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Politifact awards ‘Lie of the Year’ to Obama

The fact-checking Web site Politifact has named President Obama's claim that people could keep their health insurance plans if they liked them its "Lie of the Year."

Obama in recent years has repeated some variation of the following phrase: "If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it." The problem was, it wasn't true, as millions of Americans with health plans that didn't meet Obamacare's standards got cancellation notices.

Wonkblog's Sarah Kliff explains why a lot of people's health insurance policies might get cancelled. (The Washington Post)

"Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief," the Web site wrote. "Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology."

Obama, of course, was hardly the only Democrat to make the claim. But he made it repeatedly and had a bigger bullhorn than anybody else.

Last year, Politifact gave the dubious award to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign for suggesting that Jeep was moving its production lines to China.

In 2011, Democrats were given the award for their claim that Republicans were trying to "end Medicare."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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