The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “GOP: Obama LIED about health insurance law” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/gop-obama-lied-health-insurance-law-212530233.html).
“President Obama acknowledges that he was wrong when he said Americans could keep their existing health plans under the He’s apologized and he’s told insurance companies they should let people keep those plans for a year”. Of course for Republicans Obama “(acknowledging) that he was wrong” and “apologizing” ISN’T enough.
“On Saturday (November 16, 2013), their DESIGNATED ATTACKER (Sen. RON JOHNSON) as much as said Obama lied when he repeatedly assured the public”, “IF YOU LIKE YOUR DOCTOR, you will be able to KEEP YOUR DOCTOR. Period. If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to KEEP YOUR HEALTHCARE PLAN.Period. NO ONE WILL TAKE IT AWAY. NO MATTER WHAT”. Did the President “lie” or FAIL TO DELIVER ON HIS PROMISE here/when he said this?
“Among the phrases used by Sen. Ron Johnson (R) of Wisconsin in the weekly GOP radio and Internet address : “PHONY…FRAUDULENT…GRAND DECEPTION…FALSE PROMISES”. “phony” reminds us of HOLDEN CAULFIELD in “Catcher in the Rye”. In this novel, Caulfield calls VIRTUALLY EVERYONE he comes into contact with “phony”. We also have to wonder how Sen. Johnson feels about his title as the GOP’s “designated attacker?”
More specifically, Sen. Johnson said: “President Obama’s so-called apology was as PHONY as his FRAUDULENT marketing of Obamacare”. It’s as if Republicans AREN’T ”fraudulent”. Of course, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Also, “phony” sounds like HOLDEN CAULFIELD in “Catcher in the Rye”, which is NOT a good comparison. ”Those assurances weren’t slight exaggerations or innocent shadings of the truth. They were statements that were FULLY VETTED, COLDLY CALCULATED and CAREFULLY CRAFTED to DECEPTIVELY sell your health care plan to a trusting public”. It’s as if the GOP ISN’T ”coldly calculating” and have NEVER ”crafted” nor “deceived”. Again, of course, as we know, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. “It was a POLITICAL FRAUD echoed relentlessly by House and Senate Democrats who should be HELD ACCOUNTABLE for the DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES of their GRAND DECEPTION”. It’s as if the GOP IS “accountable”, Republicans ARE NOT a “disaster” and have NEVER ”deceived” ANYONE. Again, of course, as we know, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. “Consumer fraud this massive in the private sector could – and should – BEAR SERIOUS LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS”. Johnson ISN’T saying this when he sees “fraud” within THE GOP. THIS IS HYPOCRITICAL. “For President Obama, however, it helped secure enough votes to pass Obamacare and (most importantly), WIN RE-ELECTION”.
“Asked whether Obama “KNOWINGLY deceived the public when he said that if people liked their health insurance plans they would be able to keep them under the 2010 health care law”, 46 percent of respondents in the latest Quinnipiac University National Poll say “yes,” including 17percent of Democrats and 51 percent of INDEPENDENTS. (Forty-seven percent say “no.”). “Independents” are TROUBLING just like in 2010.
“A new Fox News poll came up with similar results: half of those surveyed believe the president KNOWINGLY lied when he made the NOTORIOUS“you can keep it” pledge, nearly 60 percent believe the administration KNEW AHEAD OF TIME that people would have their health insurance policies canceled because of the law and 55 percent think (that) the White House has “TRIED TO DECEIVE” people about it”. The “you can keep it” pledge IS INDEED “notorious”, these numbers are indeed troubling and “tried to deceive” is DEEPLY DISTURBING. However, once again, we have to wonder/pose the question: can we trust FOX News?
According to Rep. Greg Walden (R) of Oregon, “who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)”, “There’s nothing more damaging than when YOUR WORD IS DEVALUED and people think they were MISLED. And especially damaging is when it actually affects you and your family. So, in terms of degree of impact, this is OFF THE RICHTER SCALE“. It’s as if WALDEN‘s “word” HAS NEVER BEEN ”devalued” andWALDEN has NEVER ”misled” others. Again, of course, as we know, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Walden is the GOP’s ‘campaigner-in-chief’.
Finally, “In his address, Obama talked about ENERGY POLICY“. “Just this week, we learned that for the first time in nearly two decades, the United States of America now produces MORE of our own oil here at home than we buy from other countries. That’s a BIG deal. That’s a TREMENDOUS step towards American ENERGY INDEPENDENCE”. The President knows that healthcare reform is now officially A MESS, so he’s moving onto other issues/trying to DIVERT ATTENTION from this MESS.
So, THE ASSAULT on Obama’s healthcare law continues and he’s just TRYING TO WEATHER THIS STORM. This is the President’s SECOND test of his second term after THE FIRST GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN SINCE 1995.