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White House Admits Obama isn't Telling the Whole Truth about his Health Care Plan

Over and over again, Barack Obama has told us about his health care plans that if you like your current health care plan that you can keep it. But today, the White House admits that that is not the entire truth. From the Associated Press (Emphasis mine):

Earlier this week, a preliminary analysis by Congressional Budget Office estimated that 10 million people would have to seek new insurance under a Democratic plan that a Senate committee is working on, because their employers would no longer offer coverage. Those workers and their families would shop for a plan through new insurance purchasing pools called exchanges. About 160 million to 170 million people now get employer coverage.

Though the impact seems small, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said the budget office analysis shows the legislation "fails to deliver" on Obama's promise.

Republicans seized on the issue Friday. "Once the bill is finished, tens of millions more could also be forced to lose coverage," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Obama's opponent in last year's presidential election, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, declared: "I don't believe this is a promise the president can keep."

Neutral observers are also skeptical. Dallas Salisbury, head of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, called Obama's promise "an aspirational statement."

"If he was a king, he would deliver that, but he's not king," said Salisbury. His group is a nonpartisan information clearinghouse on health and pension benefits.

White House officials suggest the president's rhetoric shouldn't be taken literally: What Obama really means is that government isn't about to barge in and force people to change insurance.

No, the government won't barge in and force Americans to switch plans, but their hands will be forced because, as I said in my AIP column, many employers will use a government option as an opportunity to off load their health care costs by telling their employees to go on the public plan. The Obama Administration may not barge in and force them, but the result will be the same: they still will feel forced to change from a good insurance plan to a lousy, government controlled one.

Update: Michelle Malkin calls this Obama's Emily Litella moment.


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Comments (12)

White House officials su... (Below threshold)

White House officials suggest the president's rhetoric shouldn't be taken literally

If only they'd admitted this a year ago.

"White House officials sugg... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"White House officials suggest the president's rhetoric shouldn't be taken literally"

This is an amazing statement from the White House. In essence, don't listen to the man behind the curtain. He may not mean what he says.

Are you kidding me?

What kind of leadership is this?

"What kind of leadership... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"What kind of leadership is this?"

Crappy.

Hope and change, baby - hope and change!

Hope there won't be change that can't be undone in the next few years!

When was the last time a la... (Below threshold)

When was the last time a large government program went away JL? In other words, it's too late, or will be by 2010, which is why they're in such a damned hurry to do everything on their wish list RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW!!!

WTF???!!!! Statements by t... (Below threshold)
timajin:

WTF???!!!! Statements by the president shouldn't be "taken literally" is a damning thing for "White House officials" to say. I've never believed one thing this president has said in one of his speeches, but now it's confirmed that we should not believe anything he ever says. Will some fargin' icehole in the fargin' media PLEASE ask that idiot Gibbs "what does that mean?" What does it mean that his words should not be taken literally. The POTUS has a responsibility to serve with honesty and integrity, yet behaves as though it's all just a game.

And if the media EVER asks him a question about half-truths or blatant BS, I know what his answer will be..."Nah, that didn't count. I had my fingers/toes/eyes/wires crossed". He doesn't care about you and me. He doesn't care what we think. He doesn't care about us at all? We're just pawns to him.

Welcome to Hope-n-Change!!

GLOD (Give Liberty or Death, join today)

Let's be honest...The count... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Let's be honest...The country is not behind this radical change. We can't afford it. We have 244 million of the 300 million people using the current system. Can loop holes be fixed, ya. But what these fools are moving forward with is not good for America, Americans and our liberties... However saying that... if they do force this down the countries thoat... they will regret it FOR YEARS! They will wear this like a badge of disgrace like what the welfare system has become! Except this one will be forged in the minds of present Americans for a LONG TIME!!!

Judging by His performance ... (Below threshold)
914:

Judging by His performance so far I will take their word on this one for a change. He should not be taken literally. Everything He does is a scam of one kind or another.

"White House Admits Obama i... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"White House Admits Obama isn't Telling the Whole Truth"

About time. Too bad they won't start making a list starting from his first day on the campaign trail.

White House offici... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
White House officials suggest the president's rhetoric shouldn't be taken literally:

Anyone who's been around the block a few times knows this is common when campaign B.S. meets reality. That's why candidates full of B.S. target young voters who haven't yet learned the difference between B.S. and realistic promises.

re: 9Mac, there's ... (Below threshold)
epador:

re: 9

Mac, there's a plurality of aging hippies out here collecting SSI and pensions that also meet your criteria.

The mainstream media wouldn... (Below threshold)

The mainstream media wouldn't do it. So we are trying to get your important messages to the American people. 51 This post is a suggested read at, http://aresay.blogspot.com/

Candor from a democrat on h... (Below threshold)
doxin:

Candor from a democrat on health care? That's tantamount to ignoring the influence of ATLA, as witness the about-face on award caps for noneconomic damages. Never mind the dramatic downturn in frivolous lawsuits wherever they were instituted; if ATLA opposes it, forget it. Gov't insurance might be OK if a Medicare-for-all program takes off, bearing in mind the option of private insurance (as in Canada & UK). But note how electronic medical records never materialized, despite $19B set aside.




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