Politifact just awarded President Obama’s “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it” statement their “Lie of the Year.” It really should make a run as the biggest lie in the history of this or any other administration.
But President Obama wasn’t the only one spreading this lie, many Democrats were on board as well. New York’s Tim Bishop carried this statement on his House website for some time, a message to his constituents:
“A central feature of reform will be preserving the freedom to choose what works best for you and your family—if you like your doctor, keep your doctor. If you like your current plan, keep your current plan.”
Tim didn’t need to travel far to learn that he, by repeating a lie, was lying himself. After all, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stated that nobody could claim they were misled, because “we all knew” he was lying.
From the NYGOP:
Politifact has just released the “Lie of the Year.” To no one’s surprise, the dubious honor goes to President Obama’s promise that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
Barack Obama sold a false bill of goods to the American people when he forced Obamacare through Congress in 2010. But he couldn’t have done it alone.
Obama was aided and abetted by Congressional Democrats, including New York’s own Tim Bishop, who made the exact same promise in a letter to his constituents in 2009.
“Tim Bishop betrayed his constituents by marching in lockstep with the Obama administration to pass a healthcare bill that nobody asked for and nobody wanted,” said NYGOP Chair Ed Cox.
“The lie he told Long Islanders is costing many of them their healthcare plans. In November, it will cost Tim Bishop his job. Lee Zeldin has an exemplary record of fighting for taxpayers and Long Island families. After next November, New York’s First Congressional District will finally have a representative that puts people above politics.”
If Obama’s statement is considered the “Lie of the Year” does that make Democrats who parroted the sentiment Liars of the Year?