He Did it! President Obama’s statement, ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’ has become the 2013 Politifact Lie of the Year.
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) December 12, 2013
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” President Barack Obama said — many times — of his landmark new law.
But the promise was impossible to keep.
So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.
Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.
For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice.
Via Politifact – Lie of the Year 2013
“What we said was, you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” – Barack Obama, Monday, November 4th, 2013.
“FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans.” – Valerie Jarrett, Monday, October 28th, 2013.
“If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.” –Barack Obama, Thursday, June 28th, 2012.