Nancy Pelosi famously asserted that “we have to pass [Obamacare] so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” This much is true: we had to pass Obamacare to find out the biggest lies told on its behalf.
Each of the foundational lies of Obamacare — if you like your health insurance you can keep it, if you like your doctor you can keep him, and so on — deserves recognition. These lies were frequently repeated for a reason. If they hadn’t been believed, the Obamacare wouldn’t have been enacted.
The Heritage Foundation’s Alyene Senger gives us the top 10 broken Obamacare promises. These 10 promises were often repeated and were foundational in the sense that, if the truth had been exposed in the mainstream media, Obamacare might still be a pipe dream.
In the New York Post Michael Gartland ranks Obamcare’s four biggest lies. Gartland’s four are certainly contenders.
Betsy McCaughey awards the honor for Obamacare’s biggest whopper to Obama’s assertion that “you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making.” McCaughey holds that this was a lie from day one, just like Obama’s other pitches.
How can the lie accorded top honors by McCaughey exceed the PolitiFact lie of the year? That lie was so good it was previously rated True (thank you, Avik Roy). Glenn Kessler also awarded this lie four Pinnochios in a good Washington Post column, and Matt Welch chronicled “The death of Obama’s ‘noble lie,’” but no one told the story better than Michelle Malkin in “Obama lied, my health plan died.”
With the implementation of Obamacare this year, we will undoubtedly have many occasion to return to this subject and consider the contenders in light of events.