system. They think nothing of wasting even more of your time, just to give you an illusory outlet for venting your frustration before it becomes politically toxic to them. But that’s really nothing new either, is it? Ask a liberal how he feels about the gigantic amount of time and money poured into the black hole of tax compliance every year. There’s a huge dollar value attached to all that labor, but they don’t want to hear about it, because lost productivity and inconvenience for the private sector mean nothing to them. All that matters is dollars spent by the government, dollars collected by the government, and man-hours of labor from government workers. —John Hayward, White House Spokesman Melts Down Over Obamacare Application Lies
“Last year, Barack Obama blamed ATMs for unemployment. In fact, Barack Obama is pretty sure that the rise of technology has caused unemployment, not his policies.
“If he believes that, you’d think he’d hire a bunch of unemployed people to answer phones all day and process Obamacare manually instead of largely relying on Healthcare.gov and technology. Surely the mass of unemployed in this country would be more efficient with pens, pads, and even mimeograph machines than a site that does not even work. Yes, he has hired some to answer phones, but he did not really put our money where his mouth is in this endeavor.
“Good grief people! We can put men on the moon and send spacecraft from the 70′s into interstellar space, but in Barack Obama’s America we can’t even build a freaking website. For Pete’s sake, we put more people on the moon than signed up for Obamacare in Delaware, Kansas, and Alaska combined.” —Erick Erickson, The ATM Ate Healthcare.gov
“The individual insurance market is only a small part of the overall health market. But it nicely dramatizes the incentives that all participants in the system will soon face. Employers, for example, can drop out by cutting hours of their least valuable workers, a process well underway, as reported by Jed Graham of Investors Business Daily.
“Meanwhile, Obamacare creates new opportunities to ‘drop in’ in ways that will also test the system. Because the exchanges are novel, they attract the most media attention. But even as designed, Obamacare was as much an expansion of Medicaid as it was anything else. With the exchanges proving so unattractive, it may happen that the majority of new coverage under Obamacare will amount simply to an expansion of the Medicaid rolls.
“Medicaid expansion is expensive, but that won’t be the worst problem. Medicaid systematically underpays doctors and hospitals. Yet federal law makes it practically impossible for hospitals to refuse Medicaid patients. They compensate, therefore, by raising charges to other patients—an invisible subsidy that will now inevitably grow even larger than before—and that will show up, among other places, in yet higher costs on the exchanges, inducing more people to drop coverage, accelerating the death spiral. …
“Some degree of redistribution is inherent in the very concept of insurance. Redistribution is not the core design flaw in Obamacare. The core design flaw is that Obamacare had its priorities upside down: it put coverage expansion first; cost control a very distant second. What we are discovering now is that without cost control, coverage expansion quickly devours itself.
“That self-devouring is the process dramatized by the price shock on the exchanges… but the real harm will come in the months ahead, less visibly, as employers confront the same stark shock that the individual purchasers are confronting today. Employers can’t shirk the fines as easily as individual purchasers can. But they can still make the rational choice to pay the fine and dump their employees into the exchanges, where they will encounter the same hostile math that I faced last week. The sick will sign up; the well will drop out; and the prices will keep rising and rising and rising—until either the system crashes or else the government steps in to assume an ever-expanding role as cost controller and price subsidizer.” —David Frum, The Obamacare Death Spiral
“It doesn’t take a political genius to know ObamaCare is behind [Obama’s 53% disapproval] numbers. The same people who didn’t care about Benghazi or the IRS scandal care about what’s going on with their healthcare. Benghazi and the IRS mess didn’t directly hit them, so they let it slide. ObamaCare is hitting them, directly and hard. They’re the ones getting cancellation letters from their insurance carriers; they’re the ones who are getting sticker shock rate hikes.
“But there’s one more element, I think. And that is the belief held by many Americans that the president lied to them, that he knew all along what was coming, but he decided not to tell the truth because the truth might mean an early end to ObamaCare. The truth might also have cost him re-election.
“Even the clueless, the low information voters, the ones who barely know how many states there are, don’t like a person who looks them in the eye and lies. And I think the Gallup numbers reflect that. But in fairness to the president, there is another possibility. Maybe he was selling the American people something that even he didn’t understand. After all, his pal Nancy Pelosi did tell us that we’d have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.
“So Mr. Obama is either clueless or dishonest. Take your pick.” —Bernard Goldberg, Is Obama Clueless — Or Dishonest?
“Interestingly, although the big media are trying to damp down these reports, not many major ObamaCare promoters are openly coming to Obama’s defense. That task was left to hacks like Representative Sandor Levin and Jarrett herself, whose defenses are frankly laughable.
“Levin says the insurance companies aren’t sending out cancellation letters, they’re helping people ‘transition’ into ObamaCare. (Sing to the tune of ‘It isn’t raining rain, it’s raining violets.’)
“Jarrett gave no interviews on the subject, she just tweeted: ‘FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.’
“Valerie, here’s another FACT: As the Administration has known for three years, the insurance companies are forced to change their plans because HHS regulations require that they do so, because geniuses like those who hired CGI for this job are obviously so much smarter than the predicted 16 million Americans who are about to lose their insurance. Men and women who until two weeks ago believed they — not you — knew which plans best suited their families’ needs.” —Clarice Feldman, The Silence of the Left
“I’ve always referred to Obama supporters as ‘cultists,’ but, for a while, I merely meant it pejoratively. Then I began to realize that the term is literally true. Sure, Jim Jones persuaded 900 people to drink cyanide, whereas Obama had trouble convincing six people to buy health insurance from him. But let us not assume that Obama’s Cult Leader powers have diminished. He ain’t much of an insurance salesman, but the man has brainwashing methods that would make Lyndon LaRouche jealous.
“The Obama Cultist often accuses me of criticizing his Leader without presenting ‘specifics’ and ‘evidence.’ Here’s how the conversation usually works:
“Me: Obama lied and said we’d all be able to keep our insurance plans!
“Obama Cultist: You’re the liar! When did Obama ever say that?
“Me: Here’s over 20 video clips of Obama saying exactly that.
“Obama Cultist: … OH YEAH?! WELL WHERE WERE THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?!
“No, really, every single conversation I’ve ever had with any Obama Cultist has followed a trajectory very similar to this.” —Matt Walsh, A Message of Hope to Obama Cultists
“The administration has now been exposed as knowing that millions of people were going to lose their health insurance as a result of this monster of a bill. Nancy Pelosi once famously remarked “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it,” and now we know that they knew. They knew that this bill was designed to create such a burden upon insurance companies that individual plans would have to be canceled for non-compliance. They knew that some people were going to end up paying more for health insurance in order to make sure that others would get free insurance. They knew that the Medicaid numbers would necessarily explode. They had to have known all of these things… because they wrote the bill and are so damn smart, right?
“Apparently they didn’t know that they had hired the Three Stooges to build a website, and they freely acknowledge that they are not ‘tech geeks,’ to use the vice president’s words. Somehow, what they didn’t know, but inflicted on the American public anyway, should not be their fault.
“So, let’s fault them for what we know they knew.
“Mr. President, the game is up. Your charm has failed you. This is your ‘read my lips’ moment, and it will follow you for the rest of your presidency and beyond. Just how long a shadow it casts will depend on how much pain is felt by ordinary Americans. And as time passes, we are seeing there’s a lot of pain to go around. And ‘apologizing’ by saying that you are sorry that people believed your ‘assurances’… this time, Mr. President, it will not be enough. Because the American people have had enough.” —Deanna Fisher, President Obama’s Non-Apology Apology
For further enlightenment:
Texas Single Mom’s “Thank You” Letter to Obama, by Yolanda Burroughs-Vestal
Obama Lies Like a Marxist, by Terence Jeffrey
Top Hospitals Opt Out of ObamaCare, by Tori Richards
For consumers whose health premiums will go up under new law, sticker shock leads to anger, by Ariana Eunjung Cha and Lena H. Sun
HealthCare.gov ducked final security requirements before launch, by Sharyl Attkisson
What Obama Should Have Said in Healthcare Speech, by Rich Lowry
Documents show first days of Obamacare rollout worse than initially realized, by Lisa Desjardins
Obamacare could increase food stamp rolls, by Tarini Parti
Total Number of ObamaCare Enrollments in Delaware: Four, by Morgen Richmond
The Coming Obamacare Bailout, by Peter Ferrara
Democrats may have to admit Obamacare is a tax increase, by Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman
Loyal Obama Supporters, Canceled by Obamacare, by Charles Ornstein
You Might Lose Your Doctor Under Obamacare, Too, by John Hayward