Saturday, December 14, 2013

When the Facts Aren’t the Facts and the Checker is Checkered: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it”

‘PolitiFact has named ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,’ the Lie of the Year for 2013,” said the online site. “Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice.” ‘

‘Not only did Obama sell the lie that we can keep our insurance, he was aided and abetted in the lie by none other than PolitiFact.

Talk about irony.

Even PolitiFact admits of this, although they do so in the “half-true,” weasely way that they reserve for something that they support policy-wise, but know is being touted through lies.

At the time Obama was touting Obamacare as something that wouldn’t change the health insurance industry or the healthcare industry, Politifact rated the claims as either “half-true” or “true”.

And they did so, in part, by using one of the Big Lies the administration later tried to use to cover his gaffe.

You know why the administration tried to foist the blame for cancelled policies not on the law itself, but rather on the insurance companies?

Because they got the talking point directly from Politifact in 2009.

“We concluded that nothing in Obama’s proposal proactively forced such changes, and the bills clearly intended to leave much of the current health care system in place,” said PolitiFact in response to Obama’s claims in September 2009 that employer plans wouldn’t have to change as a result of Obamacare proposals.

Said Obama at the time: "If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have."

No caveats on that. PolitiFact rated that claim as “true.” ‘ - Obamacare Big Lie Came from “Fact Checker” PolitiFact Talking Point,, 12/13/2013

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