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.
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