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Obama's dizzying effort to clarify his own words

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: November 7, 2013 at 5:53 am •  Published: November 7, 2013

DURING a speech in 2009 to the American Medical Association, President Barack Obama said this about his signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

Anyone who heard the president that day probably came away thinking that if they liked their health care plan, they would be able to keep it under Obamacare — because that’s what the president said, in plain English. He said virtually the same thing over and over, before and after the law was signed.

As he did to Congress on Sept. 9, 2009. And in St. Charles, Mo., on March 10, 2010: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” And during the presidential debate on Oct. 3, 2012. And on and on again.

But this couldn’t be further from the truth, we have come to learn. Millions of Americans are getting the word that their insurance plans are being dropped because they don’t comply with the new law. And we have come to learn, from Obama himself, that he really didn’t say what he really did say, time and again, about the benefits of Obamacare.

Last week in Boston, Obama said, “For the vast majority of people who have health insurance that works, you can keep it.” Those Americans whose policies were being canceled simply had “substandard” insurance plans, he said. On Monday night, Obama continued his revisionist history during a campaign event in Washington, D.C.

“Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” Obama said. With a straight face.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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