John Hinderaker @ Powerline lays it out for all to see.
Many conservatives are exulting over an exchange between Major Garrett of CBS and President Obama during today’s press conference. Garrett called Obama on his “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” lie, and asked whether the American people aren’t owed greater accountability. He also asked about Obama’s apparent ignorance of the problems with the Obamacare web site. Obama’s answers were weak, to say the least. But what I want to focus on here is the fact that that Obama answered the question about “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” by repeating the lie that the issue of policy cancellations relates only to the individual insurance market, which serves around 5% of the population. Obama makes this claim very clearly; there is no ambiguity in his answer.The 5% lie that Obama knew was a lie way back in 2010!
Yet Garrett’s question referred specifically to the Obama administration’s acknowledgement in the Federal Register that millions would lose their current coverage within the first year of Obamacare because their policies would not be grandfathered under the administration’s regulations. This chart comes from the Federal Register of June 17, 2010; Republicans should put it on billboards everywhere. It clearly shows that the administration intended for its own regulations to result in 51% of all “employer plans” being cancelled. That is the middle estimate, with 69% of all employer-sponsored plans the high estimate:I can only imagine the