Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., created an outcry in September 2009 when he blurted out “You lie!” at President Barack Obama while he discussed health care reform before Congress.
Wilson may have been off base on the particular claim on which he challenged Obama, but it turns out he was ahead of the curve. A host of statements by Obama since his first campaign for president up through this past month have been proven to be false or completely contradictory to earlier statements.
The public has caught up to Wilson, as well. Sixty-one percent of voters said in a Fox News poll that they believe Obama lies “most” or “some” of the time on important issues. On everything ranging from Obamacare to Syria to Fast & Furious to Benghazi, the fact-checkers have agreed.
Feb. 26, 2008
“What I’ve said is, at the point where I’m the nominee, at the point where it’s appropriate, I will sit down with John McCain and make sure that we have a system that works for everybody.”
Obama said this while being challenged by the late Meet the Press host Tim Russert during a Democratic primary debate with Hillary Clinton. Obama had written in 2007 that if he were to capture the nomination, he would “aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”
In the end, Obama did not “keep the money out” of politics, recognizing that he would have far more cash on hand from his private contributions and choosing to not participate in the general election’s public financing system.
PolitiFact rated this a “Full Flop.”
Feb. 28, 2008
“There’s a slight difference, and her plan is a good one. But, she mandates that everybody buy health care. She’d have the government force every individual to buy insurance and I don’t have such a mandate because I don’t think the problem is that people don’t want health insurance, it’s that they can’t afford it.”
While discussing the differences between his and Clinton’s health care planswith comedian Ellen Degeneres, Obama asserted that he did not need a “mandate” on the people to purchase health insurance for his policy to work, saying “it would be like forcing the homeless to buy homes.”
A mandate, however, ultimately proved to be a central tenet of the Affordable Care Act, more popularly referred to as Obamacare. It’s also proven to be a flexible part of the law too; Obama’s individual and employer mandates have been delayed multiple times for political cover. Maybe Obama is returning to his earlier view.
Oct. 7, 2008 – Oct. 25, 2013
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”
In what will likely go down as the most infamous words of his presidency, Obama made some variation of this promise about Obamacare starting in 2008 and did not let up until its disastrous launch in October of 2013.
He made it in debates against John McCain and Mitt Romney, campaign rallies, town hall meetings, and weekly video addresses. It was a very good selling point, if it turned out to be true. After all, the majority of Americans were already insured and many of them liked their policies.
Then the cancellations began flooding in as insurance companies told their slack-jawed customers their plans no longer complied with federal regulations. The president’s approval rating went into free fall, and he actually apologized, rather passively, in an interview with Chuck Todd last November.
The same went for Americans who also lost their choice of doctor due to provisions of Obamacare, also despite the White House’s assurances to the contrary.
PolitiFact named this the “Lie of the Year” for 2013.
Read the rest of the report here.
Published with permission from Washington Free Beacon.