On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), in a speech at the Heritage Foundation said that “It might be the biggest lie of the century to say ‘if you like your doctor, you can keep him or her.” President Obama made this claim repeatedly on the campaign trail. At the end of 2013, liberal “fact-checker” PolitiFact called it the “lie of the year.” It is likely to haunt Democrats in November.
Senator Paul was speaking at the 20th anniversary of the Index of Economic Freedom. The Index is a joint publication of The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. The news today from the Index is that the United States has dropped, for the first time, out of the list of the top ten countries as measured by economic freedom. The United States has been in decline since the end of the Bush Administration and has dropped every year President Obama has been in office. ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank and TARP are strong factors in lowering the score of the United States below Canada, Chile and Hong Kong.
We are below Canada.
It turns out that the implied claim, “if you like your economic system, you can keep it” was also a lie.