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Obama’s Rubicon: You Can’t Lie to American Public

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 5, 2013 11:55 AM |

One does not need to grow up in an urban setting and receive a large serving of ‘street smarts’ to understand that phrases such as “intentionally misspoke” or “willfully deceived” mean one thing.

The scarlet letter attached to these more genteel descriptions is the “Big Red L.”

Say what you want about our current President, but the simple fact is after his scrambling of the last few days, he has crossed the Rubicon and broken the sacred bond that is supposed to come with his occupying the highest office in the land and the most powerful position in the world.

Mr. President, you should know that you cannot lie to the American public.

What is even more troubling than lying to the American public is that rather than manning up and acknowledging that fact, our President thinks the American public must be totally stupid so that they will now buy his retraction. Do you see and understand anything different in the following two statements issued by our President?

“If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

He repeated that statement and iterations thereof too often to count from his 2008 campaign and over the next 4 years. Just yesterday we learned from The Wall Street Journal that he sold this admittedly deceptive pitch against the advice of some of his own advisors. And what did President Obama say last evening?

“. . .  what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”

Let’s compare those two statements. Does anybody in the audience think those two statements are the same and provide the same impact on many millions of our fellow citizens? While some citizens might care to provide cover for the President, I ask those in that camp to raise the bar as to what is deemed acceptable in terms of political statements having broad impact on the American public.

I am sorry. Neither the President nor anybody else in the political or professional world deserves or has earned a pass when it comes to so boldly “lying” to the American public.

While Obama himself is already suffering the consequences of this travesty, who really loses? We all do.

Our nation is not only built upon a system of laws, but underlying that is supposed to be a sense of trust and integrity. I realize that those virtues are on life support these days after the travails on Wall Street. That does not mitigate the fact that in the course of playing politics neither President Obama nor any other individual from either side of the aisle can so boldly and blatantly manipulate and obfuscate words so that they are untrue regardless of the number of people directly impacted.

Mr. President, you crossed the line. Your credibility is suffering and should suffer. You do not get to intentionally deceive and misrepresent, that is “lie”, to the American public in order to advance your agenda.

You just don’t.

My suggestion to you: man up, admit your lie, ask for forgiveness, pass legislation that allows those impacted by your lie to retain their policies, and then let Obamacare sink or swim on its own merits. Otherwise, the very office of the Presidency and the manner in which legislation is passed in America will be cheapened. The costs associated with that reality are even far greater than amending your signature legislation.

As for everybody else, navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

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  • LD

    The cancellations are spreading from the individual market to the small-group market. For example, Kentucky’s Department of Insurance has reported that 150,000 people in small-group plans — typically created for employees of small companies — are losing their insurance.

    Obama Denies ‘You Can Keep It’ Promises

  • Small BD

    Insurance companies have always had the right to cancel classes of policies. Any other possibility would be un-American. This fact is independent of Obamacare. And there is nothing new about it.

    Historically, whether a policy becomes “grandfathered” or not is often determined via negotiation between the sponsor (employer or union) of a large health plan and an insurer / administrator, etc. Individuals and small groups don’t have the ability to negotiate.

    • LD

      Perhaps Obamacare should cease from making the restrictive covenants (maternity care and so much more) necessary within policies so that insurance companies are compelled to cancel.

      Think insurance companies are happy to run the risk that millions of their policy holders are likely to go elsewhere to find coverage.

      I have heard from endless numbers of people who like their coverage and do not consider it to be junk and have had it cancelled. They have been informed that the cancellation is due to the fact that Obamacare requires these unnecessary covenants.

      But what does “period” mean?

      There is no qualifier in there. None whatsoever.

      • Small BD

        Mandated benefits sure do jack up premiums. But people can and do suffer medical bankruptcy despite having what they believe to be decent insurance policies. It’s tough to come up with a uniform standard, or one small regional carriers can manage.

        Obamacare was heavily influenced by the insurance industry, and they probably had a good idea of which markets they wanted to participate in. I don’t think the big three (Aetna, Cigna, United HC) are sweating over losing business.

        I have been involved in medical insurance since 1993. Policies have grown steadily worse over the years. In my opinion, Obamacare is a bad piece of legislation that is speeding up the inevitable. But the “you lie” business seems a bit moot.

        • Arkait

          I have been disillusioned with Obama since
          before the 08 primary, where I stood in line outside in freezing weather for an hour before getting to hear him
          speak, and where I wanted to ask him about the
          Madoff type of activity called naked short selling that was rampant on Wall Street, but he accepted NO questions from us (Bangor ME).
          I might as well as have gone to hear him on TV.
          I am an independent voter, and Obama was the lesser of two evils in 2012, and I still believe
          he does not listen to common people, but
          rather dictates from his heights down to us.
          If I weren’t so busy trying to cope with climate
          change and high taxes and unemployment pressures I would go into politics myself, as I
          think most all politicians are bought out by (in Obama’s case) the nuclear industry or Mosanto,etc. and vote accordingly.

    • AlwaysLearning715

      I loved my coverage . . . and it was NOT junk. It was a PPO policy that provided the greatest benefits in network and reduced benefits out of network. Unlimited lifetime benefits, too. Now I am forced to buy something new. The least expensive option doubles my monthly premium and increases my deductible by over $2,000, and it is an HMO which drastically reduces my choice of doctors. For me to get a PPO, my premium more than doubles.

      Looks like the Obama administration needs some assistance:

      White House Asks CEOs to Help Explain Cancellations

      • Small BD

        They probably do need assistance. Most people, including all those lawmakers who passed the ACA, know next-to-nothing about how the insurance or healthcare industry operates. That could, hypothetically, lead to unrealistic comments like ‘you can keep your insurance plan’.

  • fairmead

    Is politician caught lying really such a big deal. Oscar Wilde observed more than 100 years ago that you can always tell when a politician is lying, you can see his lips moving.

  • Larry Levin

    He told so many lies the first time around he was not pulled up on it, he rose to fame partly claiming to have written a book “dreams from my father” it is clear he did not write this book. He has used many social security numbers which is a felony, this was hushed up. He got his own birth date wrong and the number of states in the USA, not much attention paid to that. We do not know who his real father was and therefore we cannot know if he is eligible to be president. He has looted the US treasury on behalf of European banks who’s names must be kept secret. So there is no rubicon he can lie and will continue to lie, America has no government, and has no mainstream media honest or brave enough to expose what is happening.

  • Mark J. Novitsky

    “You Can’t Tell a Lie to the American Public” – Obviously you CAN and DO. That is their religion. It’s how they get elected. Selective Outrage? — Let’s start with WAR CRIMINALS!!! Bush, Cheney, Obama…

  • Guest

    Why ObamaCare is a Fantastic Success By Wayne Allyn Root, Published October 21, 2013

    There are two major political parties in America. I’m a member of the naive, stupid, and cowardly one. I’m a Republican. How stupid is the GOP? They still don’t get it. I told them 5 years ago, 2 books ago, a national bestseller ago (“The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide”), and in hundreds of articles and commentaries, that ObamaCare was never meant to help America, or heal the sick, or lower health-care costs, or lower the debt, or expand the economy. The GOP needs to stop calling ObamaCare a “train-wreck.” That means it’s a mistake, or accident. That means it’s a gigantic flop, or failure. It’s NOT. This is a brilliant, cynical, and purposeful attempt to damage the U.S. economy, kill jobs, and bring down capitalism. It’s not a failure, it’s Obama’s grand success. It’s not a “train-wreck,” ObamaCare is a suicide attack. He wants to hurt us, to bring us to our knees, to capitulate- so we agree under duress to accept big government.Obama’s hero and mentor was Saul Alinsky — a radical Marxist intent on destroying capitalism. Alinksky’s stated advice was to call the other guy “a terrorist” to hide your own intentions. To scream that the other guy is “ruining America,” while you are the one actually plotting the destruction of America. To claim again and again…in every sentence of every speech…that you are “saving the middle class,” while you are busy wiping out the middle class. The GOP is so stupid they can’t see it. There are no mistakes here. This is a planned purposeful attack. The tell-tale sign isn’t the disastrous start to ObamaCare. Or the devastating effect the new taxes are having on the economy. Or the death of full-time jobs. Or the overwhelming debt. Or the dramatic increases in health insurance rates. Or the 70% of doctors now thinking of retiring and bringing on a health-care crisis of unimaginable proportions. Forget all that. The real sign that this is a purposeful attack upon capitalism is how many Obama administration members and Democratic Congressmen are openly calling Tea Party Republicans and anyone who wants to stop ObamaCare “terrorists.” There’s the clue. Even the clueless GOP should be able to see that. They are calling the reasonable people…the patriots…the people who believe in the Constitution … the people who believe exactly what the Founding Fathers believed…the people who want to take power away from corrupt politicians who have put America $17 trillion in debt…terrorists? That’s because they are Saul Alinsky-ing the GOP. The people trying to purposely hurt America, capitalism and the middle class are calling the patriots by a terrible name to fool, confuse and distract the public. ObamaCare is a raving, rollicking, fantastic success. Stop calling it a failure. Here is what it was created to do. It is succeeding on all counts:

    1. ObamaCare was intended to bring about the Marxist dream –redistribution of wealth. Rich people, small business owners, and the middle class are being robbed, so that the money can be redistributed to poor people (who vote for Democrats). Think about it. If you’re rich or middle class, you now have to pay for your own health care costs (at much higher rates) AND 40 million other people’s costs too (through massive tax increases). So you’re stuck paying for both bills. You are left broke. Brilliant.

    2. ObamaCare was intended to wipe out the middle class and make them dependent on government.Think about it. Even Obama’s IRS predicts that health insurance for a typical American family by 2016 will be $20,000 per year. But how would middle class Americans pay that bill and have anything left for food or housing or living? People that make $40K, or $50K, or $60K can’t possibly hope to spend $20K on health insurance without becoming homeless. Bingo.That’s how you make middle class people dependent on government. That’s how you make everyone addicted to government checks. Brilliant.

    3. As a bonus, ObamaCare is intended to kill every decent paying job in the economy, creating only crummy, crappy part-time jobs. Why? Just to make sure the middle class is trapped, with no way out. Just to make sure no one has the $20,000 per year to pay for health insurance, thereby guaranteeing they become wards of the state. Brilliant.

    4. ObamaCare is intended to bankrupt small business, and therefore starve donations to the GOP. Think about it. Do you know a small business owner? I know
    hundreds of them. Their rates are being doubled, tripled and quadrupled by ObamaCare. Guess who writes 75% of the checks to Republican candidates and conservative causes? The GOP. Even if a small business owner manages to survive, he or she certainly can’t write a big check to the GOP anymore. Money is the “mother’s milk” of politics. Without donations, a political party ceases to exist. Bingo. That’s the point of ObamaCare. Obama is bankrupting his political opposition and drying up donations to the GOP. Brilliant.

    5. ObamaCare is intended to make the IRS all-powerful. It adds thousands of new IRS agents. It puts the IRS in charge of overseeing 15% of the U.S. economy. The IRS has the right because of ObamaCare to snoop into every aspect of your life, to go into your bank accounts, to fine you, to frighten you, to intimidate you. And Obama and his socialist cabal have access to your deepest medical secrets. By law your doctor has to ask your sexual history. That information is now in the hands of Obama and the IRS to blackmail GOP candidates into either not running, or supporting bigger government, or leaking the info and ruining your campaign. Or have you forgotten the IRS harassed, intimidated and persecuted critics of Obama and conservative groups? Now Obama hands the IRS even more power. Big Brother rules our lives. Brilliant.

    6. ObamaCare is intended to unionize 15 million health-care workers. That produces $15 billion in new union dues. That money goes to fund Democratic candidates and socialist causes –thereby guaranteeing Obama’s friends never lose another election, and Obama’s policies keep ruining capitalism and bankrupting business owners long after he’s out of office.

    Message to the GOP:

    This isn’t a game. This isn’t tiddly-winks. This is a serious, purposeful attempt to hijack America and destroy capitalism. This isn’t a train-wreck. It’s purposeful suicide. It’s not failing, it’s working exactly according to plan. Obama knows what he’s doing. Stop apologizing and start fighting. Oh and one more thing, Conservatives aren’t “terrorists.” We are patriots and saviors. We represent the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. We are the heroes and the good guys. Unless you get all this through your thick skulls, America and the middle class are lost…forever!

  • Guest

    it’s hard to implement a law that half of the country still don’t understand due to ressistance from the powerful few!

    knowledge is power!

  • Roger S

    lie? how can implement something that the powerful few continue to fight. It’s a right for the power that need coverage!

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