Senator Dick Durbin Lies With Impunity

Senator Dick Durbin is at it again, lying through his teeth, this time about Obamacare. On Sunday’s Meet The Press, Illinois Democrat Durbin made the wild-eyed claim that ten million Americans found new health insurance thanks to Obamacare. He also claimed that Obamacare would lower the deficit. But even the Washington Post gave its worst rating to Durbin’s lies.

As the discussion shifted to healthcare during the Feb. 5 broadcast, host Bob Schieffer lamented that Obamacare is still confusing everyone and asked Durbin if there is “any hope of getting it straightened out”?

Durbin lied with his very first words.

“Bob, let’s look at the bottom line. The bottom line is this. Ten million Americans have health insurance today who would not have had it without the Affordable Care Act–10 million.”

Then he lied about the deficit:

“And we can also say this. It is going to reduce the deficit more than we thought it would. We were seeing a decline in the growth of the cost of health care, exactly our goal in passing this original legislation.”

And then this snake-tongued liar gave his sales pitch:

I’m finding people, as I go across Illinois, who, for the first time in their lives, have an opportunity for affordable health insurance for their families. Now, there are many republicans who are wishing that this fails, hoping they can find any shred of evidence against it. But we had a bad rollout. Let’s concede that point. Since then, we are gaining steam. And I think, ultimately, we’re going to find you can’t go back. You have to extend the health insurance protection to the 25 million, 30 million Americans who will ultimately have it, and we’ll be a better nation for it.

Nearly every word of this is a lie.

To start with, the recent CBO report did not in any way say that Obamacare would bring down the deficit. On the contrary, the report said that the deficit will rise uncontrollably after 2015.

As to the millions that Durbin claimed have gotten new healthcare coverage, the Post fact checker noted, “Durbin appears to be combining two figures released by the administration,” and neither number is true.

The paper points out that the number pushed by the White House, that 6.3 million have gotten new insurance under Obamacare, is impossible to substantiate because there is no way to know if those that tried to sign up actually got an insurance policy and began paying premiums. The White House is making claims that it simply cannot prove and Durbin parroted these empty claims.

The paper went on to say that about all one can say about the number of people who have signed up and gotten new health insurance can amount to no more than 4 million and even that estimate is being “extraordinarily generous.”

In conclusion, the Post criticizes Durbin saying he “has little excuse for going on national television and claiming that every one of these people had been previously uninsured. This has now become a Four Pinocchio violation.”

Senator Durbin, however, is undaunted in his outlandish claims. After the Washington Post published its fact check, his office replied to the criticism. Durbin disagrees with the Post and said, “Fact check after fact check has confirmed that more than 9 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage through Affordable Care Act. Many of the more than 9 million Americans are being covered for the first time. No matter the number of new enrollees, there is no question that the law is working and millions of people are realizing the benefits of affordable health coverage and the protections it guarantees.”

In reply, the paper noted that it is “unaware of any fact checks that have confirmed these figures as all ACA enrollments or evidence that ‘many’ of the enrollees are being covered for the first time.”

This is the same Senator who was caught lying in an email to supporters, a lie he sorta, kinda apologized for.

Back in October, Durbin claimed that one Republican told Obama that he “can’t even stand to look at” him in a meeting because: raaaacism!!

Of course, this claim of the thorough, racist dissing that Republicans delivered to Obama in a face-to-face meeting turned out to be a lie. But that didn’t stop Durbin from trying to use the lie to raise money in an email to supporters.

This is the same scumbag Senator that said our soldiers are Nazis.

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  • TheRealMojo

    Ah, but “The Outfit” in Chicago loves him.

  • Hank_M

    Do you realize how many different democrats you could have used for an article like this? And that, I think is the point. The democrats from Obama on down, all lie so often, so convincingly, so consistently. But then, they don’t have a media ready to expose them. And as we saw with the O’Reilly superbowl interview, conservatives seem afraid to call them out.

    So why not?

    Besides, it’s the only way they have to further their agenda.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Chicago politics. If they’re not lying they’re not breathing. In the latter event they’re still voting. We’re about a decade or so away (perhaps less) from being a full-fledged banana republic.

    • 914

      These 2 are already there.

      • jim_m

        If you call this racist you are just being insensitive and intolerant of Russian culture.

  • GarandFan

    Hi! My name is Dicky Durbin! Watch me pull a number out of my ass!

  • Walter_Cronanty

    I know this is off topic, but note this new Obamacare regulation – and if you are a business owner, be careful about your thoughts: “It’s been a bad week for Obamacare. Incredibly, the White House has had to grant yet another delay in the employer mandate….And the fine print of the latest announcement from the Administration is worse than the terrible headlines. This rule includes a provision that says you have to have the right motives for having a certain number of employees to be in compliance with Obamacare. Bear with me, that’s right: You must certify to the IRS – under the threat of perjury – that the reasons for your employee head count have nothing to do with your opposition to or avoidance of Obamacare. This president doesn’t just selectively enforce the law as he sees fit; now he is actually inventing new crimes. It’s jaw-dropping that if you fall below 100 employees, the burden will be on you to prove that you meant no disrespect to Obamacare.”

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Sorry to reply to my own off-topic post, but this latest edict from Emperor Obama just irks the hell out me. Isn’t it lawful to adjust your activities to avoid taxes? In fact, isn’t that the point of some taxes – to change behavior [pardon me while I go have a smoke]? Haven’t Obamacare’s various and sundry taxes been determined to be, in fact, taxes?

      Now, business owners face perjury charges for doing what everyone’s been doing since taxes were invented:

      Is the latest delay of ObamaCare regulations politically motivated? Consider what administration officials announcing the new exemption for medium-sized employers had to say about firms that might fire workers to get under the threshold and avoid hugely expensive new requirements of the law. Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions. To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise not to say so.”

      [“That’s the good thing about being president. I can do whatever I want.” – President Obama joking about getting a restricted-access tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.]”
      EDIT – Forgot the linky –

      • Hank_M

        Agreed and it’s really unbelievable.
        Sure would have been nice if someone had read the bill before
        voting on it.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          He is doing this to silence critics. You won’t read any more stories based on business owners saying they laid people off/cut hours because of Obamacare. If they say such things, they’ll be prosecuted for perjury.
          You won’t read any more stories from various news outlets/think tanks about how many jobs Obamacare has caused to be lost. Some Obama flack can state: “That didn’t happen – I have umpty-ump sworn statements that Obamacare had no effect on staffing.”
          This is the most thuggish, partisan, ruthless, anti-free speech administration in my memory. Their “Uncle Joe” Stalin would be proud.
          The Obama Administration – Using the IRS to silence critics since 2009.

  • jim_m

    Durbin has a point about our soldiers being Nazi’s. That IS the kind of regime they serve currently.

  • Par4Course

    Isn’t the ability to lie with impunity a requirement to become a member of the Democrat Congressional leadership? With DD’s ability to lie, it’s surprising he’s not running for President.

  • Vagabond661

    If it’s doing so much good, why delay? Full implementation and revoke all waivers! If the deficit went down with partial implementation, just imagine how great it will be with full implementation!

  • Durbin is a queer that wants in Obammie’s pants. Looks like he has them on in the picture. Piss ant little twerp bastard that is petered out.

  • alanstorm

    “Dick” Durbin – working hard every day to earn that nickname!

  • Walter_Cronanty

    10m? From today’s Obama-friendly NBC news: “A total of 3,299,492 had enrolled in Obamacare plans as of Feb. 1, according to HHS.”

    • jim_m

      As we know from past experience those are usually not people enrolled but people that have had plans quoted to them.

    • Jwb10001

      I just saw a report today that 10 gazzillion people have now signed up and insurance rates have dropped to 50 cents a month. According to the Durbin/Democrat pull the numbers from my ass report, and daily US Nazi Army times.

  • sharonhansen209

    I want to stop Dick Durbin and Jim Oberweis. Visit my campaign website and support the candidate that puts our freedom as my number 1 goal. I want to help repeal all the unconstitutional “laws” this administration and Congress has given us. America is supposed to be a free country. It no longer is. We need to take back our country by electing regular Americans stepping up in 2014. I’m not the only one. I have no political connections except to the Libertarian party. I have no dark past or criminal friends. I just want my grandchildren to grow up in a free America.