Despite two rounds of apologies from the President and a general consensus among fact checkers that the President’s claim was false, Sen. Harry Reid went on television this week and argued that Obama’s “if you like your plan” promise was true.
Apparently, Sen. Reid is three weeks behind on his talking points. During an appearance on Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV, Reid rolled out the tired old argument that plans were cancelled because they had changed since 2010.
Reid: I still go back and say what I said earlier. What he said was true.
Reid: If you want to keep the insurance you have you can keep it. The problem is the…we, we, we did not put the bill into effect that way. There’s a lot of administrative [inaudible] kicked in. And there have been at least three changes in anyone’s policy since then. It’s not the same policy.
Reid doesn’t explain why they didn’t “put the bill into effect that way.” Why couldn’t the grandfathering rules have been looser? Was HHS acting on their own contrary to the President’s wishes? And if so, why did the President keep making the same promise after he knew the situation had changed. Remember, Obama was still promising people could keep their plans in September of 2013.
Harry Reid’s spin act seems like something from another time, a time before You Tube and hyperlinks and Twitter. Maybe 20 years ago it was possible to do a local interview and offer up spin that had already been debunked and abandoned in Washington. That doesn’t work so well anymore.