During the push for Obamacare and President Obama’s subsequent re-election run, President Obama repeatedly promised the American people that if they liked their insurance plan, they would be able to keep it. But on Sunday, The New York Times editorial board announced that Obama hadn’t lied to the American people – he’d simply made a big mistake. “Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that,” the Times said. “By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year.”
The Times went on to defend Obamacare’s destruction of the personal insurance market as a net positive, since the American people were presumably too dumb to buy insurance they liked – or if they did like it, they were dumb to do so:
Indeed, in all the furor, people forget how terrible many of the soon-to-be-abandoned policies were. This overblown controversy has also obscured the crux of what health care reform is trying to do, which is to guarantee that everyone can buy insurance without being turned away or charged exorbitant rates for pre-existing conditions and that everyone can receive benefits that really protect them against financial or medical disaster, not illusory benefits that prove inadequate when a crisis strikes.
Lies are simply misstatements, according to the Times. Tyranny is liberty. And cancelling someone’s insurance is helping them.