Here’s hoping the Obamacare policy covering the president has, to use a Washington insider word, "robust" mental health coverage, because it looks like President Obama’s going to need it.
On Monday the president denied saying, “If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan, period.” during a speech he made to a gathering of his devotees at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Unfortunately for him, The Daily Caller has researched the issue and found at least 29 videotapes that have Obama saying those very words. This is the problem with building your administration on poll- and focus group- tested buzzwords and phrases; it helps if the phrases that test well are also true.
I’m no psychiatrist, but I would estimate it’s going to take more than the six visits to a counselor covered in the "Bronze" plan to eliminate this delusion on Obama’s part.
The president is now claiming he said, “What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” a phrase completely absent from the 29 tapes. Possibly those words were on the teleprompter, along with a few excerpts from the 10,000 or so pages of Obamacare regulations, but the 21st century’s foremost practitioner of teleprompter emoting failed to read them.
In fact, he failed to read them 29 consecutive times. I think a more credible explanation is the phrase is as imaginary as unicorns and global warming.
Obama goes on to rationalize, “If we had allowed these old plans [to continue] . . . then we would have broken an even more important promise — making sure that Americans gain access to healthcare that doesn’t leave them one illness away from financial ruin.”
What he’s saying is, Americans are too stupid to buy their own insurance. The same people he’s perfectly happy to allow to choose an abortion before they are old enough to drink, can’t figure out an insurance policy to buy at any age before Medicare. They are smart enough to buy a house or a car, but not health insurance.
On top of that, insurance regulators in 50 states were in cahoots with these healthcare buccaneers pushing substandard health insurance off on unwary Americans. But now the same administration that approved the Solyndra loans and the "HealthCare.dud" design is on our side!
When President Johnson was caught in the web of his own lies, the media coined the phrase “credibility gap” to describe the distance between what LBJ was telling the public and the truth. Maybe with Obama the phrase will morph into the “reality gap.”
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