The fact-checking site Politifact has awarded President Obama’s claim that people could keep their health insurance (“period”) “Lie of the Year.”
Obama very clearly told Americans, on several occasions, “If you like your doctor you can keep him. Period. If you like your health care plan you can keep it. Period.”
We now all know that is not true. 5-6 million people have already lost their healthcare plans thanks to Obamacare.
Obama’s ideas on health care were first offered as general outlines then grew into specific legislation over the course of his presidency. Yet Obama never adjusted his rhetoric to give people a more accurate sense of the law’s real-world repercussions, even as fact-checkers flagged his statements as exaggerated at best.
Instead, he fought back against inaccurate attacks with his own oversimplifications, which he repeated even as it became clear his promise was too sweeping.
The debate about the health care law rages on, but friends and foes of Obamacare have found one slice of common ground: The president’s “you can keep it” claim has been a real hit to his credibility.
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