“If you like your health insurance, you can keep it. Period!” Those words will haunt Barack Obama through the remainder of his term, and probably achieve eternal life in books of memorable quotations. Obama’s words will cause even more contemporary embarrassment and political immortality than George H.W. Bush’s words “Read my lips. No new taxes,” or Bill Clinton’s words “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
Obama’s famous lie is worse than those of the others because it was a gross lie about something that matters to millions of Americans and costs them lots of money. Obama’s line is also unforgettable because he repeated it 37 times and because his staff knew it was a lie when they put it on the teleprompter for Obama to read. To compound his contempt for the American people, Obama’s so-called apology was not really an apology at all. It was a bunch of soft-sell words to enable his media friends to pretend it was he was apologizing.
Now Obama is trying to cover his tracks by revising what he said. His revision of this promise is that you can keep your health insurance but it must be a better plan. Your new Obamacare insurance must cover more than medical conditions and services that you don’t want or need such as pregnancy for men and women over age 50, anti-addiction therapies, and the new mandate to give equal coverage to mental problems.
Contrary to reports by the media, Obama did not apologize for lying to the American people. He did not say he was sorry for lying to us. He said he is “sorry” that some people find themselves in a “situation” based on his “assurances” that were “not as clear as we needed to be.” That’s tantamount to saying it’s our fault that we misunderstood what he said.
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