Obama’s half-hearted apology to Americans losing health plans

Barack Obama

Are you one of the millions of Americans losing your health plan, even if President Obama said you could keep it under his healthcare law? Well, he’s sorry that you believed him when he said it.

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” President Obama told NBC’s Chuck Todd during an interview on Thursday.

“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this,” he added.

It’s a half-hearted apology, considering that President Obama still didn’t admit that he lied to Americans when he promised, at least three-dozen times, that they could keep their health plan, nor has he admitted when tried to revise history by lying about the lie.

In fact, President Obama chalks it all up to not being clear when he and his administration tried to communicate the message. “I regret very much that what we intended to do, which is to make sure that everybody is moving into better plans because they want them, as opposed to because they’re forced into it,” he said. “That, you know, we weren’t clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that we taking place.”

Like White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said earlier this week, it was a lack of clear messaging, not a lie. That’s disingenuous. Again, President Obama unambiguously said on multiple occasions that Americans could keep their health plans. “Period,” he said. “End of Story.”

President Obama did say that he’s assigned some members of his staff to look at what his administration can do to “close some of the holes and gaps in the law.” Whether that’s just another empty talking point or indication that he would be open to legislation filed in both chambers of Congress to ensure that Americans can keep their health plans remains to be seen.

The full interview is below, but it’s most the same drivel Americans have heard from the White House and administration officials for weeks:


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