HOT BLAST: Factcheckers turn attention toward Obama's claim
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President Barack Obama is greeted by well-wishers as he arrives at Boston Logan Airport before going to Faneuil Hall to speak about the federal health care law Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama is greeted by well-wishers as he arrives at Boston Logan Airport before going to Faneuil Hall to speak about the federal health care law Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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The Washington Post's factchecker awarded President Obama four Pinocchios over his claim about keeping health coverage under Obamacare. Glenn Kessler writes:

The president’s pledge that “if you like your insurance, you will keep it” is one of the most memorable of his presidency. It was also an extraordinarily bold — and possibly foolish — pledge, unless he thought he simply could dictate exactly how the insurance industry must work. ...

The president’s statements were sweeping and unequivocal — and made both before and after the bill became law. The White House now cites technicalities to avoid admitting that he went too far in his repeated pledge, which, after all, is one of the most famous statements of his presidency.

The president’s promise apparently came with a very large caveat: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan — if we deem it to be adequate.”



For more, read Brendan Nyhan, How the media missed on coverage of Obama’s implausible healthcare promises.
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