Guess who earned Politifact’s top lie of 2013?

Politifact’s top four choices for this year’s biggest lies by a U.S. political figure all involved Obamacare, but it may surprise you who made No. 1.

President Obama’s repeated mantra that Americans could keep their health care plan of choice was bad enough, but it was worse when he modified the lie with a disclaimer, Politifact’s editor told CNN.

“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,” Obama said in November, earning Politifact’s “pants on fire” distinction.

“It’s something we first flagged back in 2009,” Politifact’s editor, Angie Drobnic Holan, told CNN’s Jake Tapper Thursday. “We said this is partly right – the health care law does leave in place the existing health care system, but it’s partly wrong because we knew back then not everybody would be able to keep their health care plan, and this was the year that it was proved false as these cancellation letters when out again.”

Politifact found that Obama repeated the lie 37 times without the subsequent disclaimer, according to Drobnic.

“The original statement is partly accurate,” she said. “The lie of the year is not the most strong statement. It’s the most significant impact, and then the excuse got the ‘pants on fire’ overall.”

Other politicians whose lies rounded out the top four were U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn.; and conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

Watch the video explanation here via CNN:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • mitchie124

    The best strategy for the GOP is to grow a set and impeach Obama!

    • FirstShirt

      The fact that not one Member of any Party will take action on Obama speaks volumes on just how corrupt and worthless they ALL are.

    • Eric

      Impeachment isnt removal from office.

  • FirstShirt

    What??? Barry told a lie?

  • lewk_warm

    only 59% voted for the obamacare you can keep it lie? does that mean 41% still believe it???

    • Anna Fabian

      Not anymore, lewk! They stopped believing that when their own was cancelled!
      I know there are still some ignorant ppl out there that still believe the liar in chief!
      Funny how no dems other than o made the list but cruz and bachman did and they were two of the ones that told the truth along with palin!
      I guess this report was done by liberal leftist.
      There is no way in he** harry reid and pelosi would not have taken 2nd and 3 rd place!
      Soooo, maybe the survey was done by a liar too!

  • Jim H

    ask any IT Technician, it’s designed to fail to drop us all into a single payer system

  • http://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MIAMIGARNER miamigarner

    What puzzles me is,There not doing nothing about health care,it will basically stay the same as it always was.Except Obama will be getting billions of dollars to pilfer and make many billion disappear without being noticed so he can become a big man with the muslim brotherhood after his presidency.