Clearly misspoke, the new “he lied through his teeth.”
Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it.
See, Obama lied, but it’s those dastardly Republicans stoking fear and confusion. Obama? Just a slip of the tongue, a few dozen times.
Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that. By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year. So they’ve sent cancellation notices to hundreds of thousands of people who hold these substandard policies. (At issue here are not the 149 million people covered by employer plans, but the 10 million to 12 million people who buy policies directly on the individual market.)
Eh, it’s only 10 or 12 million people. Besides, they’re probably knuckle-dragging teabaggers. So move on past this overblown nontroversy.
This overblown controversy has also obscured the crux of what health care reform is trying to do, which is to guarantee that everyone can buy insurance without being turned away or charged exorbitant rates for pre-existing conditions and that everyone can receive benefits that really protect them against financial or medical disaster, not illusory benefits that prove inadequate when a crisis strikes.
So what does it take for the Time to call someone a liar? Well, being a Republican helps.
Even more important, Bush lied us into war. Let’s repeat that: he lied us into war.
Obama? He misspoke, silly. Bush? He lied.
So is President Bush a liar?
Plenty of Americans think so. Bookshops are filled with titles about Mr. Bush like ”Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,” ”Big Lies,” ”Thieves in High Places” and ”The Lies of George W. Bush.”
A consensus is emerging on the left that Mr. Bush is fundamentally dishonest, perhaps even evil — a nut, yes, but mostly a liar and a schemer.
But if like your boot-licking, you can keep your boot-licking.
Almost universal mockery of the NYT's apology. This propaganda effort really isn't going well—wherever it's tried.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) November 3, 2013