American Crossroads has put together a nice video featuring Barack Obama retailing the lie that if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Nothing new there, but this one adds a nice twist: Senator Mary Landrieu, who is up for re-election in Louisiana next year, repeating Obama’s lie:
Last night, desperate to get out from under the avalanche of public outrage over Obamacare, Landrieu introduced a bill that would permit Americans to keep their existing coverage if they like it. She calls it the “Keeping the Promise Act.” Only one problem: Landrieu has already had an opportunity to make the administration keep its promise, and she voted against it.
On September 29, 2010, Republican Senators introduced a resolution disapproving of, and countermanding, the Obama administration’s “grandfather” regulations, the ones that are now forcing the cancellation of millions of insurance policies. The Republicans reminded their Democratic colleagues of Obama’s many promises; Mike Enzi said:
Mr. President, the resolution we are debating today is about keeping a promise. The authors of the new health care law promised the American people that if they liked their current health insurance, they could keep it. On at least 47 separate occasions, President Obama promised: “If you like what you have, you can keep it.”
Unfortunately, the Obama administration has broken that promise. Earlier this year, the administration published a regulation that will fundamentally change the health insurance plans of millions of Americans. The reality of this new regulation is, if you like what you have, you can’t keep it.
He was right, of course. On September 29, 2010, the Democrats had the opportunity to vote for a “Keeping the Promise Act.” How did Mary Landrieu vote? She voted no. This is a screen capture of the relevant page of the Congressional Record for that date. Note that there were 59 “nays;” in other words, every Democrat:
If you keep going through the alphabet, you get to Mary Landrieu:
American Crossroads has made similar videos for Mark Begich and Kay Hagan, both of whom are vulnerable Dems facing tough election tests next year. This issue should hound every Senate Democrat up for re-election in 2014, since they all voted No. Mark Pryor and Al Franken, I’m thinking of you.