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Jonah Goldberg: Obama health lie freaks Dems
« on: November 05, 2013, 02:44:21 PM »
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Jonah Goldberg: Obama health lie freaks Dems
 USATODAY 10:48 a.m. EST November 5, 2013
Liberals seek refuge over president's vow that you could 'keep your health care plan.'

Many of the president's supporters are in barely concealed panic over the fact that he didn't tell the truth when he was selling the Affordable Care Act.

In an oft-repeated vow, he told the country that "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."

This was, by any common-sense measure, a lie. It was a lie because President Obama understood that one of the central aims of the Affordable Care Act was to squeeze out the individual insurance market (and the small business market), forcing those Americans on to the HealthCare.gov exchanges. You can't force people out of one insurance product and into another while simultaneously letting them keep their plan. That'd be like a car salesman promising a great price on a new vehicle if you trade in your old one, while still promising you can keep your old car.

This simple fact of logic is causing many liberals to flee for what they believe are rhetorical safe harbors.

The first refuge is that he was simply being "unclear." The "White House could have been clearer in laying the groundwork for this political argument," writesThe Washington Post's Greg Sargent. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., says, "I think we should have been more precise." The New York Times'Editorial Board says, "Obama clearly misspoke when he said that."

In most dictionaries, misspeaking is defined as a slip of the tongue. Is it really misspeaking when the president repeats a poll-tested pledge dozens of times, often reading from prepared remarks on his teleprompter, straight into the camera? Is it really a slip of the tongue when the White House puts out videos and talking points centered on this false claim?

Told truth 'unclearly'?

Obama wasn't telling the truth unclearly; he was telling a falsehood very clearly. When he said "no matter what," it even left the impression that, if in some unforeseen way the law did cause people to lose their plan, he would remedy the situation. (If that were so, the White House would support congressional efforts to let people keep their plans.) The "period" in "you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period" means no ifs ands or buts. Now we are getting a barrage of "buts."

The most popular is, "Yes, people are losing their plans, but they're getting better ones." The New York Times and the president have embraced this line. But even that isn't necessarily true.

Some people already know they don't think the new plans are better. In many cases, they're more expensive with higher deductibles and stiffer co-pays. Better for the consumer and better for bureaucrats or progressive social planners don't always mean the same thing.

Even if turns out to be true, as Obama insisted in Boston last week, that the majority of Americans will get better coverage than they had before, that's no rebuttal to the charge the president lied.

Here's an analogy

If a landlord promises you can keep your dog when you move into an apartment, but then after you sign the lease he takes your dog and replaces it with a stuffed one, he wasn't telling you the truth. The landlord's view that the new dog is better ("No mess! No noise!") is utterly irrelevant to the question of whether the landlord lied — and it doesn't make you a fool for preferring your old dog, either.

It's good that liberal supporters of the law admit that what the president said wasn't true, even if they can't bring themselves to call the president a liar. But they might want to think a bit about the standard they are establishing.

Do they really want to say it's OK for presidents to lie if it is for a good cause? Surely, some presidential lies are painfully necessary. (Franklin Rooevelt lied quite a bit in the lead up to World War II.) But Obama's lies (including his promises that the Affordable Care Act would "bend the cost curve" down and that the average family would save $2,500 a year in health care costs) were in the service of partisan legislation that has never been popular.

Many liberals forgive Obama for his noble lie. I doubt they'd be as forgiving if a Republican president similarly lied to impose a unpopular partisan agenda.

Jonah Goldberg, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and National Review contributing editor, is author of The Tyranny of Clichés, now out in paperback. He is also a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors.

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Re: Jonah Goldberg: Obama health lie freaks Dems
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 03:25:35 PM »
They should be required to allocute prior to any change in vote as to what they received in exchange for their vote.  Do not make it easy on them.
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.

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Re: Jonah Goldberg: Obama health lie freaks Dems
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 03:38:25 PM »
In sales, it's called the "bait-and-switch":

1. Reel in the prospect with an attractive-sounding pitch for a product or service that seems too good to be true.

2. Be sure to define the product's features and benefits in nebulous terms, the indistinct quality of which will not become evident until later.

3. Once the ink is dry on the contract, the new owner soon discovers those little specks of "fine print" that make what he bought something other than what he thought he was buying.

Caveat emptor, bitchez.

For those of you who are interested or might have missed it, here's my take on the whole unseemly matter:

http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,118917.msg481531.html#msg481531
Liberalism isn't really about making the world a better place. It's about reassuring the elites that they are good people for wanting to rule over it.

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Re: Jonah Goldberg: Obama health lie freaks Dems
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2013, 04:00:09 PM »
In sales, it's called the "bait-and-switch":

1. Reel in the prospect with an attractive-sounding pitch for a product or service that seems too good to be true.

2. Be sure to define the product's features and benefits in nebulous terms, the indistinct quality of which will not become evident until later.

3. Once the ink is dry on the contract, the new owner soon discovers those little specks of "fine print" that make what he bought something other than what he thought he was buying.

Caveat emptor, bitchez.

For those of you who are interested or might have missed it, here's my take on the whole unseemly matter:

http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,118917.msg481531.html#msg481531


Your take was great.  How about a photoshop of big brother emanuel as smeagol?
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.


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