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Obama's 'Like It, Keep It' Healthcare Promise Voted Lie of Year

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Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 10:26 PM

By Cathy Burke

President Obama's "catchy political pitch" promising Americans "If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it" was voted Lie of the Year in an online survey released Thursday.

Fifty-nine percent of the 14,278 votes in the annual PolitiFact survey picked the sketchy vow Obama repeatedly made about his signature health care law — even as millions lost coverage because the plans they liked didn't meet Obamacare standards, the fact-checking organization reported.

"It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system," PolitiFact commented. "But the promise was impossible to keep."

ObamaCare: You Can Win With The Facts

The president finally admitted to his whopper last month, and his administration has been scrambling to make the fix the cancellation mess, and other botches, including the dysfunctional HealthCare.gov website, ever since.

PolitiFact, a joint Tampa Bay Times and Congressional Quarterly project, gave the dubious award in 2012 to Mitt Romney's campaign ad that claimed Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China.

The 2011 Lie of the Year went to Democrats for saying Republicans voted to end Medicare.

All of the top four big lie winners concerned Obamacare, though they garnered far less votes than Obama's tall one, the survey showed.

They were: Sen. Ted Cruz, with 8 percent of the votes, for saying Obama gave all of Congress an exception to Obamacare; Michelle Bachman, with 7 percent, for claiming the IRS would keep a database of Obamacare health secrets; and Ann Coulter, also with 7 percent, for saying no U.S.-trained doctors will accept Obamacare.

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