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Obama's Big Lie

By Jonah Goldberg · Oct. 30, 2013

“All we’ve been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it. … I’m infuriated because I was lied to,” one woman told the Los Angeles Times, as part of a story on how some middle-class Californians have been stunned to learn the real costs of Obamacare.

And that lie looks like the biggest lie about domestic policy ever uttered by a U.S. president.

The most famous presidential lies have to do with misconduct (Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” or Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations”) or war. Woodrow Wilson campaigned on the slogan “He kept us out of war” and then plunged us into a calamitous war. Franklin D. Roosevelt made a similar vow: “I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.”

Roosevelt knew he was making false promises. He explained to an aide: “If someone attacks us, it isn’t a foreign war, is it?” When his own son questioned his honesty, FDR replied: “If I don’t say I hate war, then people are going to think I don’t hate war. … If I don’t say I won’t send our sons to fight on foreign battlefields, then people will think I want to send them. … So you play the game the way it has been played over the years, and you play to win.”

The burning question about Barack Obama is whether he was simply “playing to win” and therefore lying on purpose, or whether his statements about Obamacare were just another example of, as Obama once put it, “I actually believe my own” spin, though he used another word.

“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people,” he told the American Medical Association in 2009. “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.”

No matter how you slice it, that was a lie. As many as 16 million Americans on the individual health-insurance market may lose their insurance policies. Just in the last month, hundreds of thousands have been notified by their insurers that their policies will be canceled. In fact, it appears that more Americans may have lost coverage than gotten it since Healthcare.gov went “live” (a term one must use advisedly). And when the business mandate finally kicks in, tens of millions more probably will lose their plans.

Ah, but they’ll get better ones!

That appears to be the new rationalization for Obama’s bait-and-switch. “Right now all that insurance companies are saying is, ‘We don’t meet the requirements under Obamacare, but we’re going to offer you a better deal!’” explained Juan Williams on “Fox News Sunday.”

A better deal according to whom? Say I like my current car. The government says under some new policy I will be able to keep it and maybe even lower my car payments. But once the policy is imposed, I’m told my car now isn’t street-legal. Worse, I will have to buy a much more expensive car or be fined by the IRS. But, hey, it’ll be a much better car! Why, even though you live in Death Valley, your new car will have great snow tires and heated seats.

This is what the government is saying to millions of Americans who don’t want or need certain coverage, including, for instance, older women – and men – who are being forced to pay for maternity care. Such overcharging is necessary to pay for the poor and the sick signing up for Obamacare or for the newly expanded Medicaid.

At least Darth Vader was honest about his bait-and-switch: “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.” Obama won’t even admit he lied.

At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Obama talked at great length about the middle class and not once about the poor. His critics on the right said he was lying, that he was really more interested in income distribution. Such charges were dismissed as paranoid and even racist. But the critics were right. Obama was either lying to himself or to the rest of us – because he was playing the game to win.

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10 Comments

Old Guy in California said:

If he believes what he says, he's delusional and should be institutionalized. If he does not, he's deliberately lying and should be impeached, convicted, & imprisoned.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Rod in USA replied:

Absolutely correct. Anyone who sees it differently also should meet the same fate(s).

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia replied:

I'd settle for them not being able to vote for a while...

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

G. Daylan in Peoria, IL said:

As Machiavelli pointed out, the objective of a politician is to obtain power and the objective of an incumbent is to retain power. These objectives are to be achieved by any whatever means are necessary. I am not fluent in Saul Alinsky's advice to political organizers but perhaps it is the same as Machiavelli's.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Dick Boas in Long Pond, PA replied:

G. Daylan: I actually read "The Prince" and you are spot on. The objective of a politician is to gain power and then to retain power. That is why we need to impose "term limits" on these fools. We have endured two revolutions in this country (April, 1775 and April, 1861) and I fear we are about to "nourish the Tree of Liberty with its natural manure; The blood of Tyrants and the Blood of Patriots." I pray daily for my country but I am stocking up. Arm your selves. Dick

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:19 AM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia replied:

I'm sympathetic to the idea of term limits for legislators, but I cannot see it as a panacea for the problems we have in government. Reducing the power of congressmen and senators will only increase the relative power of the staffers who remain behind to manipulate the next office-holder, and the unelected bureaucrats Executive Department agencies.

Much of the regulatory problems in our nation arise from the fact that Congress has ceded so much of its authority to the EPA, the IRS, and so forth, and it is only direct action by Congress that reins in such overreach, when some particular outrage visited upon Americans becomes unbearable. Reinventing the wheel every few years will only prevent that meager effort.

It is certainly lamentable that even the worst offenders stand a better than 90% chance of being returned to office; the relative advantage incumbents have over challengers MUST be addressed. But the answer is to Washington's failures is to "term-limit" those legislators who are part of the problem, which require making damn sure their constituents know that they are.

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Karl Heinrich O'Zilla's LIES echo throughout hell's canyons. the dismantling of the best health care in the world is underway. The dismantling of the greatest military is underway.POTUS 44: Domestic Enemy---Your time will kome---God is in Control!!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:16 AM

boilingfrog in N.C. said:

At the democrat convention obama talked about the middle class the future poor. The goal the ultimate goal...... ghettos from sea to shinning sea......

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

R P Morris in Pittsburgh said:

So what if lied, nothing will happen to him, he will just keep going.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

King Fish in State of Confusion said:

I hope the libturds that voted for this $hitbird get hit the hardest. They deserve the punishment for their treason.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM