The best euphemisms for Obama’s giant “if you like your plan you can keep it” lie

posted at 10:01 pm on October 29, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

1. Dan Amira of New York Mag:

“overly simplistic guarantee”

2. Rep. Steny Hoyer, Minority Leader, House of Representatives:

“accurate…not precise enough.”

3. Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico:

“sweeping generalizations that can be contradicted by individual experiences”

“soundbites”

“pithy promises”

4. James Carville on “The O’Reilly Factor”:

“I think what he could have made is a more nuanced, accurate statement.”

5. Josh Barro, Business Insider:

“never a reasonable promise…yes, that statement is proving false — and it’s a good thing.”

6. Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary

“You can make that point if you want.”

Also, argle, bargle, blerg.

7. Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Senate, along with Carney, just eschewing euphemism for more lies:

“He didn’t say anything wrong. That was true.”

8. Chuck Todd, MSNBC:

“promises that they were hoping the insurance companies were going to keep.”

Update:

9. Sam Stein, The Huffington Post

“impractical vision”

10. The New York Times

“misspoke”

11. LA Times

“overpromised”

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kregg on October 30, 2013 at 5:55 AM

THIS right here….

how does hillary embrace this crapola during the campaign…cuz you know she’s going to be linked to it big time

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Perhaps the worst thing about President Obama’s impeachable moments is, were the motion brought to the floor all of the bigots from the MSM to Al Sharpton would make Orwellian leaps decrying impeachment as the equivalent to lynching.
Just look how they responded to one of the few men who have ever spoken the truth in Congress when he shouted, “Liar!”.
No, i fear Republicans would be tarred, feathered, and fall even further down in the polls (much like what immigration did to them in 2006).

kregg on October 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Obama lied your insurance died. Welcome to the Tea Party!!

I want to see this ad plastered everywhere!!!

dddave on October 30, 2013 at 6:50 AM

“People will like what I tell them to like.”

Gatsu on October 30, 2013 at 7:51 AM

kregg on October 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM

I wholeheartedly disagree. We should make the chant ever louder: IMPEACHMENT!!!

The more the braying a$$holes scream – the louder the calls for impeachment get. NOW is the time to start ratcheting up the volume on this. The liar-in-chief is so guilty of High Crimes and Misdemeanors it isn’t funny. A lot of it is very well documented, and we all know it. The guy is visibly lying every day now – on TV – right in front of us. Impeach, prosecute, imprison. He deserves the best.

HomeoftheBrave on October 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Is that a real pic of Pharaoh? Regardless, is he balding?

Who would Obama rather be: Moses or Pharaoh?

Moses, he will say; Pharaoh, he will think.

He lies.

Sherman1864 on October 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Who would Obama rather be: Moses or Pharaoh?

Moses, he will say; Pharaoh, he will think.

He lies.

Sherman1864 on October 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

If he had his choice he’d probably pick Jezebel.

Flange on October 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

“Phony victims”

Listen, run with that all day long, all year long, and don’t let up until Obama wears that quote, and then double down.

Come on Republicans, show us some hardball, or shut up.

drunyan8315 on October 30, 2013 at 8:43 AM

So, Chuck Todd believes Obamacare to be self-interested rent seeking? A quid pro quo amongst the iron triangle of HHS, Congressional Democrats, and the insurance industry?

blammm on October 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM

“kregg on October 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM”

I wholeheartedly disagree. We should make the chant ever louder: IMPEACHMENT!!!
HomeoftheBrave on October 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Disagree to your hearts content.
The Republicans need a makeover that doesn’t make them look like dicks.
What the Republicans, Tea Party, and Libertarians need is a unified strategy.
If we do not do well in the midterm elections the Demoncrats will push through single payer.
And believe me there are plenty dependent libtards & moderates who will fall hook, line, & sinker for the inevitable Obama sales pitch, “Gee, if only we had single payer costs will be cheaper because big evil insurance companies have made healthcare more expensive, and Obamacare less affordable … that’s why Obamacare failed!” Mark my words.

kregg on October 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Shut up victims and eat your peas! Signed Obama

neyney on October 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Irony – the site crashed as Sibelius testified that “the site never crashed, it’s just slow due to high volume”.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Going as planned. Flawlessness. Single Payer will be the law of the land now.

Bmore on October 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Disagree to your hearts content.
The Republicans need a makeover that doesn’t make them look like dicks.
What the Republicans, Tea Party, and Libertarians need is a unified strategy.
If we do not do well in the midterm elections the Demoncrats will push through single payer.
And believe me there are plenty dependent libtards & moderates who will fall hook, line, & sinker for the inevitable Obama sales pitch, “Gee, if only we had single payer costs will be cheaper because big evil insurance companies have made healthcare more expensive, and Obamacare less affordable … that’s why Obamacare failed!” Mark my words.

kregg on October 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

The estimated rate of fraud in the federal government’s EITC program is around 25%; that’s about three times the average modest rate of profit in for-profit health insurance companies.

That also doesn’t count internal inefficiencies in a typical federal bureaucracy and outrageous employee salaries and benefits.

Many health-insurance companies operate as non-profits.

Nothing is as inefficient, corrupt, or as full of fraud as a federal government operation.

slickwillie2001 on October 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Disagree to your hearts content.
The Republicans need a makeover that doesn’t make them look like dix.
What the Republicans, Tea Party, and Libertarians need is a unified strategy.
If we do not do well in the midterm elections the Demoncrats will push through single payer.
And believe me there are plenty dependent libtards & moderates who will fall hook, line, & sinker for the inevitable Obama sales pitch, “Gee, if only we had single payer costs will be cheaper because big evil insurance companies have made healthcare more expensive, and Obamacare less affordable … that’s why Obamacare failed!” Mark my words.

kregg on October 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

The estimated rate of fraud in the federal government’s EITC program is around 25%; that’s about three times the average modest rate of profit in for-profit health insurance companies.

That also doesn’t count internal inefficiencies in a typical federal bureaucracy and outrageous employee salaries and benefits.

Many health-insurance companies operate as non-profits.

Nothing is as inefficient, corrupt, or as full of fraud as a federal government operation.

slickwillie2001 on October 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Well, what do you expect from a bunch of idiots who are known to regularly masticate in public.

dentarthurdent on October 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM

9. BOHICA

rukiddingme on October 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

9. BOHICA

rukiddingme on October 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Hey – they can’t have that one – that was my college class motto.
Besides – that’s not a lie WRT 0care.

dentarthurdent on October 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

George Costanza: “Remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it is true.”

Hucklebuck on October 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

How about criminal?

archer52 on October 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

George Costanza: “Remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it is true.”

Hucklebuck on October 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Yeah, then it’s a lie.

DamnCat on October 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Obama lied your insurance died. dddave on October 30, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Obama lied,
The death panels pried,
Grandma cried,
Grandpa died,
Healthcare socialist style.

Don L on October 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM

If you do not like the Reservation I built for you with my Obama Care move to the Pine Tree Reservation and try that, its my proving ground.

On a just as brutal level as Pres. Obama uses to get his way on things….and as it is Obama after all..

“If you do not like it, abort it.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Last week, when Obama found out in the newspapers that he had been lying for three years, he was really upset and promised that he would get to the bottom of it.

dirtseller on October 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

“The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

Regardless of wheather the report was Accurate, it did Exist and it was also stated by Tony Blair. So regardless of the Accuracy of the assessment, correct or Incorrect as to content, Bush’s Statement was a True and Fair Statement. In no way shape or form can it be construed to be a lie.

And he only said it once.

Yet it was hyped up as “The Lie of the Century!”

Obama, KNOWINGLY, repeats a LIE and what do we get?

jaydee_007 on October 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

I got your euphemism right here:

Shut up and pay up.

JackM on October 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

…And Hoyer boots the distinction between precision and accuracy. Accuracy would have been if the words coincided with events. They absolutely did not.

What he means is that they have had a lot of precision (a consistent grouping of results) in killing off people’s healthcare plans, but 0 accuracy in their prediction that if you liked your plan, you could keep it.

Axeman on November 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

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