[Ed. – No, really?]
Former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank says President Barack Obama lied to Americans about being able to keep their healthcare coverage, and he was “appalled” by the president’s inaction during the botched Obamacare rollout.
“Frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current healthcare plan, you can keep it,” Frank, a retired Democrat congressman from Massachusetts, told The Huffington Post. “That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people.”
Frank, who retired in 2013, remains a strong Obamacare supporter and has often defended Obama and his agenda. But he told The Huffington Post that he still doesn’t understand the president’s actions during the rollout.
“The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled — I don’t understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis,” Frank said.
Instead of Obama making promises that people could keep their healthcare plans, Frank said, the president should have been honest about the fact that they would have had to change because their old plans would not comply with the new government standards.
“He should have said, ‘Look, in some cases the health care plans that you’ve got are really inadequate, and in your own interests, we’re going to change them,'” Frank said. “But that’s not what he said.”