President Obama Wednesday sought to revamp his oft-repeated false statement that those who like their insurance plans could keep it under Obamacare, suggesting he had caveated it a way that would make it true.
Obama, who spoke at an event in Boston at which he defended Obamacare, suggested he had previously explained that he was referring only to those who had a plan before Obamacare was signed in March 2010. Millions of people whose plans were changed in some way after the law was signed or who got new ones since then will, under Obamacare, lose the plan they currently have.
But the president actually had repeatedly made emphatic, uncaveated statements such as “If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan, period.” And he continued to make such statements after the law was signed.
Here’s what he said in Boston:
If you had one of these substandard plans before the Affordable Care Act became law, and you really liked that plan, you were able to keep it. That’s what I said when I was running for office. That’s part of the promise that we made.
But ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans, what we said under the law is that you’ve got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage, because that too was a central premise of the Affordable Care Act, from the very beginning.
Let’s go to the videotape.