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View Diary: 'You can keep your health insurance' lie of the year or half-true? PolitiFact says both! (102 comments)

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  •  The Webster definition of "lie" (emphasis added): (2+ / 0-)
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    Dave925, Eyesbright
    1 - to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive
    2 - to create a false or misleading impression
    PolitiFarce does it again. It seems to me the key issue as to whether President Obama "lied" is intent. So what was the intent of the law, and the intent behind the president's repeated assurance that "if you like your insurance plan, you can keep it?"

    I would argue (and PolitiFact agreed, BTW) that the intent of the law was clearly to allow those who had insurance, and who were happy with it, to keep it. That was also clearly President Obama's intent.

    Neither President Obama or the ACA required the plans in question to be cancelled. The insurance companies took it upon themselves to do that. They also, in many cases, attempted to deceive the customers whose policies were cancelled by not providing them with information about all the alternatives available to them to replace those plans.

    How, then, can any reasonable person conclude that President Obama knew when he made that repeated assertion that millions of policies eligible to be grandfathered under the law would instead be cancelled? Where was the intent to deceive, or to create a false or misleading impression? And if there was no intent, how can this even be called a lie, much less "The Lie of the Year?"

    I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

    by ObamOcala on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 10:40:58 AM PST

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