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Fact Checkers Have A Field Day With The Obama Administration’s False ObamaCare Claims

“Three Pinocchios”

Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney: Insurance Companies Are To Blame For Health Plan Cancellations. CARNEY: “The provision in the law was the manifestation of the assurance that if you have a plan you want to keep, you can keep it. Insurance companies that chose to strip away benefits from existing plans in the interim, that canceled existing plans in the interim, they took away that grandfathering opportunity. And that’s a reality.” (White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 11/5/13)

The Washington Post‘s Fact Checker Called The Obama Administration’s Claim “A Classic Case Of Misdirection.” “The administration’s effort to pin the blame on insurance companies is a classic case of misdirection. Between 75 and 95 percent of the problem stems from the effective date, but the White House chooses to keep the focus elsewhere.” (Glenn Kessler, “The White House Effort To Blame Insurance Companies For Lost Plans,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker , 11/7/13)

  • The Washington Post ‘s Fact Checker: “Three Pinocchios.” (Glenn Kessler, “The White House Effort To Blame Insurance Companies For Lost Plans,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker , 11/7/13)

“Pants On Fire”

President Obama: “What We Said Was, You Can Keep (Your Plan) If It Hasn’t Changed Since The Law Passed.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President At OFA Event, Washington, D.C., 11/4/13)

President Obama’s “Attempt At Explanation Has Only Fanned The Flames Of Controversy …” “President Barack Obama’s attempt at explanation has only fanned the flames of controversy over his campaign line, ‘If you like your health care, you can keep it.’” (Louis Jacobson, “Barack Obama Says That What He’d Said Was You Could Keep Your Plan ‘If It Hasn’t Change Since The Law Passed,’” Politifact.com , 11/6/13)

  • Politifact: “We Rate His Claim Pants On Fire.” (Louis Jacobson, “Barack Obama Says That What He’d Said Was You Could Keep Your Plan ‘If It Hasn’t Change Since The Law Passed,’” Politifact.com , 11/6/13)

Last Week, Fact Checkers Found That Obama And His Administration Are Guilty Of Distorting The Facts

During The First 2012 Presidential Debate, Obama Promised ObamaCare Would Not Mean A “Government Take Over” And Would Allow You To “Keep Your Own Insurance.” BARACK OBAMA: “And let me tell you exactly what ‘ObamaCare’ did. Number one, if you’ve got health insurance it doesn’t mean a government take over. You keep your own insurance. You keep your own doctor. But it does say insurance companies can’t jerk you around.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12)

“The Promise Stretched Credulity A Number Of Ways: – It’s Practically Baked Into The Law That Some Policies Are Going To Disappear.” (Calvin Woodward, “Promises, Promises: A Big One That Got Away,” The Associated Press, 10/31/13)

  • The Washington Post ‘s Fact Checker Gives Obama’s Promise That Americans Could Keep Their Health Care Plan Four Pinocchios. “ The president’s promise apparently came with a very large caveat: ‘If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan – if we deem it to be adequate.’ Four Pinocchios.”(Glenn Kessler, “Obama’s Pledge That ‘No One Will Take Away’ Your Health Plan,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/30/13)

Obama Sr. Advisor Valerie Jarrett: “FACT: Nothing In #ObamaCare Forces People Out Of Their Health Plans.” (Valerie Jarrett, Twitter Feed, 10/28/13)

  • Valerie Jarrett’s Claim Was “Extreme … We Rate The Statement False.” “Saying there’s ‘nothing’ in the law that forces people out of their health plans is a pretty extreme claim — one that implies that insurers who pull the plug on non-ObamaCare-compliant plans are acting in some sort of government-free vacuum. Even if it’s technically true that the insurer pulls the plug on a plan, the insurer will only be doing this because the law itself and its implementing regulations have created a context in which, sooner or later, old-fashioned plans will inevitably pass into oblivion — as the law always intended. We rate the statement False.” (Louis Jacobson, “Valerie Jarret Says ‘Nothing In ObamaCare Forces People Out Of Their Health Plans,’” PolitiFact.com , 10/30/13)

Kathleen Sebelius: “If I Have Affordable Coverage In My Workplace, I’m Not Eligible To Go Into The Marketplace. … It’s Illegal.” REPRESENTATIVE CORY GARDNER (CO-R): “You’re in charge of this law, correct? Why aren’t you in the exchange?” SEBELIUS: “Because I’m part of the federal employee health benefit plan. … I’m not eligible for the exchange.” GARDNER: “You can decide to drop your coverage of your employer. You have the choice to decide not to choose …” SEBELIUS: “Not true, sir.” GARDNER: “I would encourage you to be just like the American people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way …” SEBELIUS: “It’s illegal.” (Committee On Energy And Commerce, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 10/30/13)

  • PolitiFact: “We Rate Her Statement Pants On Fire.” (Steve Contorno, “HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Says ‘It’s Illegal’ For Her To Use The Health Insurance Exchange,” PolitiFact.com , 10/30/13)

HHS Secretary Sebelius “Has Asserted That The Law Required Health Insurance Sign-Ups To Start Oct. 1.” “Misstating the health care law she is responsible for administering, Kathleen Sebelius has asserted that the law required health insurance sign-ups to start Oct. 1, whether the system was ready or not.” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Sebelius Misstates Law On Signup Start,” The Associated Press , 10/28/13)

  • The Associated Press : “FACT CHECK: Sebelius Misstates Law On Signup Start” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Sebelius Misstates Law On Signup Start,” The Associated Press , 10/28/13)