Update II: The Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll has identified even more lies and misinformation from yesterday’s townhall meeting — including some of the same old, same old from Obama.
Update: To his credit, even Lefty David Sirota is upset that Obama is making “verifiably dishonest statements”. And with his false claim of AARP support, make that two big whoppers the President told yesterday.
Is there any other way to explain this than Barack Obama lied? “I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter,” the president told his staged New Hampshire townhall meeting today. Ace of Spades has full video of today’s comment against the backdrop of the video of Obama telling AFL-CIO supporters in 2003, “I happen to be a proponent of the universal, single-payer health care plan.”
If 2003 is too much ancient history for you, Jim Geraghty also brings our attention to a comment Obama made almost exactly a year ago on the presidential campaign trail, captured for posterity by the Wall Street Journal:
“If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system,” Obama told some 1,800 people at a town-hall style meeting on the economy.
I love how Geraghty concludes the post: “In related news, we have always been at war with Eastasia.”
Or as Joshua loves to remind us, “Every Obama promise comes with an expiration date.”
Rick Moore at Holy Coast also has a pithy response.
More than a little “fishy”, I think today’s statement by the president calls for an email report to firstname.lastname@example.org … Have you already snitched?
Obama is trying to rewrite history, acting as if the Internets don’t contain a record of his past public statements. Sheer arrogance would fit a pattern of behavior. It’s not like he can acknowledge reality when public opinion is arraying itself against his plan:
- Support for the Congressional health reform plan touted by Obama has reached an all-time low (42 vs. 55 opposed)
- Support for “single-payer health care” is even lower (32 vs. 57 opposed)
Did you catch that, Lefty propagandist David “I think the majority of Americans support health care reform” Sirota? Most Americans indeed may support health care reform, but it isn’t the top-down, bureaucratic, government health care reform model — especially not for the price tag it carries. I think the majority of Americans might find more appeal in consumer-friendly reforms that help reduce insurance and service costs by promoting choice and portability.
Free word of advice to the Obama administration: O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.