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Obama Lied About Obamacare, Now Wants Political Lying to Be Legal.

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SUMMARY:

Obamacare fails to come close to meeting candidate Obama's promises:

Mr. Obama never even tried to fulfill on them; he was opposed to them.

Obama now openly supports legalizing lying during political campaigns.

Gallup poll published on April 16th finds that about 5 out of every 6 Americans who had no health insurance before Obamacare, still do not have health insurance.

At the time when President Obama was merely Senator Obama running to win the White House, there were 46 million healthcare uninsureds. During his Presidential campaign, he promised to eliminate 100% of that number of uninsureds: He said that he would be "making health insurance universal." Once he won the White House and was starting his Presidency, he was promising to cut 31 million off that number, which still would bring it down 67%. But instead, the health insurance plan that he initiated and signed into law has brought this number down only around 16%, and though the impact of the despicable and largely even racist Republican intransigence against Obama has accounted for a portion of that failure, the vast majority of this shortfall in the drop in the size of the uninsured population is due entirely to Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, itself. Whereas in states that had Republican control and where Obamacare's Medicaid-expansion was rejected by the state's governor, the decline in uninsureds was only around 4%, the states that had Democratic control and where the governor accepted the Medicaid-expansion experienced a decline in uninsureds of around 16% (which though much better was still far short of President Obama's promised 67% decline, or of candidate Obama's promised decline of 100% on which he had won the White House); so, even in the states that didn't do anything to block Obamacare, the decline in uninsureds fell far short of Obama's promised 67% decline in that number, when Obama first entered the White House. 

At all periods throughout his campaign and subsequent Presidency, Obama was lying about the plan that he would propose to Congress, and about the plan that he would enact into law. Even his initial bargaining position with congressional Republicans started without including some important things that he had been campaigning on as promises to the American people, such as universal coverage, and such as universal availability of a public insurance option in the healthcare exchanges. Furthermore, his campaign language regarding the "public option" was cagily phrased so that after the earliest phase of his Democratic primary campaign against Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, it became essentially meaningless to anyone who examined it carefully: things like that were lies from him even very early on, and he contradicted himself on them when challenged on them by the few reporters who tried to dig beneath the surface. 

This Gallup poll on 16 April 2014 headlines "Uninsured Rate Drops More in States Embracing Health Law," and it reports that in Republican-controlled states, the "% Uninsured, 2013" was 18.7%, and that it went down by only 0.8% to 17.9%. It also reports that the experience in Democratic-controlled states was that their "% Uninsured, 2013" was 16.1%, and that it went down by 2.5% to 13.6%. Thus, though Republican governors tried to keep as many of the uninsureds from being insured as possible, they weren't able to block completely a decline in uninsureds. Meanwhile, Democratic governors, almost all of whom did everything that they could to help bring down the number of uninsureds by getting signups to Obamacare and new enrollees to Medicaid, were able to reduce the number of uninsureds only down from an initial 16.1%, to 13.6% after the law was fully in force in their states.

Regarding the public option, or inclusion of an option for each American to choose a government-run insurance plan, that lie from Obama was rather fully documented by an anonymous blogger who headlined on 22 December 2009, "President Obama: 'I Didn't Campaign on the Public Option'," where that lie from Obama was soundly and repeatedly exposed as being nothing but a lie. That blog-post had been precipitated by an interview with Obama that had just been published in the Washington Post headlining innocuously, "Obama Rejects Criticism on Health-Care Reform Legislation," where the reporter wrote "'I didn't campaign on the public option,' Obama said in the interview." If that report wasn't itself a lie, then the President's assertion certainly was. While it's true that Obama never even tried to get John Boehner or other Republicans to allow into the law a public option that the private insurance industry didn't want to be included in the law, and that he accepted their opposition to that, right up front at the beginning of his "negotiations" on the matter, instead of using it even as just a bargaining chip with them; he did, actually, and repeatedly, campaign on the public option; he simply and boldly lied there. The public option was something that was overwhelmingly popular among the American public (which is the reason why he had campaigned on it), but that he had no intention of actually delivering on. (Most polls showed support for the public option ranging from half to three-quarters of the American public who had an opinion on the matter. The health insurance companies didn't want it to be included; so, he didn't want it, either. It's one of the main reasons why he chose the conservative Max Baucus, instead of the liberal Ted Kennedy, to draft Obamacare.)

One of the crucial unlinked-to sources in the lengthy blog-post "President Obama: 'I Didn't Campaign on the Public Option'," was an Obama campaign document that (like virtually all of them) was soon removed from the Web because these promises by Obama were intended to be broken not fulfilled, and this document included the following statement, as copied here into a blog-post dated 30 May 2007, from very early in Obama's primary campaign against Hillary Clinton and John Edwards:

"Through the Exchange, any American will have the opportunity to enroll in the new public plan or purchase an approved private plan."

That blog-post from May 2007 opens by saying, "Senator Obama's long-anticipated healthcare plan has finally been released." The link provided there, to the then-Senator Obama's just-released plan, produces only a blank now, presumably because Obama doesn't want historians to have such an easy time tracking down the lies he had made while he was running for office. Of course, if he should subsequently decide that he doesn't any longer want to impede the ability of historians to nail down the frauds he made against the voting public, then one way for him to repent of them (if he even has a conscience at all) would be for him to place back up onto the Web the documents, such as that one, that expose his fraudulence. Of course, unless the United States descends into total dictatorship such as in Russia or other countries that never were democracies to begin with, historians will ultimately come to recognize, anyway, that Barack Obama lied about many things, some of which were crucial. Presumably, he is merely trying to delay -- not to prevent -- this historical recognition.

Also on April 16th, the AP headlines, "Court to Weigh Challenge to Ban on Campaign Lies," and reports that the Obama Administration is set to argue, before the U.S. Supreme Court, next week, that an Ohio law against lies in political campaigns should be overturned, because it supposedly violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and that any "credible threat of prosecution" for political lies would chill, instead of protect, "the very type of speech to which the First Amendment has its fullest and most urgent application." This news report asserts that "Groups across the political spectrum are criticizing the law as a restriction on the First Amendment right to free speech," and that P.J. O'Rourke, of the Republican Koch brothers' Cato Institute, was even "ridiculing the law and defending political smear tactics as a cornerstone of American democracy." So, President Obama is clearly with the Republican Party on that one.

Making light of political lies, or else asserting seriously that they're a "free speech right" protected in our Constitution, reflects hardcore rule by the aristocracy, against even the hope that American democracy will even be able to function going forward. President Obama is with the aristocrats on that. The President of "Hope" thus joins with the Republican Party against any hope for democracy in this country. The First Amendment is being converted into a dagger, being plunged into the heart of democracy itself.

This isn't to say that President Obama is necessarily the worst President the U.S. has ever had -- George W. Bush, Warren Harding, and a few others might have been even worse. But he's competing hard against James Buchanan, the most conservative and worst Democrat before Obama ever to have held the U.S. Presidency. Anyway, he's in the running; and decisions such as the Keystone XL Pipeline are yet to be made that will decide the matter with finality.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that (more...)
 
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So, not only does Obama sacrifice his presidency ... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:39:44 PM
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Well, as I said I agree that they should have don... by BFalcon on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:08:03 AM
people were so pushing for "something to be done ... by Charles Roll on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:27:09 PM
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I read the proposal too.I submit to you that there... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:27:16 PM
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As usual, we agree on a lot.I don't think that pre... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:42:35 AM
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As for the other aspect I don't think that presid... by BFalcon on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:20:30 AM
He is very competent at presidential campaigning ... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:59:28 AM
Presidents should be judged on both what they did... by BFalcon on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 11:24:29 AM
What did this president do, in any way that disti... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 12:43:02 PM
"way below average for a recession"  is pret... by BFalcon on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 1:28:10 PM
from recent Bill Moyers interview, for me totall... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 2:43:20 PM
I know that you don't mind deeper analysis, perha... by BFalcon on Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 12:48:05 AM
There is no indication whatsoever that your theor... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 5:16:03 AM
No, he is not progressive, I did not say that, he... by BFalcon on Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 7:40:14 AM
I agree with BFalcon's analysis of the Obama admi... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 5:12:13 PM
Yes, there is a shift of tone here that deviates ... by Robert S. Becker on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 6:33:31 PM
The Republicans in Congress don't want to impeach... by Eric Zuesse on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 7:20:34 PM
Impeach Obama, on what ground? ... by BFalcon on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 6:31:17 AM
Already, Snowden, Greenwald, Turley, and others, h... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 7:49:25 AM
First of all, he did not  "promise and deliv... by BFalcon on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 9:06:01 AM
First, impeachment must be about some action, eve... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 9:35:07 AM
He was using euphemisms with these "gentlemen." D... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:25:19 AM
I don't disagree with your description, simply yo... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:25:44 AM
Your values are those of a conservative: the elit... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:41:04 PM
I have not a clue where all this comes from. Such... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:33:55 PM
As I said: the Levin report and others have laid o... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 2:39:25 PM
"You want to praise Obama for what you think he d... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 3:23:01 PM
I guess anything we say just bounces off Eric's "... by BFalcon on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:39:40 PM
"What exact law the bankers broke" is fraud. Bill ... by Eric Zuesse on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:30:46 AM
So then you believe that it is possible to prove t... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:18:16 PM
Re. your " I'd like to know when has impeachm... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 7:40:45 AM
There is, in particular in civilian cases, guilt b... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:39:25 AM
He [Obama] blocks the most important cases. He do... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 12:03:54 AM
Black says that accounting is a method-of-choice ... by Eric Zuesse on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:36:45 AM
You seem to subscribe to a very wrong theory where... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:14:10 PM
If the Federal Government were to "treat CEOs as r... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 5:53:57 AM
Again, you are on the wrong path.You accept unequa... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 6:19:51 AM
Black says that accounting is a method-of-choice f... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:38:53 AM
In major cases of corporate control fraud (e.g., E... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:47:14 AM
Mr. Zuesse, you are correct that a CEO could be, a... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:56:51 AM
The question remains: can a POTUS be impeached on ... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 5:08:01 AM
It's interesting how objections to Covey being app... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 5:29:01 AM
Mr. Zuesse has cited and linked to a great Bill Mo... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 5:31:59 AM
Re. your "But it need not be the CEO in all cases,... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 7:49:42 AM
Traitor is defined much narrower than you do.Nobod... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:36:40 AM
BF:This is a fruitless discussion and so I have wi... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:00:49 PM
I understand and thanks for your contribution thus... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:38:36 PM
Mr. Zuesse: Your 'definition' of 'conservative' is... by Charles Roll on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:55:14 PM
Yes, I am very "conservative" if that means conser... by Robert S. Becker on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:16:10 PM
Well stated as always.You remind me of the conserv... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:36:33 PM
According to your ridiculous theory, Congress is s... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 7:55:07 AM
This ridiculous theory is called separation of pow... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:30:58 AM
Separation of powers means that the Administration... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:41:27 PM
Don't you sometimes get tired of tossing off "shou... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 3:27:59 PM
Separation of powers means also that Congress will... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:47:00 PM
Separation of powers means that the Administration... by Charles Roll on Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 1:04:01 AM
That your proposal to impeach the President is fan... by Charles Roll on Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 1:20:28 AM
Mr. Zuesse:I will give you this: your fantasy is c... by Charles Roll on Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 1:24:39 AM
If this article is a "rant" then a rant can be fac... by Eric Zuesse on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 8:04:29 PM
If this article is a "rant" then a rant can be fa... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 12:50:43 AM
I would respectfully submit that in our nation'... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 8:52:12 AM
Thanks for your input, Patrick. I think that corre... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 9:25:21 AM
Eric, I'm quite happy to find we agree that Dem... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:13:23 AM
Won't cut it. I agree. If Dems don't disassociate... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:40:33 AM
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I am not predicting either 2014 or 2016. ... by Eric Zuesse on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:38:45 AM
Pretty convincing analysis of President Obama. Als... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 12:55:25 AM
He was a very successful President, and is contin... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 9:03:07 AM
I understand what you mean and I often argued Dub... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 9:39:20 AM
I find your overall evaluation of the Obama admin... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 5:29:35 PM
You seem to fail to grasp that the "progressive... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:52:07 AM
You seem to fail to grasp that the "progressive ... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:44:29 AM
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You successfully misunderstand the whole situation... by BFalcon on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:23:00 AM
That Obama lies so frequently and so facilely disp... by GREGG KOZLOFF on Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:29:15 PM
Obama's negative impact is worse for the Democrats... by GREGG KOZLOFF on Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:37:23 PM
Yes, it's one thing to be consistently mean-spirit... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:20:14 PM
Re. "Obama injured liberal voters more than any n... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 6:02:33 PM
emphatically agreed ... by GREGG KOZLOFF on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 12:01:23 AM
Obama is "the best weapon that the Republican Par... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 5:56:27 PM
Harry Reid killed Obama's TTIP & TPP; he brou... by Eric Zuesse on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 6:46:14 PM
"Pelosi was not quite as resistant [as Reid] to O... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 9:20:10 PM
Re. your "Did Pelosi block consideration and a fl... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 6:28:57 AM
PS (continuing my reply to Charles Roll): Pelosi f... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 6:35:28 AM
Pelosi fought like the dickens to get a strong p... by Charles Roll on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 3:21:12 PM
Continuing my reply to Mr. Zuesse focusing on leg... by Charles Roll on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:37:42 PM
From the FDL article (18 January [not March as mi... by Charles Roll on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:03:30 PM
In my opinion, what disturbs Zuesse and should di... by Charles Roll on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:07:51 PM
Excellent choice of links to clarify what drives y... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:19:00 AM
Re. your "I still would say that Pelosi is every ... by Eric Zuesse on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:56:39 AM
Thank you for your history on the early legislati... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 10:14:08 AM
Pelosi did, after all, have the option to let the... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 10:26:00 AM
The following is from the wikipedia article, Publ... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 10:34:48 AM
Republicans are "the guilty party" but you are wro... by BFalcon on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 9:15:03 AM
Thanks for opening up this crucially important asp... by Charles Roll on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 2:52:14 PM
The accounts that I have read of Rahm Emanuel plac... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 5:37:30 PM
Problem is "with the people". While they have be... by BFalcon on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 9:16:21 AM
Re. your "Obama is mainly guilty of trying to liv... by Eric Zuesse on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 6:59:43 PM
"Obama started his "negotiations" with Boehner, o... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 9:48:50 PM
This is the most frightening thing I have read in ... by Sandra Parson on Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 8:31:59 PM
Oh come on.  The Obama Health Revolution is j... by Shirley Braverman on Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:32:16 PM
Oh come on yourself.  Your touching little pa... by GREGG KOZLOFF on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 12:16:59 AM
Could he have planned this any better to have our ... by GREGG KOZLOFF on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 12:29:21 AM
Obama did not bring greed into the health care sys... by Shirley Braverman on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 4:49:08 AM
I have nothing but admiration for the nurses and D... by GREGG KOZLOFF on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 6:29:12 AM
For 75 years, it was said that Roosevelt's New ... by Lance Brofman on Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 9:22:31 AM
Great explanation of the whole 'ObamaCare' dilemma... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 1:51:53 PM
I second that. ... by Eric Zuesse on Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 2:51:21 PM
It's clear that there are differences of expectat... by Art Costa on Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 1:41:30 PM
It's hard for me to take the above criticisms too ... by Brian Lynch on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 5:00:59 PM
It all depends on what politics will allow in the ... by Charles Roll on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:14:31 PM
I have to acknowledge, Mr. Zuesse, that you have a... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 2:08:46 AM