The face of the liar:
A lot of conservative sites have noted the report by NBC News — an organization which very much favors the Democrats — that the Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance, but Robert Stacey Stacy McCain put it best:
How bad is the failure of ObamaCare? Bad enough that MSNBC’s Morning Joe can’t ignore it, says Pete Da Tech Guy. While they cannot ignore it, however, the liberal media must find some explanation that makes this failure look less predictable than it was, and how to make President Obama’s deliberate lies look like innocent errors:
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.
Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.” . . .
The emphases were Mr McCain’s, not the cited NBC News story’s. But he’s Mr McCain’s money line:
So all those promises — that rates would go down and that people could keep their existing plans — were deliberate lies. And all the conservatives who tried to warn that ObamaCare was doomed to failure were correct. But the liars were all Democrats, and the people who told the truth were all Republicans, so there will be no apologies and no repentance. Instead, they’ll just come up with new lies.
The emphasis in that one was mine, not Mr McCain’s.
The problem is documented further down in the NBC story:1
None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.
Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”
That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.
Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”
“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.
More simply, they took a law which would have made the President’s proclamations false to (possibly) less than half of the people, and added administrative regulations — they did not amend the law — which made the statements false to the majority of the people. Former Speakess of the House Nancy Pelosi (in)famously said that “we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it…,” but a very major part of the problem is not what was in the bill but what the Department of Health and Human Services has added on to the bill in the form of regulations. The regulators knew what the President had promised, and wrote regulations which deliberately broke the President’s promises.
As noted, virtually everybody on the blogroll has written about the President’s lies (see the Related Articles section below), but, to me, this is just one more bit of evidence. On The Five, Andrea Tantaros noted President Obama’s claim that he did not know that the intelligence agencies he controls were taping the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.2
Miss Tantaros asked the panel if they believed the claim that the President did not know; my point would be that it’s actually worse if I do believe it. If I don’t believe it, it makes the President of the United States a liar, which we already knew. If I do believe it, then the obvious questions have to be:
- Who authorized the tapping of the phone of the chief of state of one of our closest allies;
- Who decided that that kind of decision was below the Presidential level;
- Who decided that the President should not be informed of such a decision; and
- Just who the Hell is in charge here?
And it gets even worse. It’s bad enough that the President has urinated off a lot of our allies with the surveillance program,3 but then they pull this [insert slang term for feces here]; from The Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Says France, Spain Aided NSA Spying
By Adam Entous and Siobhan Gorman | Oct. 29, 2013 12:55 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—Widespread electronic spying that ignited a political firestorm in France and Spain recently was carried out by their own intelligence services and not by the National Security Agency, U.S. officials say.
The phone records collected by the Europeans—in war zones and other areas outside their borders—then were shared with the NSA, U.S. officials said, as part of efforts to help protect American and allied troops and civilians.
The new disclosure upends the version of events as reported in Europe in recent days, and puts a spotlight on the role of European intelligence services that work closely with the NSA, suggesting a greater level of European involvement in global surveillance.
The U.S. has so far been silent about the role of European partners in these collection efforts so as to protect relationships. These efforts are separate, however, from the U.S. spying programs that targeted dozens of foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose phones were tapped for years by the NSA.
The NSA declined to comment, as did the Spanish foreign ministry and a spokesman for the French Embassy in Washington. A spokesman for Spain’s intelligence service said: “Spanish law impedes us from talking about our procedures, methods and relationships with other intelligence services.”
More at the link. It looks like our European allies need to get used to what the President’s domestic allies have had to worry about, getting thrown under the bus. It was damaging enough for the United States to have the surveillance program exposed, but at least the damage could have been limited to the United States. Now, someone has taken the decision to damage our allies as well.
It all could have been handled by the US telling our exposed allies, “Look, this has been bad, and we understand that you have to say some unpleasant things about us, but we’ll keep your involvement quiet and let all of this settle down in a few months.” Instead, someone decided that the best way to make us look less bad is to make some of our allies look bad. Someone needs to read Dale Carnegie, because someone in the Obama Administration has all of the interpersonal skills of Sheldon Cooper and all of the brainpower of Sheila Jackson-Lee.
Now, just what rocket scientist decided to put out that story? As important as this story is for our foreign policy, that decision had to come from the top, from President Obama. If it did not come from President Obama, then someone needs to be fired, and fired immediately, and it, once again, raises the question: just who the Hell is in charge here?
Sadly enough, as bad as it is that Barack Hussein Obama is supposed to be in charge, it appears to me that it’s even worse than that, that no one is in charge. President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper simply are not stupid enough to have decided to leak that story.
This story is even worse than the obvious lies that were told by the Obama Administration concerning the Obaminablecare fiasco; I am concerned that the health care story is so big that the more important one is going to be lost in the noise.
- Patterico’s Pontifications: If You Like Your Insurance, You Can Keep It. Period. Bald Faced Lie. and Valerie Jarrett’s Blatant Lie: ObamaCare Is Not Forcing People Out of Their Health Plans
- The Pirate’s Cove: President “You Can Keep Your Plan” Knew You Couldn’t Keep Your Plan
- Sister Toldjah: #Obamacare: the question every Democrat dreads. UPDATE: They knew you would lose your insurance and Highly critical NBC story on #Obamacare disappears, then mysteriously reappears
- Political Realities: Obama Lied About Obamacare
- Colossus of Rhodey: President I-Didn’t-Knowbama
- Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion: The Hoyer defense: A lie is just a truth that wasn’t precise enough
- American Power: Obama Knew Millions Would Lose Their Health Insurance
- Protein Wisdom: SHOCKER: “Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance”
- The Lonely Conservative: NBC News: Obama Admin Knew Millions Would Lose Their Health Insurance
- The Other McCain: The Liar-in-Chief
- The Wall Street Journal: Senate to Review All U.S. Spying
- The Wall Street Journal: Spying Revelations Add Hurdle to U.S.-EU Trade Talks
- The Wall Street Journal: Germany Warns of Repercussions from U.S. Spying
- The Wall Street Journal: Obama Unaware as NSA Spied on World Leaders
- Patterico noted that the first paragraph of the quote was temporarily removed from the website. ↩
- In The Unbearable Lightness of Obama, The Wall Street Journal pointed out that the president didn’t know the NSA was spying on world leaders, but he’s found time for at least 146 rounds of golf. ↩
- Much of this was revealed due to the actions of Edward Snowden; he should be tracked down and killed. ↩