Michael Gaynor
Will exposure of Obamacare lies finally open enough voter eyes?
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By Michael Gaynor
November 6, 2013

Obamacare would not be the law of the land (and the national debt would be significantly less) if President Obama's lies about his ACORN ties had been generally appreciated before Election Day 2008.

The Latin legal maxim falsus in unum, falsus in omnibus means false in one thing, false in everything.

It isn't necessarily true, but more and more Americans are realizing that President Obama lied to them in pushing Obamacare through Congress and they would be smart to think about that maxim and reflect on what else he may have lied to them about.

Lloyd Marcus, in "Obama Lied, Keeping Your Plan and Doctor Died" (www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2013/11/obama-lied-keeping-your-plan-and-doctor-died/) summed it up succinctly: "President Obama said, 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period.' Obama lied. Period."

Exactly.

Marcus continued; "A 2010 IRS form confirms that to sell Obamacare, Obama shamelessly lied to the American people, promising that they could keep their health care plans and their doctors but well aware that at least 10 million Americans would not be allowed to keep either." Marcus documented that with a link to a video of Megyn Kelly brandishing a 2010 IRS form showing awareness that up to 10,000,000 people would not be able to keep their plans: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-kelly-file/index.html#http://video.foxnews.com/v/2778355757001/wh-knew-millions-would-lose-doctors-despite-obamas-promise/?playlist_id=2694949842001.

Amazingly, as Marcus noted, "Bill O'Reilly has given Obama a pass, saying that he probably did not know that Americans would lose their plan and their doctor. Hogwash!"

About that, Marcus is right. No wonder O'Reilly backed away from ACORN whistleblower Anita Moncrief's story.

National Review's Jim Geraghty, in "Obama 'Misspoke' (Lied) on Lots More than Keeping Your Plan" (http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2013/11/obama-lied-keeping-your-plan-and-doctor-died/) elaborated on Obamacare lies coming to light:

"Just for fun, let's turn the wayback machine to September 26, 2013, and take a look at how President Obama was touting the imminent debut of Healthcare.gov:

Now, five days from now – five days from now – on October 1st, millions of Americans who don't have health insurance because they've been priced out of the market or because they've been denied access because of a preexisting condition, they will finally be able to buy quality, affordable health insurance. (Applause.) In five days.

"Eh, not so much: 'The survey, conducted by nonprofit research foundation The Commonwealth Fund, found that 21 percent of adults who visited the health-insurance marketplaces said they enrolled. Of those who visited but did not enroll, 48 percent said they weren't sure they could afford a plan, 46 said they were still deciding on a plan, and 37 said they had technical difficulties with the website.'

"Back to Obama:

About 85 percent of Americans already have health insurance – either through their job, or through Medicare, or through the individual market. So if you're one of these folks, it's reasonable that you might worry whether health care reform is going to create changes that are a problem for you – especially when you're bombarded with all sorts of fear-mongering.

So the first thing you need to know is this: If you already have health care, you don't have to do anything...

"The so-called fear-mongers were right: 'At least 3.5 million Americans have been issued cancellations, but the exact number is unclear. Associated Press checks find that data is unavailable in half the states.'

Starting on Tuesday, every American can visit HealthCare.gov to find out what's called the insurance marketplace for your state. Here in Maryland, I actually think it's called MarylandHealthConnection.gov. (Applause.) MarylandHealthConnection.gov. But if you go to HealthCare.gov, you can look and they'll tell you where to go. They'll link to your state.

"An update from Maryland, October 29: 'On the same day that a top Obama administration official apologized for the troubled federal health care website, the head of Maryland's system said some state residents are still unable to complete their enrollments online.'

Now, this is real simple. It's a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance plans, side-by-side, the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak – (laughter) – same way you shop for a TV on Amazon. You just go on and you start looking, and here are all the options.

"Er . . . no. 'Both Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that the HealthCare.gov website should go offline until it is fully functional.'

So you enter in some basic information about yourself, what level of coverage you're looking for. After that, you'll be presented with a list of quality, affordable plans that are available in your area. It will say clearly what each plan covers, what each plan costs. The price will be right there. It will be fully transparent.

Before this law, only a handful of states required insurance companies to offer you instant price quotes, but because of this law, insurers in all 50 states will have to offer you instant price quotes. And so if you've ever tried to buy insurance on your own, I promise you this is a lot easier. It's like booking a hotel or a plane ticket . . .

"Er . . . no: 'Andrew Slavitt of Optum, whose company stands to make up to $85 million for its work . . . blamed a decision by CMS within two weeks of the launch to require users to fully register in order to browse for health insurance products, instead of being able to get information anonymously, as originally planned.'

Premiums are going to be different in different parts of the country, depending on how much coverage you buy. But 95 percent of uninsured Americans will see their premiums cost less than was expected...

"Er . . . no: 'Today, the Manhattan Institute released the most comprehensive analysis yet conducted of premiums under Obamacare for people who shop for coverage on their own. Here's what we learned. In the average state, Obamacare will increase underlying premiums by 41 percent.'

The insurance companies are saying these marketplaces, this law, will work. They're putting money on the line because they think it will work. Competition, choice, transparency – all these things are keeping costs down.

Knowing you can offer your family the security of health care – that's priceless. Now you can do it for the cost of your cable bill. Probably less than your cellphone bill. (Laughter and applause.) Think about that. Good health insurance for the price of your cellphone bill, or less.

"Eh. . . a lot of the uninsured are not interested yet: 'About 17 percent of people who don't have health insurance actually tried to buy some on the new marketplaces in October, a new survey published Monday indicates... Health officials have made clear the frustrations will not be completely over for anyone, even by the end of the month. The troubled website crashed again Monday, its third complete outage in just over a week. But this time, technicians were able to get it up and running again after 90 minutes.'

"In other Obamacare news, down in North Carolina: 'Blue Cross Blue Shield has more than 3.7 million customers in our state, but internal emails obtained by WNCN show that as of last Friday, only one person had enrolled for health insurance through the Exchange and that person hasn't paid... According to those emails, less than 1,000 people even filled out applications as of Oct. 25.'"

Obamacare would not be the law of the land (and the national debt would be significantly less) if President Obama's lies about his ACORN ties had been generally appreciated before Election Day 2008.

As I wrote in "Does NYT Know MORE About Obama/ACORN?" (The New York Times and put an end to Obama's presidential aspirations.

"Obama during the last of the three presidential debates:

'...with respect to ACORN, ACORN is a community organization. Apparently what they've done is they were paying people to go out and register folks, and apparently some of the people who were out there didn't really register people, they just filled out a bunch of names.

'It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved. The only involvement I've had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.'

"That was NOT Obama's only involvement with ACORN, and he very well knows it.

"ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now">www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=0810200:

"...timely voter appreciation of the Obama/ACORN relationship and the fact that Obama brazenly lied about it in the last presidential debate will thwart the will of The New York Times and put an end to Obama's presidential aspirations.

"Obama during the last of the three presidential debates:

'...with respect to ACORN, ACORN is a community organization. Apparently what they've done is they were paying people to go out and register folks, and apparently some of the people who were out there didn't really register people, they just filled out a bunch of names.

'It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved. The only involvement I've had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.'

"That was NOT Obama's only involvement with ACORN, and he very well knows it.

"ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
) is Obama's Achilles heel."

Marcus lamented:"Okay, so Obama got caught lying to the American people again. So what? Nothing will happen. Like Michael Jackson's famous line in his 'Thriller' video, 'I'm not like other guys' – and Obama is not like other presidents. Even after five years of lies and the display of less than admirable character, it is still unacceptable to oppose, challenge, or criticize the first black president.

"Frustratingly, I have been like the kid in back of the classroom frantically raising his hand, jumping up and down with excitement, eager to give the correct answer, only to be ignored by the teacher. For years, I have tried to sound the alarm about Obama's lies and character flaws...and I've been scolded for being a crazed Tea Party zealot and told to lighten up on the rhetoric. Editors, publishers, reporters, conservatives, and Republicans are still extremely timid about honestly accessing Obama the man.

"The American people are suffering the consequences of media and politician's cowardice, racism, and shirking of responsibility.

"For crying out loud, the bombshell that the president of the United States got caught inflicting unnecessary pain on the American people during the government shutdown to create bad press for Republicans should have sparked national outrage. For the most part, the story received little more than a yawn...."

Marcus concluded: "So now the media is all abuzz over Obama's latest whopper: Obamacare allows you to keep your health care plan and your doctor. Word on the street is that this is the big one. This time Obama will pay a severe political price for lying. I pray that these predictions are correct."

Of course, we should pray for that.

We need to do more too.

It's time to scrutinize President Obama and expose ALL his lies, whether Bill O'Reilly ehlps or not!

For heaven's sake, America is at stake.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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