President Obama continued his tradition of blatantly lying to the American people about ObamaCare during his press conference Wednesday and the Washington Post Factchecker has called him out on it giving him 3 Pinocchios.
But it wasn’t just WaPo’s Glenn Kessler – BS meters were going off all across the nation when the president tried to claim that ObamaCare has led to lower increases in health care costs – a bogus claim the Regime has been making all year.
“Health care inflation has gone down every single year since the law [the Affordable Care Act] passed, so that we now have the lowest increase in health care costs in 50 years–which is saving us about $180 billion in reduced overall costs to the federal government and in the Medicare program,” said Obama during his November 5 news conference.
When making a claim like this, the president needs to get his statistics right. He is trying to say that Obamacare is responsible for the slowdown in health-care costs, without directly saying so. But he should acknowledge that although the overall trend is positive, the impact of his health-care law remains unclear. Uttering this claim without any caveats is going too far, even when making allowances for the fact he is speaking extemporaneously. The president earns Three Pinocchios.
Hit the link for Kessler’s point by point refutation.
A couple of weeks ago on Fox News’ Special Report, conservative pundit George Will noted that because of the president’s constant prevarications, distrust of Obama “permeates everything.”
“The president keeps saying ‘trust us,’” Will continued. “Well, it’s a little late in the game for that. The president who says ‘trust us’ is the one who said an internet video caused the Benghazi attack. The president who says ‘trust us’ says there’s not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS, and it’s the president who said ‘if you like your health care plan you can keep it, period.’ It’s late in the game to hermetically seal the one portion of the government that people are going to trust. Distrust permeates everything.”
Obama’s continued propensity to fudge the facts only exacerbates an already unfortunate situation.