Remember what happened to George H.W. Bush when he made that pledge, “Read my lips. No new taxes,” and then he proceeded to make a deal with Congress to do just that?
Or how about that embarrassing little fabrication in the middle of the Monica Lewinsky scandal when Bill Clinton wagged his finger at the camera and proclaimed, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky . . . . These allegations are false.” Clinton might have just gotten away with that one if Miss Lewinsky wasn’t the sentimental type and decided to save a certain blue dress as a souvenir from one particularly amorous outing with POTUS.
Now we have Obama’s whopper which he repeated in various forms throughout the several years leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act and into his reelection campaign.
It goes as follows, “If you like your health plan, you will keep your health insurance.”
NBC is reporting today that Obama knew all along that wasn’t true, but he just kept repeating it. Clearly, this was Obama’s big fib (I hesitate to call it a “lie” because that might be interpreted as some form of hate speech and I feel nothing but love in my heart for the president and the federal government which he currently controls . . .okay, that is a lie, but I certainly don’t hate anyone).
A couple of things separate Obama’s “inaccurate statement” from Bush and Clinton. In Bush’s case, he said it before he’d been reelected. That really came back to bite him later.
It’s different from Clinton’s lie, too. In Clinton’s case, he stood a fairly good chance that as long as his paramour kept quiet, no one could ever pin the truth on him. As noted previously, however, the facts betrayed him.
In Obama’s case, he had every reason to know that eventually he’d be found out. That’s why all the dates for implementation of this law were set for AFTER his reelection. This was no scheduling accident.
The problem Obama faces now is that you can only kick the implementation can so far down the road before the law is truly tested by the people. I say “truly tested” because despite what the press wants you to believe, the only real electoral test the ACA ever faced was in the 2010 midterm elections when the Tea Party came into existence, in part, to challenge ObamaCare.
The 2012 presidential election wasn’t a referendum on ObamaCare. It never could be since the GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, was the father of a distant cousin of this law, RomneyCare in Massachusetts. Given that, he wasn’t in the best position to stand up with a forceful challenge against it.
Now we’re headed into the 2014 midterm election cycle. Obama has already put off one electoral disaster connected to this law by extending implementation of the employer mandate for one year. He hopes that will avoid electoral unpleasantness since that likely delays many American workers who receive their insurance through their companies from getting health care termination notices or finding their hours reduced to below 30 just prior to the next election.
Since Obama refuses to extend the individual mandate for another year, however, that part of the law will be tested by voters.
Let’s hope many of these voters share the sentiment of the woman who wrote the president of Anthem Blue Cross in California a letter with the following, “I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it.”
As I always tell my children, it never pays to lie. You always get caught in the end.
Now that he’s been found out, let’s see how Obama’s little “fib” works out for his party in 2014.