Bill Maher had to correct Democratic National Chair and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz when she insisted that President Obama did not lie when he repeatedly told the public that “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,”
“It was a bad week for the president, let’s be honest here,” Maher said on HBO’s “Real Time Friday. “We’re not like them, we don’t live in the bubble. It was a bad week. It looks like he [the president] told a lie. I think he kinda did,” he said before throwing out his question.
“Is a lie justified if it’s for something good?” he asked. “And if he hadn’t told that lie, could Obamacare have been passed?”
Wasserman Schultz, who has a reputation for living in an alternate reality, maintained Obama didn’t lie.
“It was not a lie, let’s just be very clear. When the president and myself and every other Democrat talked about that if you like your health care you can keep it, that was referring to the overwhelming majority of Americans who had health care,” she said. “The reality of Obamacare is, not only are they able to keep their health care, but it is very likely going to cost less and have better benefits.”
“Some people can’t. Come on, let’s be honest. Obamacare says basically if you have a really crappy plan, you can’t keep it. That’s the truth,” he insisted. “To me, that is a lie.”
It was also a lie to The Washington Post, who awarded the president four Pinocchios, something it reserves for only the most whopper-ridden, pants-on-fire falsehoods.
Watch the exchange below.
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