President Barack Obama has won a Washington Post award for being one of the "Biggest Pinocchios of 2013" for his statement about the Affordable Care Act: "If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it."
"First of all, it was a very substantive promise that was made repeatedly over the course of many years," Glenn Kessler, author of "The Fact Checker" blog in The Post, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"Secondly, the fact the promise could not be kept was a direct consequence of a very early cutoff date for grandfathering plans, which the administration put into the law, and also then the tight regulations that the administration wrote for the grandfathering rules," Kessler said Wednesday.
"The two things together really made it a bad promise to have made in the first place."
After the president made his claim, millions of healthcare policies started being canceled because they did not meet the standards of the ACA.
Kessler said Obama's claim was made for a distinct political reason.
"They were trying to avoid the problems that the Clintons had when they tried to do their healthcare overhaul, and that was people were afraid of losing their plans," he said.
"You can kind of see why they might do that, but at some point you're going to have to kind of readjust expectations or say, gee, we've now discovered we can't really live up to this. But they never did that."
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