Time for a new lie: AARP has endorsed my health-care plan, says Obama

Not the biggest lie of the day but a decent-sized catch. Even so, I feel guilty calling him on it. Does anyone doubt that the reliably lefty AARP brain trust really is backing this travesty, even if they haven’t formally endorsed it? It’s like ACORN insisting they weren’t supporting any candidates in the presidential election last year. Surely The One can be forgiven the eminently reasonable assumption that they’re in the tank.

The country’s largest advocacy group for Americans over 50 issued a statement after the event saying, “While the President was correct that AARP will not endorse a health care reform bill that would reduce Medicare benefits, indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate.”

How’s Obama going to avoid reducing Medicare benefits while promising to reduce overall Medicare spending? Why, by finding magical “savings and efficiencies within the health care system,” of course — the same sort of savings and efficiencies, presumably, that make the post office run so well. As you watch, try to get your mind around the fact that the biggest retiree lobbyist group in the country is formally undecided about a bill that’s guaranteed not only to cut into its constituents’ medical coverage but to force them to compete for doctors’ time with 47 million new insured people. Click the image to watch.