President Obama Wins PolitiFact's Lie of The Year

Winner: "If you like your plan, you can keep it. Period."

On Thursday afternoon, PolitiFact faced the inevitable in it's annual "Lie of The Year," first announcing their choice on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper.

The hands-down, obvious winner of the year's biggest lie was a statement made over and over in many forms by President Obama: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

Actually PolitiFact not only now seems to accept the original statement as a lie (which they had labeld "Half True" previously), but also his defense of the keep your insurance claim.

First, PolitiFact (sort of) admitted its own previous error:

In 2009 and again in 2012, PolitiFact rated Obama’s statement Half True, which means the statement is partially correct and partially wrong. We noted that while the law took pains to leave some parts of the insurance market alone, people were not guaranteed to keep insurance through thick and thin. It was likely that some private insurers would continue to force people to switch plans, and that trend might even accelerate.

Then it launched into the history of the President's equivocations and misrepresentations, culminating with the not-so-subtle change in language employed by the administration as their lie became increasingly exposed.

But what really set everyone off was when Obama tried to rewrite his slogan, telling political supporters on Nov. 4, "Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed."

Pants on Fire! PolitiFact counted 37 times when he’d included no caveats, such as a high-profile speech to the American Medical Association in 2009: "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."

 

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