PolitiFact Lie of the Year: “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it”

For the fourth time in five years, PolitiFact’s notorious ‘Lie of the Year’ involves President Obama’s signature healthcare law. This year, the President’s now infamous ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan’ took top honors.

PolitiFact explains:

For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice. (PolitiFact first announced its selection on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper.)

For four of the past five years, PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year has revolved around the health care law, which has been subject to more erroneous attacks than any other piece of legislation PolitiFact has fact-checked.

Obama’s ideas on health care were first offered as general outlines then grew into specific legislation over the course of his presidency. Yet Obama never adjusted his rhetoric to give people a more accurate sense of the law’s real-world repercussions, even as fact-checkers flagged his statements as exaggerated at best.

Instead, he fought back against inaccurate attacks with his own oversimplifications, which he repeated even as it became clear his promise was too sweeping.

The debate about the health care law rages on, but friends and foes of Obamacare have found one slice of common ground: The president’s “you can keep it” claim has been a real hit to his credibility.

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“The ‘Lie of the Year’ now is: If you have a doctor that you like, you can keep your doctor. That’s the lie of the year,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Help me out on this because if I’m not mistaken, originally it was true. Then ten months later, it was half-true. And now two years later, it’s a lie.”

Glenn is referring to the fact that back in 2009, PolitiFact labeled the President’s claim as “half true”. Given the organization’s flip-flopping on the issue, Glenn couldn’t help but question the credibility of the PolitiFact. After all, a lie is lie, right?

“PolitiFact… you don’t know what you’re doing,” Glenn concluded. “It can’t be true, half true, and then the ‘Lie of the Year’. It was a lie. It was always a lie, and you were wrong. Period.”

Ironically, just a few weeks ago, the Wonderful World of Stu ‘fact checked’ Politifact:

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  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The entire matter of Obamacare has been a grand deception across the board from the very beginning. People need to get back to calling any lie for what it is: a lie.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    So is Politifact calling out Obama on all of his other lies? Such as the cover up of Fast and Furious, the IRS, Benghazi, running arms to international terrorists and many more such criminal deeds?

  • Bonnie Somer

    amen

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    The obama White House administration is giving Burger King the run for the money in winning the title of the home of the Whoppers

  • Anonymous

    Beck failed to mention that 3/4 of Politifact’s lies of the year about Obamacare were from Republicans.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Politifact is just a liberal stooge and the only reason why they are backing away now so they can lie to get Hillary in 2016.

  • Anonymous

    So what do you want Politifact to do? Keep it as true or half true because they don’t want to look wrong? That is what is wrong with politics today. Yeah, they messed up and that is why they fixed it. No one is perfect.

  • Joe

    Says the guy on Glenn Beck’s site….

  • Anonymous

    Obama is the scam of the decade

  • kadow3490

    What’s new Obama always lie

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    And what does that got to do with you liberals lying?

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm, maybe Beck should be more humble about what he says. I’ve seen Glenn wobble from side to side lately, changing his mind over and over again.

  • Anonymous

    Yet we still have liberal sheep who vote for the guy who promises them “free” stuff no matter what.

  • Anonymous

    Why is calling someone a liar, when they clearly lied, a bad thing? I don’t care if he is the president, you don’t lie and act as if you were doing us a favor. This pos law wouldn’t have passed without the lies and that is the real reason for the lies. Liar in chief will just have to deal with being called a liar!

  • Anonymous

    He’s just trying to “evolve” his positions like Obama does on a regular basis.

  • Anonymous

    No they weren’t. They were predicted by Republicans, not told by them. Stupidfuckingassholeretard

  • landofaahs

    If you like your dental care program, you can keep it.

  • Charles Hurst

    I have commented many times on other sites about Obamacare being Marxist. I know this for two reasons. First I’m a former provider and saw everyday one man paying so another may not. Second, I’m an author that is picking up speed now. The reason is I had an extensive amount of research on 1917 Russia as well as Cuba and other tyrannies. Tactics and strategies were all the same. I used this history lesson to invoke my fictional future breakdown of America–starting with the economy. I started this endeavor in 2005. Things were not well then–a lot of saw 2008 coming–an economical collapse based on a disease known as immorality. The housing and banks industries were operating on dishonesty–that is the core problem of America.
    It has grown exponentially worse in this country.
    My point? The healthcare system wasn’t what murdered Mother Russia as the Progressives cry on their blogs as they tell me it has nothing to do with Marxism. A Marxist uses many tools–education, banking, media–see a trend here? And the healthcare which is a HUGE part of our economy. It’s not a little Allen Wrench, it’s a giant mallet for us because healthcare is so intertwined with us–it wasn’t in 1917 Russia–that’s what the Leftist doesn’t get. If healthcare wasn’t a way to invoke Marxism Barry would have never approached it. So of course he lied his way through–that is also a Marxist tactic–deception to promote cause.

    We are in real trouble here if this man is not stopped.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE. A true conservative’s weekly.

  • Anonymous

    He is nothing but a big liar. obama doesn’t care though, he will finish out his term (hopefully), telling more. Also, never taking responsibility for anything that happens – he will pass the buck. He stated that the buck stops with him – lie, lie, lie…..

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I am cracking up over this – good one!!!

  • Charles Hurst

    I got your comment–if 1969 was you’re birth year then you are one year younger than me and remember when things were sane. It’s incredible when I point out history on my blog/ezine and facts to other sites–concrete facts and they just don’t see it—an evil has fallen on our country–they don’t want to see it. Like a child who keeps eating cookies–you tell him he’ll get sick and he keeps doing it. That’s what we are. It’s like the people who have sense I only find on blogs and conservative sites–and we are spread too thin living in the asylum.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL.

  • Anonymous

    That is so true, but if we don’t get out and vote and try to change the way we are heading, it will be all over with. God help us if H. Clinton gets in office she is just as bad and a liar herself. Let me say that we are sheep God’s sheep the goats are the liberals. They will be separated from us sheep.

  • Anonymous

    Because liberals fail at arguing. And when presented with facts they are a$$ kisses to Obama they will follow him no matter what instead of being a free thinking man. My Grandfather was like that, no matter what he always voted for who the UAW told him to vote for if you asked why he could not tell you other then the UAW says the guys will be good for him. Too many sheep in this world. It’s okay to vote for Obama but at least be able to argue why you think he is the right person for the job.

  • Anonymous

    I hate new laws, but guess we need one if the POTUS is caught in a lie they are thus impeached and kicked out…but then again I don’t want Biden in office either.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who voted this idiotic back into office for another four years gets everything they deserve. Sad thing, though, is they are bringing the rest of us down with them. My dearly departed Mother-in-law, a Castro survivor, always said “people get they government they deserve.” It’s true. So, to anyone who saddled us with this disaster I say “enjoy.”

  • Anonymous

    OMG, yes, Kudos! especially now when we REALLY need a laugh.

  • Anonymous

    Except, like most progressives, you have zero examples, and nothing but baseless accusations. But thanks for chiming in, Valerie Jarrett.

  • Fat Lip

    Yeh and if you really want a good president in America you can vote for one to RIGHT

  • Anonymous

    “The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” These are words whose concepts are and have been foreign to many of our “leaders” for many generations. Socialism accompanied by situation ethics, has insinuated itself into every part of our lives. Our class rooms kindergarten through college, some of our churches, our government, the entertainment industry and our health care programs are invaded by socialistic political philosophy. I don’t presume to share with you that which you already know. I’m hoping that we can stop these wrongful and destructive attacks upon our Republic by sharing with those do not know. Divide and conquer by creating a crisis, by propaganda, and by overloading a system are some the strategies and tactics used to over throw a government.

  • Chumba Wumba

    Hussein Obama lied to the American Medical Association on June 15, 2009 when he claimed that you would be able to keep your health insurance.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Obama is a menace to mankind.

  • Anonymous

    Urge everyone to see real news today( Tuesday 12-17-2013 6.00 p.m) or repeat showing and record it and spread the word of a hidden regulations in obama care to force people on middle income on medi caid because their income not high enough with a possible raising the goal income level to more midlle class levels !! In the regulations even you never use obama care just drop dead or sick they will put a lean on your property home,bank assets etc or just sieze it ,not really to pay for your treatments ,but to pay for obama care system and the don’t care to work crowd and illegals at your expense and to redistibute the wealth from your family which you work for them to have a better start !! Now if this was know the to middle class who own their homes and money in the banks then many of people would not have voted for democrats in 2010 and 2012 elections . With obama greatest world scam of bait and switch in stealing your home and your bank account !! I hope Glenn and his great staff wil address this on his Radio program and Glenn Beck program to wake up more of the middle class ,talk radio,fox news to spread the world to vote all thieving democrats of the working class out of office that goes for local,state,federal offices !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our President has hidden this devious regulation to after elections to destroy U.S middle class, to bring down U.S and to have democrats win elections on half truths and lies to U.S citizens !!!!!!!!!!!