In a scathing review yesterday, the nonpartisan PolitiFact named President Obama and Sen. Mark Udall’s frequent claim that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” the “Lie of the Year”.
“So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.
Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.
For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice.”
But President Obama wasn’t the only politician to repeat this big fat lie. Udall repeated this lie several times to Coloradans. In June 2009, Udall told The Coloradoan:
“I think it’s critical that if people have a doctor and a health plan they like, they should be able to keep it if they want to.”
Then, in September of that same year, he repeated it again when talking to Fox21:
“If you have an insurance policy you like, doctor or medical facility that provides medical services to you, you’ll be able to keep that doctor or that insurance policy.”
After a quarter of a million Coloradans lost their health insurance policies, Udall issued a half-apology for Obamacare’s imperfections last month – by blaming insurance companies:
“I share the concern that some health insurance companies are choosing to cancel thousands of Coloradans’ plans. That’s why my common-sense bill will allow Coloradans the option to keep their current coverage if they want or to purchase new plans through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace that may better meet their health care needs.”
It was the “lie of the year” and it was disseminated by Udall. C’mon, even Obama took responsibility for his whopper by saying, “And I am sorry that [those with cancelled policies] are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.” When do Coloradans get get the same from Udall?