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Speechwriter: Obama Didnít Lie About ObamaCare, He Just Didnít Understand How It Worked
Frontpage Mag ^ | 1/31/14 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 02/01/2014 4:01:10 AM PST by Libloather

The Obama approval ratings are apparently bad enough that they’re going with the, “He’s not a liar, he’s just stupid” defense.

At an AEI event on the secrets of the State of the Union speech, former President Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett acknowledged that the “keep your health care plan” pledge didn’t turn out to be as accurate as the administration planned.

That’s PR speak for, “It was a complete and total lie from beginning to end.” How accurate did the administration hope that a claim that had no basis in fact would be on a scale from one to minus zero?

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloooooooooooooooo; idiot; lie; maybealittlebloooo; obamacare; speechwriter
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Pelosi knew.
1 posted on 02/01/2014 4:01:10 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

The smartest man in the world didn’t know how it worked? Yeah.


2 posted on 02/01/2014 4:12:04 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Libloather

Bump


3 posted on 02/01/2014 4:12:21 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: Balding_Eagle

Yes....it was impossible to understand “if you like your policy you can keep it.”

It was also impossible for this frigging speech writer to not put an explanation of why it is a lie into the teleprompter.....


4 posted on 02/01/2014 4:14:27 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Libloather
but it was never, ever something that was viewed as not being true but something that should be said anyway.

Hah...simply amazing how dumb they think we are...

Oh Wait...

5 posted on 02/01/2014 4:20:00 AM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Libloather
former President Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett

LOL!

Yeah! That's it! That's the ticket!

6 posted on 02/01/2014 4:24:29 AM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Libloather

“Under my plan, a whole lot of things are going to happen, but I don’t understand what they are because I didn’t write my plan and I haven’t read my plan.”


7 posted on 02/01/2014 4:25:44 AM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Libloather

But his pants caught on FIRE! ! ! ! ! !


8 posted on 02/01/2014 4:27:14 AM PST by DeaconRed (ZERO: Resign now while you can. . . . . .)
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To: Libloather
...former President Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett..."

Is this THE Jon ("that's the ticket") Lovett?

9 posted on 02/01/2014 4:27:26 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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SPIN CITY: Obama Didn’t Lie, He Just "Didn’t Understand" How Obamacare Worked....

Huh? Gimme that again? His signature legislation---years in the making---and this sap-happy "genius" had no idea how it worked? Too bad he left a paper trail a mile long----with dozens of lock-stepping Democrats publicly testifying to Obamacare's phony promises.

As far back as 2008, at the presidential debate in Nashville, Democrat candidate Obama advanced his signature healthcare plan that was ultimately enacted (by an historic straight Democrat party-line vote) into the "Affordable Care Act :

QUOTING 2008 OBAMA: "No. 1, let me just repeat, if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it. All I’m going to do is help you to lower the premiums on it. You’ll still have choice of doctor.”

Repeated over and over ---- with the promise that every American family would be saving $2500.00 on healthcare costs.

Significantly, Boobamba NEVER corrected lock-stepping Democrats, all reading from the same phony Democrat script, repeating the same false Democrat promises---over and over again.

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LOCK-STEPPING PARTY LOYALTY NOT SEEN SINCE 1940's ERA EUROPE Obama And The Dumbos marching in lockstep. The persistent Dumbocrat drumbeat ---- in obeisance to Obama ---- kept ringing reassuringly in our ears: "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."

SEN. HARRY REID (D-Nev.): “In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: “We believe — and we stand by this — if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward.” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/29/09)

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-Wash.): “Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it.” (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-Mont.): “That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it.” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)

SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-Iowa): “One of the things we put in the health care bill when we designed it was the protection for consumers to keep the plan they have if they like it; thus, the term ‘grandfathered plans.’ If you have a plan you like — existing policies — you can keep them. … we said, if you like a plan, you get to keep it, and you can grandfather it in.” (Sen. Harkin, Congressional Record, S.7675-6, 9/29/10)

THEN-REP. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.): “Under the bill, if you like the insurance you have now, you may keep it and it will improve.” (Rep. Baldwin, Press Release, 3/18/10)

SEN. MARK BEGICH (D-Alaska): “If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that. If you have an insurance program or a health care policy you want of ideas, make sure you keep it. That you can keep who you want.” (Sen. Begich, Townhall Event, 7/27/09)

SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-Colo.): “We should begin with a basic principle: if you have coverage and you like it, you can keep it. If you have your doctor, and you like him or her, you should be able to keep them as well. We will not take that choice away from you.” (Sen. Bennet, Press Release, 6/11/09)

SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-Calif.): “So we Democrats want people to be able to keep the health care they have. And the answer to that is choice of plans. And in the exchange, we’re going to have lots of different plans, and people will be able to keep the health care coverage they need and they want.” (Sen. Boxer, Press Release, 2/8/11)

SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-Ohio): “Our Democrat bill says if you have health insurance and you like it, you can keep it…”(Sen. Brown, Congressional Record, S.12612, 12/7/09)

SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-Md.): “For the people of Maryland, this bill will provide a rational way in which they can maintain their existing coverage…” (Sen. Cardin, Congressional Record, S.13798, 12/23/09)

SEN. BOB CASEY (D-Pa.): “I also believe this Democrat legislation and the bill we are going to send to President Obama this fall will also have secure choices. If you like what you have, you like the plan you have, you can keep it. It is not going to change.” (Sen. Casey, Congressional Record, S.8070, 7/24/09)

SEN. KAY HAGAN (D-N.C.): ‘People who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it’ “We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage.” (“Republicans Vent As Other Compromise Plans Get Aired,” National Journal’s Congress Daily, 6/18/09)

SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-La.): “If you like the insurance that you have, you’ll be able to keep it.” (MSNBC’s Hardball, 12/16/09)

SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-Vt.): “[I]f you like the insurance you now have, keep the insurance you have.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 10/22/09)

SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-N.J.): “If you like what you have, you get to keep it” “Menendez is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is expected to release a bill later this week. He stressed that consumers who are satisfied with their plans won’t have to change. ‘If you like what you have, you get to keep it,’ he said.” (“Health Care Plan Would Help N.J., Menendez Says,” The Record, 6/19/09)

SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oreg.): “[E]nsuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it” “The HELP Committee bill sets forward a historic Democrat plan that will, for the first time in American history, give every American access to affordable health coverage, reduce costs, and increase choice, while ensuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it.” (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 7/15/09)

SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D-Md.): “It means that if you like the insurance you have now, you can keep it.” (Sen. Mikulski, Press Release, 12/24/09)

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-W.Va.): “I want people to know, the President’s promise that if you like the coverage you have today you can keep it is a pledge we intend to keep.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Hearing, 9/23/09)

SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.): “If you like the insurance you have, you can choose to keep it.” (Sen. Reed, Town Hall Event, 6/25/09)

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.): “‘If you have coverage you like, you can keep it,’ says Sen. Sanders.” (“Sick And Wrong,” Rolling Stone, 4/5/10)

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-N.H.): ‘if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it’ “My understanding … is that … if you have health coverage that you like you can keep it. As I said, you may have missed my remarks at the beginning of the call, but one of the things I that I said as a requirement that I have for supporting a Democrat bill is that if you have health coverage that you like you should be able to keep that. …under every scenario that I’ve seen, if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it.” (Sen. Shaheen, “Health Care Questions From Across New Hampshire,” Accessed 11/13/13)

SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-Mich.): “As someone who has a large number of large employers in my state, one of the things I appreciate about the Democrat chairman’s remark is — is the grandfathering provisions, the fact that the people in my state, 60 percent of whom have insurance, are going to be able to keep it. And Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that. That’s a strong commitment. It’s clear in the bill … I appreciate the strong commitment on your part and the president to make sure that if you have your insurance you can keep it. That’s the bottom line for me.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)

SEN. JON TESTER (D-Mont.): “‘If you like your coverage, you’ll be able to keep it,’ Tester said, adding that if Medicare changes, it will only become stronger”. (“Tester In Baker To Discuss Health Care,” The Fallon County Times, 11/20/09)

SEN. TOM UDALL (D-N.Mex.): “Some worried reform would alter their current coverage. It won’t. If you like your current plan, you can keep it.” (“What I Learned: About Health Care Reform This Summer, By Your Lawmakers In Congress,” Albuquerque Journal, 9/8/09)

10 posted on 02/01/2014 4:30:04 AM PST by Liz
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To: Balding_Eagle

It’s like one of the 3 stooges ( Curly I think) saying “I was a victim of circumstance!”


11 posted on 02/01/2014 4:31:25 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: All

“He’s not a liar, he’s just stupid”

He’s both.


12 posted on 02/01/2014 4:33:16 AM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("It's not a good time for me right now" -- http://therealwendy.com/)
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To: Libloather
A little perspective: Suppose the insurance companies had made the claims that you can keep your plan and keep your doctor while saving $2,500 a year. If they had made those claims they would be facing law suits and a federal grand jury.

Obama makes those claims and it's an unfortunate choice of words.

I'm of the opinion that the Obamacare lies are grounds for impeachment.

13 posted on 02/01/2014 4:36:03 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Libloather

Valarie Jarrett lied, he was the most intelligent man she ever met who could multi task many things all at the same time


14 posted on 02/01/2014 4:37:11 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: Libloather

15 posted on 02/01/2014 4:39:37 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Liz

keep that list Liz...it’ll come in handy come November


16 posted on 02/01/2014 4:41:29 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: newfreep

Y’all are thinking of Jon Lovitz, who now runs a comedy club at Universal Citywalk in LA — although I know you’re joking.

A comedian writing Zero’s speeches does make sense, though.


17 posted on 02/01/2014 4:41:34 AM PST by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: Senator_Blutarski

While we’re impeaching the bastid, let’s “impeach” all of his dim cohorts who repeated the lie……………...


18 posted on 02/01/2014 4:43:31 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Moonmad27; newfreep
"Barry Flanagan"

We might have a winner...

19 posted on 02/01/2014 4:44:03 AM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Libloather

They all knew. It was in the lefts to do list for years.


20 posted on 02/01/2014 4:46:37 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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