We know that President Obama categorically asserted several dozen times that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” or slight variants. He stood by the assertion until late last week, when, to borrow the lingo of the terminologically creative New York Times “news” article by Michael Shear and Robert Pear — it took two Times reporters to come up with this one — Obama acknowledged that the statement constituted an “incorrect promise.” Let it be noted that Shear and Pear deserves a special Pulitzer Prize for flackery.
A transcript of Obama’s November 14 press conference announcing his retreat is accessible here. The retreat exposed Obama’s oft repeated statement as a lie then and now. It is one of the foundational lies of Obamacare.
Exercising a royal prerogative, Obama has decreed that insurers can renew noncompliant Obamacare policies, Obamacare to the contrary notwithstanding, for one year. Obama has royally amended his lie as follows: “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan, for one year.”
For reasons we have previously pointed out, the decree is of dubious legality and practicability. By itself, however, it also starkly exposes Obama’s “incorrect promise” as a lie. The pretense involved is laughable. Obama is our emperor, but like the guy in the Andersen fairy tale, the emperor wears no clothes.