If you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan.
You can keep your doctor.
There are no death panels.
You’ll save $2,500 a year in health care premiums under Obamacare.
The costs of health care will go down.
The Obamacare website is working.
When ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the liberal Democrat from liberal California, famously said Congress would have to pass Obamacare so that people could see what’s in it, who knew that the more people find out, the more misrepresentations, misstatements and misleading information they would find?
The New York Post’s Kyle Smith defined the problem over the weekend.
“This week was something new. It was the week Obama was revealed to be a stone-cold liar. … On June 15, 2009, Obama said, in one of hundreds of similar statements, ‘No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like you doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like you health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
But as Americans in droves now are finding out, many cannot keep their doctor and their plan. And their costs are going up, sometimes by thousands of dollars.
“Obama has rebranded himself as a liar, forever,” continued Smith. “He will carry this new label to his grave.”
Famed comic Jackie Mason reached the same conclusion.
“He’s saying things that nobody believes. He was always lying every day of his life. Every time he talks it was a lie. The only time he told the truth is when you didn’t hear from him,” Mason told radio host Aaron Klein on WABC in New York City over the weekend.
“This is becoming so ridiculous, that even the biggest liar can’t top himself. … He looks at you straight in the face, and tells you that if you want your plan, you got your plan, you keep your plan. Now, a month-and-a-half later, you got no plan, you lost your plan, and he tells you you still got a plan.”
Mason then delivered the blow: “A guy like this should be locked up. … If he wasn’t the president, he’d be in jail or in a sanitarium. He wouldn’t be outside talking to people in this condition.”
One of the first misstatements about Obamacare was the denial of its “death panels.”
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin coined the term during the debate in 2008 over the end-of-life instructions in Obamacare, which later were dropped.
Democrats in unison rose up to ridicule Palin and deny that any such panel existed.
But now Doug Book of the Western Center for Journalism notes that under Obamacare, Oregon set up a Health Authority that is promoting a guideline stating “treatment with intent to prolong survival is not a covered service for patients who have progressive metastatic cancer and are not able (in the view of the physician) to be helped. Palliative care is all that will be provided.”
At one point Obama even undermined his own party’s claims. In 2009, he told a daughter whose 104-year-old mother still was enjoying life five years after getting a pacemaker that her mother should have just been given a pain pill.
Then there’s the claim Americans could keep their health care plans.
Millions nationwide already have received notice that the plans they have, and like, are being canceled. Analysts also suggest that those who are covered by employer plans may not face cancellation immediately but should be prepared for it in as little as a year.
One report noted that as early as 2010, the Obama administration knew and admitted to itself that most of the 17 million people in the individual market would be forced into new policies “sooner rather than later.
The Wall Street Journal published a first-person report by Edie Littlefield Sundby, a cancer patient in California who was told she could keep her doctors at Stanford or at the University of California at San Diego, but not both.
“Stanford has kept me alive – but UCSD has provided emergency and local treatment support during wretched periods of this disease, and it is where my primary-care doctors are,” she explained
“What happened to the president’s promise, ‘You can keep your health plan’? Or to the promise that ‘You can keep your doctor’? Thanks to the law, I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The [Obamacare] exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician.”
Not a small problem, she noted.
“For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical coasts. Perhaps that’s the point.”
Current estimates say that somewhere in the range of 3.5 million health care plans already have been canceled because of Obamacare.
And while details are mostly anecdotal to date, Americans are reporting insurance premium increases of up to 300 percent accompanied by deductibles in the thousands of dollars, not any $2,500 savings as promised.
Radio host Rush Limbaugh put the Obamacare rollout fiasco into historical perspective, saying that in many ways, it’s worse than Watergate.
“Folks,” Limbaugh told his audience, “Richard Nixon resigned over a lie that was much less damaging in scope than this one.
“The bottom line,” he said, “is that Obama, the regime, knew that 93 million Americans would be unable to keep their health care plans under Obamacare. … I mean, this is an abject, purposeful lie to the American people for the express purpose of passing legislation.”
Limbaugh called Obamacare “a purposeful, deceitful, fraudulent law.”
“I think Obama’s lie about keeping your insurance may be the biggest lie ever told by a sitting president. This is not an error. It was not a mistake. This was a calculated, purposeful lie.”
WND reported only days ago that a top executive for America’s leading pro-life organization, the American Life League, linked the Obama administration to the “father of lies,” as the devil is described in the Bible.
The comment referenced the abortion and abortifacient mandates in Obamacare.
The conclusion comes from Jim Sedlak, vice president of the pro-life group that follows Catholic teaching and opposes not only abortion but other death-related agendas such as euthanasia.
Sedlak’s comments came only a day after the Washington Post quoted “Exorcist” author William Peter Blatty calling a graphic abortion procedure “demonic.”
“We have always described the work of Planned Parenthood as Satanic,” Sedlak told WND on the issue of abortion and Blatty’s reference.
“If you look around the country, if Satan were to establish an organization today, what organization would be most like that one,” he said. “The answer is Planned Parenthood, which does the work of Satan with its attacks on our young people … with sexual sin.”
It also promotes the “total devaluation of human life,” he said.
“We frequently refer to those that are radical pro-abortion as doing the work of Satan,” he said.
“In this regard, certainly the [Obama] administration is doing the work of Satan.”
“The Obama White House has a credibility problem, one that could infect his entire agenda.”
He reported that the Obama administration explanation of the misstatements included that the president simply didn’t “explain the nuances” of Obamacare in his campaign rallies.
“In other words, they debated whether to tell the full truth and decided against it. They knowingly told a falsehood, which is by definition a lie.”
Former Oklahoma congressman Ernest Istook, writing Monday in the Washington Times Communities blog, noted the White House response to all of the lies.
“They’re echoing Hillary Clinton’s words about Benghazi: ‘What difference does it make?'”
“The White House claims the negatives are minor because ‘only’ 10 to 12 million Americans with individual policies will lose their current insurance, and that these are dwarfed by a vast number who get government subsidies under Obamacare. But official numbers show 93-million people could lose their current coverage. That’s because many employer-based politics will also be canceled as inadequate under Obamacare.
“Until that next wave of bad news hits, Obama’s team is pushing the notion that presidential truth-telling doesn’t really matter… That’s another way of saying that honesty is now unimportant to too many politica,s too many in media, and too many voters.”
“Bill Clinton shamed the nation with his ‘I did not have sex with that woman’ statement. His deceit damaged a generation of young Americans. But he did not constantly repeat his lie on nationwide tours like Obama repeated his promise that we could keep our insurance and keep our doctors. Doing so did not cure all the damage, but at least Clinton ultimately admitted his lie and apologized,” wrote Istook.
“President Obama, we’re waiting.”