In 2013, Barack Obama was awarded Lie of the Year by PolitiFact for telling the American people that they could keep their existing healthcare policies and doctors.
When Obamacare kicked in last October, nearly 10 million people receive cancellation notices from their healthcare providers. They were informed that their existing policies failed to meet the minimum requirements established by the Affordable Care Act.
Obama reacted to the news of the massive cancellations by declaring that existing policies should not be cancelled and that the insurance companies had to work to keep the policies in existence for another year. His actions presented three huge problems.
First, it was illegal as only Congress can make changes to a law that they passed. Secondly, over 4 million people’s policies had already been cancelled and third, insurance companies had already changed their entire systems at great expense and could not easily change back to keep the cancelled policies.
Obama apologized and acted like he was completely unaware that this would all happen. But according to former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), a staunch Obama supporter, Obama knew in advance that millions of policies were going to be cancelled and that Obama just handled the matter poorly.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Frank said:
“The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled – I don’t understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis, but frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people.”
“He should have said, ‘Look, in some cases the health care plans that you’ve got are really inadequate, and in your own interests, we’re going to change them,’ but that’s not what he said.”
“Any smart political adviser would have said, ‘Don’t lie to people, because you’re gonna get caught up in it and it’s gonna have this tsunami that you now have.’ My political motto, very simple. I have always told the truth, and nothing but the truth. But I don’t volunteer the whole truth in every situation.”
I almost choked over Frank’s statement about telling the truth all of time. That’s not exactly his track record in Congress.
I was surprised to see Frank speak out so negatively about his hero Obama. However, I disagree with his statement that Obama should have told the American people that their health plans were inadequate and that it was in their best interest to change them. In the vast majority of cases, the changes imposed by Obamacare meant that people had to take coverage they didn’t need or want, have a higher deductible, less access to their preferred doctors and all at a higher cost. Not exactly what I would describe as being in the best interest of the people.
Frank is just another in the growing list of Democrats that have spoken out against him and Obamacare. Many are doing so in hopes of winning votes from dissatisfied voters. They believe if they speak out against Obama and Obamacare that they just might be able to win in November, but hopefully the uninformed and gullible American people will wake up and see through their ruse.