Now that he no longer has to worry about elections and party politics, former Congressman Barney Frank is saying he was “appalled” at President Obama for lying to Americans as he rammed Obamacare through Congress.
In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, a former House Financial Services Committee chairman, expressed his disappointment.
“The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled–I don’t understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis,” Frank said. “But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people.”
Beginning in 2009, President Obama claimed that Americans would be able to keep their doctors and insurance plans if Obamacare was passed–something Americans later learned was untrue. In fact, left-leaning Politifact awarded Obama’s claim its 2013 “Lie of the Year.”
Former Congressman Frank still supports the law, but he is critical of the manner in which it was pushed through.
“He should have said, ‘Look, in some cases the health care plans that you’ve got are really inadequate, and in your own interests, we’re going to change them.’ But that’s not what he said,” Frank stated.
Frank also said that Obama should have known better than to lie because eventually the lie would become a problem.
“My political motto, very simple,” Frank said. “I have always told the truth, and nothing but the truth. But I don’t volunteer the whole truth in every situation.”
Obamacare is still in negative territory in polling. A recent series of polls found that Americans think the law is driving up costs, is taking away choices of doctors and hospitals, and has limited the number of insurance policies. A majority of Americans still do not like the law.
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