President Obama did his best song and dance routine on Friday as he defended Obamacare, while ducking New York Times White House reporter Jackie Calmes’ question about PolitiFact naming his ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” line as its “Lie of the Year:”
Since we’ve been looking back at the year, I’d like to ask you what your reaction was to the nonpartisan truth-telling group PolitiFact when it said that the Lie of the Year was your statement that if you like your health care plan, you can keep it?
Rather than answer the question directly, Obama said that they are going to work to make sure the law and the website work better every day. He added that despite the inevitable mistakes and problems, it was still important to make sure that people feel secure when they get sick that they won’t go broke.
Obama repeated that message in various forms throughout the press briefing, as other reporters questioned him about the failures of Obamacare.
The White House Press Corps gave Obama plenty of opportunity during the briefing to admit that he had lied to the American public about Obamacare and to come clean once and for all. Instead, he chose to perpetuate the lie by saying that it will still be good for America in the long run.