The verdict is in: 2013's biggest “Lie of the Year,” according to PolitiFact, is Barack Obama's promise that if we liked our healthcare plan, we could keep our healthcare plan.
We know for a fact that this was a lie, even though there are still some on the Left and within the administration who try to convince us otherwise. But the fact is that the administration knew in 2010 that millions of Americans would lose their coverage and the decision was made for political purposes to continue to tout that promise nonetheless. It was purposeful deception on a level we've rarely seen. This lie may not just be the biggest lie for 2013, but one that could go down in the history books for this nation.
We must also realize that the promise that we could keep our health insurance plans isn't the only lie associated with ObamaCare. We also can't keep our doctors, our medication coverage and it definitely won't cost less, as Obama once promised. It also won't reduce the national debt. Nearly every promise associated with ObamaCare will not turn out to be true.
Let's also not forget that it wasn't just Obama and his administration who touted these facts about ObamaCare, but a lot of Democrats did as well.
We've seen what these lies, along with the disastrous rollout of the exchanges, have done to Obama's approval ratings. He is at record level lows in terms of his approval, and Americans no longer view the president at honest or trustworthy. That's a big problem for someone who still have three years left to govern.
New polling out today from the AP-GfK finds that ObamaCare reflects a bigger problem for this administration. Three-quarters of Americans say the rollout has gone poorly. No kidding! More from the Associated Press finds:
“In the survey, nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year - mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law's passage.
Sixty-nine percent say their premiums will be going up, while 59 percent say annual deductibles or copayments are increasing.”
Notice that the AP tries to downplay the effect of ObamaCare, but it does highlight a notable issue: Any negative news related to healthcare will now be associated with ObamaCare. Whether or not that is factually correct, that is the PR issue the administration now has to battle.
The bottom line is that Obama and this administration lied to us about the true nature of ObamaCare. Then their lie became infuriating when coupled with an incompetent rollout of the exchanges. Now Obama and the Democrats are stuck with a major PR headache but most importantly, millions of Americans are now suffering the consequences under this law.