They’re still coming up with excuses and trying to explain what Obama really meant when he said that if you liked your plan, you could keep it. Melissa Harris-Perry recently remarked that what Obama meant was that people wouldn’t like their current plan. So, he was saying in effect, “If you like your current plan, which you won’t, then you can keep it.” A bit of a stretch if you ask me.
Now, Feinstein has chimed in with her 2 cents and offering her own excuse for one of Obama’s “misstatements.” She said that it was her understanding that you could keep your plan until the healthcare law took effect. Here was her exchange with Bob Schieffer on CBS’s Face the Nation. From CNS News:
Bob Schieffer: The president said in the beginning that one thing was that if you liked the health care program you had, you could keep it. We now know there was debate within the administration before he said that as to whether that was actually a promise that could be kept. Should the president not have made that statement?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Well, as I understand it, you can keep it up to the time – and I hope this is correct, but this is what I’ve been told – up to the time the bill was enacted, and after that, it’s a different story. That part of it, if true, was never made clear.
The truth is that the President lied. Is that so hard to admit? Politicians always lie to get elected and re-elected. They’ll say anything. It’s like what Pedro told the student audience in his campaign speech for class president in the movie Napoleon Dynamite: “If you vote for me, all of your wildest dreams will come true.” And it worked.
That’s all Obama has been saying, in different words, over and over again, never actually intending to follow through.
Politicians are not leaders anymore. They’re professional speech-readers. They’re actors. They’re welfare salesmen. As long as they keep handing out “bread and circuses” and ear candy, people will keep voting them into power.