In an interview with the Huffington Post, former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) made an interesting admission: He believes the Obama Administration made a big mistake when they chose to lie about the details of Obamacare.
President Obama’s infamous ‘if you like your plan, you can keep your plan’ has come back to haunt him and was even named PoltiFact.com’s “lie of the year” in 2013. Now Frank his expressing his dismay with the President’s handling of the rollout.
“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,” Frank told the Huffington Post. “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 went on to say Obama would have been better off telling the American people some healthcare plans were going to be deemed inadequate under the new law. Instead, the President lied.
“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,’” Frank continued. “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.”
While it is certainly interesting to hear such rhetoric from a former Democratic insider, Glenn questioned Frank’s credibility in the matter on radio this morning. Frank left office in 2013 after some 30 years representing Massachusetts 4th Congressional District, and he played a role in the passage of Obamacare.
“Barney, weren’t you there,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “Why didn’t you come out and say that? A lie of omission is the same as a lie.”
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