In case you’re keeping score of the number of lies and half-truths Barack has told in jockeying for the passage, the implementation, and now the delay of his health care reform law, here is a flashback you might enjoy revisiting.
The date is Aug. 21, 2008. The place is Chester, Va. The occasion is a town hall meeting. Here is then-Sen. Barack Obama:
[To achieve health care reform,] I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.