Shape-shifters on the left find a scapegoat for Obama’s lie

Shape-shifters on the left find a scapegoat for Obama’s lie

Valerie Jarret tweetWell, that was quick. Confirmation from the MSM that the president lied when he claimed Americans would be able to keep their health plans under Obamacare is scarcely a news cycle old. But alchemists on the left, both inside the White House and out, have already managed to find someone else to blame for this scandal.

Sam Stein, of the Huffington Post, tweeted earlier this afternoon:

I stipulate obama misled. Sill, honestly curious. How much blame for the premium hikes should go to the insurance companies themselves?

Stein should have consulted White House flack and longtime Obama soul-mate Valerie Jarrett, who tweeted the following last night:

FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.

So there you are, Sam. The answer to your question is “100%.” In fact, it gets better. Not only does Jarrett absolve Obama of any guilt for lying by laying the blame at the feet of free market entrepreneurs. She is actually claiming that he didn’t lie.

James Taranto weighed in on Jarrett’s quote this afternoon. He wrote:

The latter sentence is true if you construe it with a Clintonian literalism. In every case in which ‘change is required,’ it is also true that ‘insurance companies change existing plans.’ But the former sentence is a brazen falsehood. Insurance companies are changing existing plans because ObamaCare forces them to.

Don’t think for a minute that you’ve heard the last of this. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent is already on the case, attempting to spin Obama’s latest fail into gold by quoting Igor Volsky of Think Progress, who came up with this gem:

Individuals receiving cancellation notices will have a choice of enrolling in subsidized insurance in the exchanges and will probably end up paying less for more coverage. Those who don’t qualify for the tax credits will be paying more for comprehensive insurance that will be there for them when they become sick (and could actually end up spending less for health care since more services will now be covered). They will also no longer be part of a system in which the young and healthy are offered cheap insurance premiums because their sick neighbors are priced out or denied coverage. That, after all, is the whole point of reform. [Emphasis added]

The highlighted portion of the quote seems like so much wishful thinking, as does Volsky/Sargent’s bottom line, i.e., no one is really “losing” insurance.

Just their minds.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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