The questions for scandal-plagued presidential administrations since the days of Watergate have always been “What did he know?” and “When did he know it?” If you trust Barack Obama to tell the truth (and if you do, have we got a bridge to sell you!), he learned only within the last month or so that millions of Americans would receive cancellation notices from their health insurers despite his promises to the contrary.
The president even said on Thursday, during his “confessional” interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd:
I am sorry that they [Americans who are losing or have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare] are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.
He never apologized per se for repeating at least 36 times that if you liked your health care, you could keep your health care, but at least he admitted that he had assured Americans of as much and now regretted having done so.
Imagine how awful it would look if someone dredged up video of him acknowledging as early as February 2010 — before the bill had even been passed into law — that 8 to 9 million Americans will in fact lose coverage. Now watch the video below (h/t “Special Report with Bret Baier”):
Defenders and Obama himself will sputter, “But, but … he does explain that these people will get a better deal through the exchanges.” That has not turned out to be the case, but even if it were, it hardly excuses the fact that he lied — and lied repeatedly — to the American people. Will we, the people, accept this lying down?