Obama administration--Home of the whopper, and big f****** deal
Image via WikipediaByron York:
Barack Obama is only halfway through his term, but it's not too early to ask: What is the biggest whopper he has told as president? So far, the hands-down winner is:There is much more.
"No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what."
Obama made that particular pledge in a speech to the American Medical Association in June 2009, but he said the same thing, with slight variations, dozens of times during the health care debate. And now, exactly eight months after he signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, we're seeing just how empty the president's promise was.
He also made this promise in the 2008 campaign. One of the first bills the Republicans should send to him is an amendment to the health care bill that says "Notwithstanding anything else in this bill to the contrary, a patient may not be required to change their health care plan or their doctor." Send that up for him to sign or veto.