Eric Zorn wrote a beautiful piece in the Chicago Tribune about mr. Obama’s Big Lie, called “Why Obama Lied About Obamacare” and even went so far as to identify a moment of premeditation on mr. Obama’s part (I have not seen this anywhere else, so bravo, Mr. Zorn).
Check this out
“We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. 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.”
— President Barack Obama, touting the Affordable Care Act in a June 15, 2009, speech.
This was not true, period.
And Obama knew it wasn’t true. Just a week later, in an interview with ABC News, he translated his own emphatic declaration: “What I’m saying,” he said, belying the plain meaning of words, “is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform.”
At least that was kind of true.
At the time, if you recall, much of the fretting by opponents of the health care overhaul was that it would amount to a “government takeover,” prying people from the warm embrace of their beloved private insurers into the clutches of a Euro-style system of socialized medicine overseen by heartless death panels.
But Obama’s promises went beyond implicitly countering his most hysterical and disingenuous critics. By repeating forcefully and frequently the false notion that nothing will change for you under Obamacare if you don’t want it to, he explicitly mollified vast segments of the public who were justifiably uneasy about the scope and impact of his plan.
I call that a lie.
But Mr. Zorn was not done exposing mr. Obama, who of course repeated the lie (though once again, I have not seen this citation until now):
“Let me repeat this,” he told Congress in September 2009. “Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”
Straight-up destruction of American health care through overt lying to Congress and the American people.
You know what I love? Not one Republican fell for this Big Repeated Lie, and not even all the RINOs.
No, Republicans knew what a wrecking machine this law would be.
But I am glad people like Mr. Zorn are catching up to the reality.
I was also glad to see Mr. Zorn offer the answer to the title of his article: Why Obama lied. He stated the obvious, which is that if Obama hadn’t lied, the bill “might” not have passed.
This is where I have to offer Mr. Zorn some help:
If mr. Obama had told the truth about the UNaffordable care act in 2009, with the world and the United States in economic turmoil and with deficits exceeding $1 trillion per year with Social Security and Medicaid projected to be insolvent in just a few decades, Obamacare would NEVER have passed.
That he lied to force this monstrosity on a population that did not want it, knowing that it would destroy employer-based health care, and in the middle of a world economic crash, and with Wall Street firms paying bonuses with tax payer money and never facing any real reform — it is all a kind of treason, is it not?