The latest issue of National Review offers a brief synopsis of President Obama’s misleading representation of the impact of his signature law.
In a WebMD interview, President Obama admitted that, under Obamacare, “the average person … might end up having to switch doctors.” Five years ago he promised that no such thing would happen: “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period” (speech to the AMA, June 2009, and repeated, in so many words, in other venues). If Obama knew in 2009 what he now says in 2014, then he lied. If he did not know that the insurance cancellations and the misbegotten cost controls in the bill would force many patients to have to scramble for other doctors, then he was remarkably incurious. In either case, his main motivation was to win the policy victory — national health care — that had eluded Bill Clinton. It would come at a cost in freedom, money, and health to millions of average persons, but that was a small price to pay for becoming a figurine on the Left’s Mount Rushmore.
Perhaps if the president like to be praised as a great leader, he can continue to be praised as a … oh, never mind.