Obama’s Tour of Lies

1030-OBAMA-OBAMACARE-BOSTON-INSURANCE_full_600President Barack Obama is a liar. Not a person who “misspoke,” as the New York Times editorial board ridiculously asserted last Sunday. His promise that if Americans liked their healthcare plan they could keep it — made on at least  23 separate, videotaped occasions — was not the “half true” statement the equally corrupt politifact.com website contended it was. Nor did the president make a “campaign pledge which did not hold up to the realities of governing,” as shameless TV host Bill Maher declared, before further noting it was a “moral complexity” he is “okay with ’cause I’m not twelve.” It was a bald-faced lie. And on at least one occasion in June of 2009, it included a completely unambiguous qualifier: “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.” (Italics mine). Yet Monday, in an Orwellian moment that provided the public with an unprecedented look at the president’s utter lack of credibility, Obama insisted he never made any such promises.

“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” Obama declared at the St. Regis hotel, in a room  containing around 200 of his staunchest Organizing for Action (OFA) supporters. He then went on defending the indefensible. “If we had allowed these old plans [to continue]… then we would have broken an even more important promise–making sure that Americans gain access to health care that doesn’t leave them one illness away from financial ruin,” he remarked. “So the bottom line is, is that we are making the insurance market better for everybody.”

Note the use of the word “we.” “We” didn’t make the same promise to the American people over and over and over again. Barack Obama did. “We” is a great indication the president is more than willing to once again absolve himself of responsibility, should this transparent effort to literally re-write history fail to gain the support of the American public.

Thankfully, it is an effort being undermined by revelation after revelation. On Monday, the AP revealed at least 3.5 million Americans have had their insurance policies cancelled so far. “So far” is a critical phrase for a number of reasons. As AP notes, “data is unavailable in a (sic) half the states.” Assuming the data is identical, getting the other half of it would theoretically double the cancellation total to 6 million.

Fortunately, an Obama administration talking point, or more accurately, a pathetic attempt to mitigate the damage regarding the president’s mendacity, inadvertently provided a far more accurate picture of how many Americans they expect will be losing their coverage. “We’re talking about 5 percent of the country,” explained White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Five percent of the country equals 14 million people.

Yet even that number is pales in comparison to what Forbes Magazine’s Roy Avik discovered. He notes that page 34,551 of the Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 116–dated Thursday, June, 17, 2010–reveals a great deal about what this administration knew and when they knew it. “In total, approximately 66 percent of small employers and 48 percent of large employers made a change in either cost sharing or premium contribution during 2009 that would require them to relinquish grandfather status if the same change were made in 2011,” it states. Avik reveals that the cancellations resulting from these subsequently non-grandfather plans in the employer-based market, coupled with the estimated losses in the individual market, raises the number of people who can’t keep their current plan if they like it up to a mind-boggling 93 million Americans.

That’s almost one third of the entire country.

Moreover, the notion that Barack Obama might have been “unaware” his promise was untruthful was exploded by the Wall Street Journal. They reveal that while the president was out making his pitch to the American peopleWhite House officials “discussed whether that was a promise they could keep,” ultimately deciding “the assertion was fair.”

Their twisted rationale was best expressed by an unnamed former official. “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 official said. Jim Margolis, a media adviser to Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012, made a similar assessment. “With 20/20 hindsight, maybe this should have been parsed more carefully,” he contended. Nonetheless, he reached the same destination “The president’s statement seems fair,” he decided.

Former senior White House advisor David Axelrod sunk even lower, claiming there was no intention to mislead the public, and that the failure of the healthcare.gov website is the real reason so many Americans are angry. “The great misfortune here is that the website debacle occurred at the same time as this issue arising,” he said. “Because, if the website hadn’t gone down, then lots of these people would be going online and figuring out, ‘Hey I’m getting a better insurance policy, and I’ll have to pay less money for it.’ But they can’t, because the website is down.”

In other words, Americans would have been OK with being lied to, as long as they could have gotten cheaper insurance.

Administration officials buried themselves still deeper, insulting the public in the process. They told the 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 an (sic) 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.”

Like Obama himself, the president’s defenders are also engaged in Orwellian endeavors. “There was nothing about what President Obama or that I or any other Democrat supporting the Affordable Care Act said that was not true,” declared DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (Wasserman Schultz herself is a documented liar, caught on videotape attributing a statement to Israeli ambassador Michael Oren she subsequently denied making). The best the Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins can do is take the president mildly to task for his “glib pronouncement,” even as he wonders “whether the media’s overarching attention to finding some cheap gotcha moments to bedevil political figures for a newscycle or three doesn’t end up adding to the confusion.” And while the National Journal’s Ron Fournier criticizes Obama for “misleading the public about his deception,” he subsequently concludes that on “history’s scale of deception, this one leaves a light footprint. Worse lies have been told by worse presidents, leading to more severe consequences, and you could argue that withholding a caveat is more a sin of omission.”

Since Fournier failed to identify any of those worse lies, one is left to ponder what particular “sin of omission” has resulted in more severe repercussions than the possibility of 97 million Americans losing their health insurance.

What one is not left to ponder is the depth to which the president and his apologists will sink to defend Obama’s outright lying, all of which can be reduced to the American left’s ultimate rationalization: we will get what we want by any means necessary. Thus they will furiously attempt to deflect reality, insisting that the president’s lie either doesn’t matter, or even worse, is justifiable because Americans can get cheaper insurance policies, they were being ripped off by what the left has taken upon itself to define as “lousy” insurance policies (even as they couldn’t care less what policy holders themselves think), or that Americans simply don’t know what’s best for themselves.

They will even go so far as to belittle a stage 4 cancer patient named Edie Littlefield Sundby, because she had the temerity to pen a Wall Street Journal editorial revealing that she is losing both her insurance and her oncology doctors because of ObamaCare. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer used his official Twitter account to disseminate a blog by Think Progress blaming the woman’s insurance company for pulling out of the California market, rather than the reality that ObamaCare itself prompted the move.

Remarkably, Obama himself used market turnover as his rationale for contending he never lied to the American public. “People are acting like this is some new phenomenon… every year there was churn in this individual market,” he told his supporters Monday night. “We decided we need to build something better, no matter how hard it is.”

And no matter how much lying it takes to get there. It remains to be seen if this is the final straw for the American public. The latest Gallup poll shows Obama’s approval ratings have fallen below 40 percent. “Obama has rebranded himself as a liar, forever. He will carry this new label to his grave,” writes the NY Post’s Kyle Smith. It is a new label that will be heavily reinforced by a critical mass of videotaped statements, none of which contain any mention of his new “if it hasn’t changed” qualifier–along with one cancelled policy after another, affecting millions.

Yet the true measure of this president comes down to one immutable reality. Faced with a choice of admitting he lied and apologizing to the public, or doubling down on thoroughly documented lie, he chose to double down. There’s only one reason he would do that: because he thinks he can get away with it. If he’s right, this nation truly has been “fundamentally transformed.”

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Their twisted rationale was best expressed by an unnamed former official. ”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 official said. Jim Margolis, a media adviser to Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012, made a similar assessment. ”With 20/20 hindsight, maybe this should have been parsed more carefully,” he contended. Nonetheless, he reached the same destination ”The president’s statement seems fair,” he decided.”

    Hey, it’s just a question of whether to socialize medicine in America. Why should the politicians be accountable for standards of disclosure that the insurance companies themselves are held to?

    The government is benevolent. Corporations are evil. It’s OK when the government lies because they are serving our interests.

    Let’s face it; none of us knows what’s best for us. 0′Bama does.

    All hail.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      Oh, things are much, much worse than “socialized medicine.” We have a psychopath/egomaniac national security risk bunkered down in a “sleeper cell” at 1600 Penn Ave. and at this point in time not ONE Congressperson cares to do anything about it. Much of what is disclosed in this blog posted below is absolutely true about what we have done in electing this insanity.

      http://tomatobubble.com/presidentpsycho.html

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “Oh, things are much, much worse than “socialized medicine.””

        Well yes and no. The foundation for all of the lasting evil from this administration flows from 0′Bamacare because it creates more entitlement dependents while destroying the system it wants to replace.

        Give people foodstamps and they get lazy but at some point there is still a job market. 0′Bamacare destroys medical services and many other aspects of medicine some of which will not be easy to restore.

  • American1969

  • American1969

    There’s no other way to spin it. Obama is a liar. He also lied when he stated that costs would go down and that illegal aliens wouldn’t be covered.
    If his lips are moving, he’s lying.

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      There is nothing real about Barrak Hussein Obama. Beginning with his name, his composite history, his Social Security number(s), his school records, his stand on campaign finance, his record as a unifier, his assumed qualifications as a leader……it is all fabrication or outright lies to promote this stooge to where he is today and might be tomorrow.

      • jaycal33

        It should be obvious to anyone with a rudimentary understanding of economics that many people would not be able to keep their health care plans. To make universal coverage possible, the law requires the healthy to subsidize the sick.

        If the healthy and the sick are to be charged the same premium, then the insurance firm must increase the premiums they charge the healthy. This requires them to cancel existing plans for the healthy.

        Now you can make an argument that the law is a good law because it increases coverage. However to say “Everyone who wants to can keep their plan” was a bald faced lie.

        It is another bald faced lie to now say “The insurance firms are the ones responsible for canceling the plans”. They have to increase premiums on the healthy over the current levels as they will now have to provide insurance to the sick at the same premium.

  • Lookatme

    Q(16:101) And
    now that We replace one message by another125 — since God is aware of what He bestows from
    on high, step by step126 they [who deny the truth] are wont to
    say, “Thou but inventest it!” Nay, but most of them do not understand it!

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      I sure didn’t.

  • poest

    Barak, we “…have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night.” Wm. Shakespeare

  • poest
  • CowboyUp

    “Obama has rebranded himself as a liar, forever. He will carry this new label to his grave,”-Kyle Smith. That doesn’t matter for democrat politicians and their supporters. The Clinton administration proved that beyond any doubt, and hillary will most likely be the dp presidential nominee for 2016. They hardly bother to conceal their lies and corruption any more, because their supporters are just as crooked. They just want their loot and the ability to live irresponsibly without bearing the consequences themselves.

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      You nailed it. With W.J.Clinton the Democrats and leftists established that integrity doesn’t matter. In fact it just might make one a terrorist threat.

  • RAS

    The lies didn’t begin with “Obama Care” that’s just the biggest and latest one. Don’t forget “The Transparent Administration BS,” “The Shovel Ready Jobs BS,” “The Solindra and Green Energy Scam,” “Fast & Furious (Guns, guns, I got no guns),” the “Benghazi Shuffle,” et al. Also don’t forget that to these guys “The end justifies the means …” is like a religious litany. I am convinced that they want the medical insurance industry to fail so they can save us with socialized medicine (lost a friend to the British version). They forced the change in coverage including requirements that most people, especially the younger population didn’t have or want. Damn these people are bad. Is that sulfur I smell?

    • zoomie

      yup, you can’t have a revolution without chaos. things are proceeding nicely, according to plan.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      The lies began when he first started his political career. He is a proven fraud. The entire media love fest with this maniac has enabled all the information about him concealed except for those who are willing to look for the truth. Here is a piece of that truth you can find about him and the radicals he grew up with.

      http://tomatobubble.com/presidentpsycho.html

  • zoomie

    contrary to what they say in than frathithco, it’s a liberal’s favorite h…

  • james connolly

    The president MUST lie because his whole agenda is to transform American into a poorer, less influential socialist police state, while the adoring, demented media and most of the electorate have been gullible SUCKERS buying a colossal FRAUD since 2008. He has no regard for the Constitution, is totally incompetent, and a ruthless, dangerous man who dislikes the US. He does not want what most sane Americans want. If the country ever awakes from it self-induced delusions, it will not be a pretty sight.

    And to think, he has 3 more years to wreck enormous havoc and destruction on this country, it if lasts that long.

    • Had Enough

      I agree completely except for your statement that “Obama dislikes America.” I believe it is more accurate to say, “Obama hates America.” He has done EVERYTHING possible to undermine and destroy America. He is not one of us; he is an enemy.

  • Dallas25305

    The corrupt, Stalinist, black power racist Barak Hussein Obama has been lying from day one. He said he was going to transform the nation. I don’t know why people didn’t believe it. Now you have the Unaffordable Healthcare Act, Obozo Care. Isn’t it great. Note how Obozo got involved in the Trayvon incedent and gave the racist gangs of hood rats a wink and a node to attack innocent whites. Those racist attacks have been happening almost daily since the gangs know Obozo has their back. Trayvon is dead because he decided to pound the head of a man who he called a “crazy a$$ cracker” into the ground. He deserved what he got. I don’t hear the racist pig Obozo making any statements about the innocent white people some of the WW2 vets who have died. Chairman Obozo is OK with that. Just as he could care less about the 4 white men he sentenced to death in Benghazi when he told help to stand. Next the racist Obama wants to open the borders wide to make whites the minority as soon as possible. Then he wants to take their guns so his hood rats can attack and not have to worry about being shot.

  • magoobee

    Here is the sad part about Obamacare. My wife & I are going to retire instead of continuing to work. The amount of taxes, healthcare premiums and cost of going to work, do not leave us with enough discretionary income to make it worthwhile working.Plus when we do quit, we will be eligible for subsides. So Obama has taken 2 contributors (via taxes) and made them into burdens.

    If you start to eat the goose that lays the golden eggs, some day there will be no goose and everyone will starve.

    What is the lesson to be learned? You get whatever behavior you incent.

  • Donald J DaCosta

    “……because he thinks he can get away with it.”Because he’s been “getting away with it” since campaigning in the run-up to the 2008 race and, after 4 years of his “transforming” America towards 3rd world status, what happened? He got re-elected by marginalizing politically active opposition groups illegally using the IRS for this purpose. He now has the usual subjects, the Left for which their “noble” ends justify the any means necessswhatever means.

  • LawReader

    The only amusing aspect of this all – is that there is no time since taking office when Obama’s *primary* repertoire hasn’t consisted of absolute lies.

    To date – the ONLY phrase out of his mouth not absolutely debunked – is his promise to skyrocket your electricity costs, and that’s still a work in progress…

    It’s less than amusing it’s taken a debacle of this magnitude for the so-called ‘media’ to sit up and take notice of this serial liar. If this doesn’t spur a ‘closer look’ at this bozos’ history and documentation – nothing will.

  • CurmudgyOne

    Yes, he’s a liar. What are we able to do about it? I fear, nothing, because we have a gutless Republican minority in the Senate, a gutless majority in the House, and a clueless conservative majority in the country that is collectively so stupid they gave Obama his second term. We’re done for. Simple as that.

  • zoehoney

    We all know he is a liar…when will they kick him OUT? He is by FAR worse than Nixon ever was. He is literally killing sick people with this ridiculious NOT ACA CRAP. What is Congress afraid of? Egypt will take him down before our own Congress will I think. Good for them TAKE HIM NOW.

  • checker99

    Question: What does a pathological liar do when caught in a lie?
    Answer: Lie Bigger!

  • checker99

    Question: What does a pathological liar do when caught in a lie?
    Answer: Lie Bigger!