Obama: I’d like to apologize for lying to your faces several thousand times about keeping your plan if you liked it; Update: Or not

posted at 6:41 pm on November 7, 2013 by Allahpundit

He tried to spin away the Big Lie with another Big Lie, but when that didn’t work, he was left at a crossroads. Triple down with a Big Lie about the Big Lie about the Big Lie, or bite his lip and apologize? The quote: “I am sorry that [people who've lost their insurance] are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.” I’m actually not sure what that means. It’s not his assurances that have put them in this situation, it’s the law he signed and the regulations he approved that sandbagged them. Or is he suggesting — not incorrectly, mind you — that maybe he and his pet boondoggle wouldn’t have gotten quite as many votes if he’d been honest?

Conn Carroll asks an excellent question:

Exactly. Until about an hour ago, the official Democratic line on the Big Lie was that O had, perhaps, “exaggerated” the extent to which people would be able to keep their plans, but that was A-OK because only crappy plans by scam artists are being denied grandfather status. That’s actually the biggest lie of all. Even some liberals are acknowledging the underlying reality. So what’s the new White House position? Are the old plans being properly and deservedly euthanized or is O sorry for their loss?

Update: Ditto.

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Update: Here’s the transcript of the full exchange. Is this really an apology?

CHUCK TODD:
Thanks to you. I’ll start with health care. It’s probably the most quoted thing or requoted thing you have said in your presidency, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” You said it a lot during the run up. At this point, though, it’s obviously something– a promise that has not been able to be kept. Just today, the Denver Post — 250,000 people in Colorado are seeing health insurance policies cancelled. Some of those people liked those policies. And they can’t keep them. What happened?

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
Well– first of all, I meant what I said. And we worked hard to try to make sure that we implemented it properly. But obviously, we didn’t do enough– a good enough job– and I regret that. We’re talking about 5% of the population– who are in what’s called the individual market. They’re out there buying health insurance on their own.

A lot of these plans are subpar plans. And we put in a clause in the law that said if you had one of those plans, even if it was subpar– when the law was passed, you could keep it. But there’s enough churn in the market that folks since then have bought subpar plans. And now that may be all they can afford. So even though it only affects a small amount of the population, you know, it means a lot to them, obviously, when they get– this letter cancelled.

Follow the link. He goes on and on and on from there about how much “better” the new plans on the exchanges are. And you know what he means by that: “Better” = more comprehensive, period. Cost and access to a sizable provider network are almost entirely irrelevant to the calculus. No one seriously believes that, including him, but he needs to pretend in order to justify pushing healthy people into more expensive coverage. Comprehensiveness is mainly just the excuse to gouge them for higher premiums. He’s not sorry at all that people’s plans are being canceled.


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Classic joke…

Brother: “Sister, you’re ugly and stupid.”

Sister: “Mother, Brother called me ugly and stupid!”

Mother: “Brother, apologize to Sister.”

Brother: “Sister, I’M SORRY you’re ugly and stupid.”

Marcola on November 8, 2013 at 1:23 AM

I can’t help it.
Gotta link it

It’s Three Dog Night.
Liar.

seesalrun2 on November 8, 2013 at 1:26 AM

One of my personal favorites, courtesy of Henry Rollins.

gryphon202 on November 8, 2013 at 2:23 AM

He’s sorry he hasn’t yet totally destroyed the middle class that he fears and hates so much. Like all socialists, he knows that the petit bourgeoisie are a bigger threat to the socialist dream than all the plutocrats of the world combined.

deepelemblues on November 8, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Obamacare Deconstructed

bofh on November 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Great link.

David Blue on November 8, 2013 at 2:38 AM

Dear citizens,

I have just screwed all over your lives . . . I’m sorry, now go buy your stinking healthcare insurance and shut up.

BO

rplat on November 8, 2013 at 4:13 AM

Impeachment is a great next topic

TX-96 on November 8, 2013 at 6:12 AM

President Barack Hussein Obama, has most assuredly proven the old axiom that, after all is said and done,

A man is only as good as his word.

My take.

kingsjester on November 8, 2013 at 6:50 AM

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

tmgrant on November 8, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Every word he says is a lie. Every word from his administration is a lie. What a pathetic non-apology apology. This disaster was planned by you built by you and jammed down the throats of the American people. We are awakening in time to thoroughly punish you and your minions in the next election

scboy on November 8, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Well– first of all, I meant what I said.

Well, you said “people could keep their plans.” They can’t and now you’ve told them to move on and sign up. In any other part of America that’s a lie. But you did mean it.

We’re talking about 5% of the population– who are in what’s called the individual market.

That’s roughly 15 million people who like their plans. That you lie to and now taken away their “choice”.

“Millions of people” were a big deal when you spoke about website “hits”. But now suddenly 15 million people losing their insurance isn’t a big deal. I am confused…or perhaps you are?

Marcus Traianus on November 8, 2013 at 7:26 AM

It’s neat to see the progressives progress with their blame shifting.
 
First it was
 

So, the next time you hear a Republican talk about how the individual mandate simply must be stopped, or at least delayed. Ask them why they’re so opposed to a plan that they came up with in the first place?
 
http://americablog.com/2013/10/original-1989-document-heritage-foundation-created-obamacares-individual-mandate.html

 
Which was parroted here
 

If so fundamentally flawed, why did conservatives come up with this model for public healthcare policy?
 
libfreeordie on October 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

 

Don’t forget that Obama was able to move fwd with the ACA by ignoring the demands of the left.
 
verbaluce on November 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

 
I guess that one wasn’t working well when people remembered it got no (R) House votes (and how it was passed. Remember Christmas Eve?), so now we’re at this article’s
 

I’m sorry Republicans decided to re-litigate the law rather than help implement it, offering no serious alternative of their own for the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans.

 
And our locals bravely begin their attempts on the Obamacare threads, too:
 

The GOP is just shouting from the sidelines. They are not doing a single thing aside from that.
And meanwhile…
 
verbaluce on November 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

 

Maybe if your side had any ideas at all about any of it it’d be worth coming to.
(I’d love to hear the ‘no more premiums’ one.)
 
verbaluce on November 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

 
We should make a pool for the next attempt.

rogerb on November 8, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Good read.

Avik Roy completely and factually dismantles Obama’s pack of lies. Not one, the entire bushel.

Marcus Traianus on November 8, 2013 at 7:31 AM

We should make a pool for the next attempt.

rogerb on November 8, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Dems have long claimed that Obamacare is perfect the way it is apart from some minor website glitches that are common at the start of any government program. Why would they want to change any aspect of the roll out?

Happy Nomad on November 8, 2013 at 7:34 AM

At the risk of repeating many others – this “apology” is really just a repeat of “I’m sorry you’re all so stupid that you don’t appreciate how we are getting you much better plans, that may include services you don’t want or need, in order to facilitate you carrying a few more freeloaders.”.”

katiejane on November 8, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Obama’s 2 biggest lies, the Healthcare lie cost him credibility with the American People, the Benghazi lie cost him credibility with the rest of the world.

bflat879 on November 8, 2013 at 7:41 AM

This is all the fault of the guy who won’t let Obama be clear.

forest on November 8, 2013 at 7:51 AM

President Barack Hussein Obama, has most assuredly proven the old axiom that, after all is said and done,

A man is only as good as his word.

My take.

kingsjester on November 8, 2013 at 6:50 AM

…for new folks..hit the nic or my take

KOOLAID2 on November 8, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Would someone in Congress please even mention “impeachment” (please).

Sherman1864 on November 8, 2013 at 8:14 AM

His objective is single payer (communism). Destroying the current health plan market is a step towards that. First the private, then the corporate. His lips moved. His is not sorry.

TerryW on November 8, 2013 at 8:23 AM

We should make a pool for the next attempt.

rogerb on November 8, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Right now rogerb they’re skulking in the shadows waiting for something, anything, that they can crow about.

Children……

itsspideyman on November 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Declaration 2.0
http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/2010/06/27/#005695

BPinNC on November 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Whoa. Great minds, etc. When we were in Yorktown, in one part of the museum they had a huge copy of the Declaration. I started reading it out loud, and the longer I read it (through my tears and cracking voice) the more it sounded all…too…familiar.

Time once more to pledge lives, fortunes and sacred honor.

Thank you, Chris Muir.

theotherone on November 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Here’s another…

“Give me liberty, or give me death!” 2.0
http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/2013/10/14/

ITguy on November 8, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Listened to a man with cancer last night on Kelly’s show. It was heart breaking. He lost his insurance that was treating him and now has to get a pre-existing condition policy from the grim reaper in chief. He said he can’t afford it and didn’t want to burden his family with debt. He’s going to go without insurance and treatment and let nature take it’s course. He didn’t even get insurance to face the death panels. This is what has been brought on us from people who care and wanted to give insurance to 40M people who either didn’t want insurance, need it, or didn’t want to pay for it. Evil is at work in our country.
O/T: Happy birthday to Billy Graham. Wish we had more like him, we desperately need them.

Kissmygrits on November 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Maybe I’m dense, but I see absolutely no apology there. I see him explaining how it isn’t his fault. I seem him telling us we’re better off with the new plans. I see no apology.

kenro85 on November 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM

So he is either
a FLAT OUT LIAR

or

TOTALLY INCOMPTETENT ON WHAT IS GOING ON

And his “apology” is fuzzy with the “sorry you lost your policys”

and?????? what else

will he change the regs that caused the loss of policys
guess not
so its
sorry you lost your coverage due to my “assurancees’ but tough noogies you are screwed and SO YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH BEING LIED TO AND SCREWED OVER BY DEMS.

sniffles1999 on November 8, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Listened to a man with cancer last night on Kelly’s show. It was heart breaking. He lost his insurance that was treating him and now has to get a pre-existing condition policy from the grim reaper in chief.
Kissmygrits on November 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM

And what the h*11 does he mean by subpar plans? You mean the plans that were paying the medical bills for sick people? How exactly is that subpar?

kenro85 on November 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM

ITguy on November 8, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Wow. Those are inspired.

freedomfirst on November 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Obama apology and every other thing he says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4bftQ4xxFc

Marco on November 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

His objective is single payer (communism). Destroying the current health plan market is a step towards that. First the private, then the corporate. His lips moved. His is not sorry.

TerryW on November 8, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Yup.

Those aren’t “problems” Obamacare is having–they are features.

Progressives are just waiting to say that since the current healthcare system is not working, the only solution is a complete government takeover, i.e. single payer.

Whether that will work remains to be seen, but given the abject stupidity demonstrated by a majority of the US electorate a year ago, I’d give the progressives a decent shot of realizing their dream of making us more like Castro’s Cuba.

MidniteRambler on November 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I heard Hitler said he was sorry for that shower lie.

JackM on November 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Watch how the In-The-Bag Media announces how everything is now ok. It’s the only way they can stop criticizing their boss.

It’s weak and pathetic, but it’s all they got.

JackM on November 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Not that we ever believe him, however now the sheeple will begin to doubt his trustworthyness.

Tater Salad on November 8, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Obama: I’d like to apologize for lying

Then I guess it’s o.k. now.

dirtseller on November 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

That he chose Chuck Todd and NBC for this non apology apology speaks volumes. I wish Meghan Kelley had done the interview. Obama would have been in a fetal position by the end of it. Once again the Limbaugh Theorem is on full display. The tone of this “apology” was Obama seeming to be above the fray. A tone of distancing himself from the fact that he and his party own every part of this mess. Hey REB this is YOUR signature law!

neyney on November 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM

“I am sorry that [people who've lost their insurance] are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”

Which begs the question—why is he sorry? Is he sorry because people are truly screwed? If so, he can fix that by making one of his illegal changes to this law.

If he doesn’t make the changes then he’s sorry because he was caught and couldn’t talk his way out of it.

dirtseller on November 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Update on being called back by CGI to have our information taken out of the Obamacare system…

Hubby called and was told that someone would call us back at the beginning of the week. No call, so hubby called again. This time he was told the person who said that we’d be called back didn’t fill out the information correctly, so no call. Now, this person said he did it correctly and we should expect a call in a few days.

Hubby talked to the navigator and said are you getting lots of calls like this. Navigator said, yes. Hubby said have you made any suggestions to improve the situation, since you deal directly with the public and are knowledgeable about the problems. Navigator said, we are not allowed to do that. You have to speak directly to someone at CGI.

Hubby said, but you know more about the problems than they do. Navigator repeated that they are not allowed to do that. (Not allowed to think for themselves, not allowed to improve things.) Hubby said, that is the difference between government and the private sector. The private sector would want to improve this from the ground up. Navigator thanked him and said we should expect a call from CGI “in a couple of days.”

Obama lied, people tried, cried and healthcare died.

Fallon on November 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Words, words, words…

Pest on November 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM

He’s actually implying that the people who lost their insurance somehow misconstrued his “assurances” and thus lost their insurance. So they are responsible after all, not him. Not much of an “apology” from this “president”…

Pest on November 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

He’s actually implying that the people who lost their insurance somehow misconstrued his “assurances” and thus lost their insurance. So they are responsible after all, not him. Not much of an “apology” from this “president”…

Pest on November 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Yep; “I’m sorry that you misunderstood my statements.”

slickwillie2001 on November 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

In my teen youth days, we used to call guys like Barry, ‘Di*ks”. He is Di*k, there is no way around it. To add, liberals have difficulty calling out black dudes as Di*ks. the black dudes know it and leverage the white guilt. But Barry is still a Di*k.

steveracer on November 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

It speaks volumes about the sociopathic narcissist in chief when his mea culpa isn’t a mea culpa.

From the transcript…

Keep in mind that most of the folks who are going to– who got these c– cancellation letters, they’ll be able to get better care at the same cost or cheaper in these new marketplaces. Because they’ll have more choice. They’ll have more competition. They’re part of a bigger pool. Insurance companies are going to be hungry for their business.

So– the majority of folks will end up being better off, of course, because the website’s not working right. They don’t necessarily know it right.

And the lies keep right on coming…because they are a means to achieve the President’s desired ends.

Now that– you know, having said that– given that I’ve been burned already with– a website– well, more importantly, the American people have been burned by– a website that has been dysfunctional. What we’ve also been doing is creating a whole other set of tracks. Making sure that people can apply by phone effectively. Making sure that people can apply in person effectively. So what I’m confident about is that anybody who wants to buy health insurance through the marketplace, they are going to be able to buy it.

Not only more lies (applying via phone or paper still requires a functional online application process), but he’s a victim – not the chief executive or responsible and accountable leader of this EpicClusterFark.

What Barack Obama is most sorry about is the damage that this EpicClusterFark is doing to the big government progressive agenda that the community organizer sees as his mission / mandate to implement.

Athos on November 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM

A lot of these plans are subpar plans.

NO THEY’RE NOT. I INTENTIONALLY SELECTED MY PLAN BASED ON WHAT I WANTED TO BE COVERED AND WANTED TO PAY FOR!!!!1!!1!1!!!1!

Nutstuyu on November 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Mr. President, how about handing in your resignation, period. That would be a start.

SC.Charlie on November 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Director yells, Ok Mr. Prez One more time with feeling!

elifino on November 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

He’s sorry he hasn’t yet totally destroyed the middle class that he fears and hates so much. Like all socialists, he knows that the petit bourgeoisie are a bigger threat to the socialist dream than all the plutocrats of the world combined.

deepelemblues on November 8, 2013 at 2:34 AM

BINGO! Whenever Barry talks about helping the middle class I could just spit because nothing could be further from the truth. His aim is to demoralize and destroy the middle class by forcing them to lose every shred of wealth and independence they have. Wait until the Feds take over everyone’s 401ks… for the “common good.”

Logic on November 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Alternate headline–Obama: Sorry not sorry.

SueZeeQ on November 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

“I am sorry that [people who've lost their insurance] are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”

 
This is not an apology. It is “feeling sorry” for your plight but no changes will be made.
 
Starlink on November 8, 2013 at 9:37 AM

 
Anyone remember Blackadder?
 

General Melchett: Now George, you remember when I came down to visit you when you were a nipper, for your sixth birthday? You used to have a lovely little rabbit, beautiful little thing, do you remember?
 
Lieutenant George: Flossie.
 
General Melchett: That’s right, Flossie! Do you remember what happened to Flossie?
 
Lieutenant George: You shot him.
 
General Melchett: That’s right! It was the kindest thing to do after he’d been run over by that car.
 
Lieutenant George: By *your* car, sir.
 
General Melchett: Yes, by my car. But that, too, was an act of mercy when you remember that that dog had been set on him.
 
Lieutenant George: *Your* dog, sir.
 
General Melchett: Yes, yes, my dog. But what I’m trying to say, George, is that the state young Flossie was in after we’d scraped him off my front tyre, is very much the state that young Blackadder will be in now: if not very nearly dead, then very actually dead!

 
(Starred House before he was House, btw)

rogerb on November 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Obama is “sorry”…
*some people misunderstood him
*some people are unhappy about losing their health ins. plans

The “apology”, such as it is, is for not being clear, with regrets that some people are now unhappy about losing their coverage.

He wants to confuse us by deflecting from lack of honesty to lack of clarity. He says he was not clear, when the issue is not about clarity, but that he was not honest.

He was abundantly clear. What could be clearer than, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.”

And stunningly dishonest… 23 times on video, give or take a few.

It’s a non-apology apology… by a shameless little weasel.

Sub-par apology by a sub-par president.

… he and his pet boondoggle wouldn’t have gotten quite as many votes if he’d been honest?

Had the truth been known, probably Obamacare would not have passed, and Obama would not have been reelected. Fraud on at least two counts.

petefrt on November 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Sorry for burning your house down.

Axion on November 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Pants on fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMXGSP_nPyY

jclittlep on November 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Obama: I’d like to apologize for lying to your faces several thousand times about keeping your plan if you liked it

Priceless, AP!

Obama: I’d like to apologize for lying to your faces several thousand times about keeping your plan if you liked it

… and doubling down on the lying to try to escape blame for the lying

… and having it all… somewhere between 21 and 36 instances of the lying… captured on video.

petefrt on November 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

A “sucks to be you” apology.
Obama- “Tough tata, said the cata, but the milk’s still good. You single play, you single pay, all of mine have understood.”
Rolling tongued telepromptered, spin master.

onomo on November 9, 2013 at 7:37 AM

He only did it because the Dem Senators made him, just like they made him President.

Sven on November 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Democrats are out front on this.
Number of people who have lost their health insurance:

Due to Tea Party = 0

Due to Obama & the Democrats = Millions and rising

DaMav on November 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Obama’s ‘apology’ was the standard democrat version of an apology and runs something like this…”I am sorry you are too stupid to understand my unstated nuance and see the greater agenda”

JIMV on November 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

BuckeyeSam posted a link to a Rockwell picture in a thread on here about some liberal, Obamacare-promoting Colorado lady that was shocked! shocked I tell you! that, thanks to zero care, she got dropped by her insurance carrier and now her premiums will be much higher and coverage lower.

So I made one of those Despair.com type posters out of it for y’all’s amusement. Here:

Obamacare

justltl on November 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Better:

There is no Santa

justltl on November 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Best:

Obamacare Surprise

justltl on November 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

After “sorry” for lying he should have added

“But how else could I get this monstrosity passed? Couldn’t have allowed C-Span in the vote buying negotiations either, as I promised many times. When I make a promise over and over many times with my practiced sincere-face expressions, people believe me, so I can’t help my low-life self.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8R5GvwUFU8

Chessplayer on November 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Not only am i lying
But i know what is best for you

But its not best for unions, cabinet members, etc

He seemed to be blaiming people, and not that many people – what’s 5% anywayfor taking away their insurance

Wait till the employer based delay expires

The all out nauseam of gov ads during football totally alienates

The republicans should fully sit back, say nothing and let obama and company own it all the way to the ballot box

audiotom on November 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM

i look forward to CANCELLING THE EMPLOYMENT POLICIES OF EVERY POLITICAN WHO IS A DEMOCRAT ON MY BALLOT NOV 2014
and furthermore

I WON’T APOLIGIZE AS I WILL DO IT DELIBERTLY AND AM SAYING SO TO THE WORLD AND OBAMA

As far as i am concerned obama stole the election, first with all th lies on the health care and second with the IRS illegially suppression of the tea party first amendment rights.

sniffles1999 on November 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

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