We now know that when President Obama promised Americans that if they liked their health insurance plan, they could keep their health insurance plan he wasn’t telling the truth. But based on an op-ed published in the New York Times on Sunday, the Times editorial board doesn’t agree – calling the President’s broken promises an “overblown controversy.” After all, we all know President Obama simply “misspoke” when he told us over and over and over again that we could keep our plans.
“It's good to see that the New York Times has come out and just hammered the President for, you know, all the times that he said, ‘Hey, you like your doctor; you're going to be able to keep it.’ They mercilessly hammered him, didn't they,” Glenn asked on radio this morning. “Took him to task. Said that he ‘misspoke.’ You misspoke?”
Let’s take a quick look at just a sampling of the instances in which the President “misspoke.”
“How many times has he misspoken,” Pat asked. “That's just a teeny little fraction of his speaking…. But there was never a time when he said, ‘If you like your plan and you like your doctor, you may not be able to keep it.’ Not once did he ever say that.”
“Well, all he did was leave off an apostrophe T,” Stu joked. “‘If you have health insurance you can...t keep it.’ That's all.”
Considering that an NBC News report last week showed the Obama Administration knew millions of Americans would lose their current coverage as a result of Obamacare, the Times’ argument becomes more and more implausible.
“Here's what they're going to do. They have changed the rules on the insurance companies, said you cannot offer a plan unless it does these things, so all the plans that Americans had that didn't include those things – you can't keep that plan," Glenn explained. "But don't worry. Do you have the Ezekiel Emanuel quote from this weekend where he was on [Fox News]… That the private healthcare industry doesn't like privatized insurance, and so it is trying to get rid of privatized insurance. The privatized insurance industry is trying to put the privatized insurance industry out of business. What?”
“It's not the government. It's not the government regulations. It was the privatized insurance companies that wanted to put themselves out of business because they don't like it,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “That is the case. And that is the case that America will believe as well. You watch.”
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