“You didn’t hear that”: Obamacare Clarified

Americans thought they heard Barack Obama say: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.”

The president addressed supporters yesterday, and graciously explained that you didn’t hear that. What he actually said, since Day 1, was: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan; semicolon [insert conditions].”

You may feel you’ve been lied to, but before you get mad, think about the messages the President shared yesterday:

  • He isn’t responsible. The Affordable Care Act might be known as Obamacare, and Obama may be the pitch guy. But Obama never had all that much to do with it. There’s a subtle change in the President’s messaging: “my plan” has become “our plan”. “I” is now “we”.
  • “It’s the right thing to do.” This catchphrase emerges whenever the Obama administration forces something on the public. Why? Because it’s right. Don’t you want what’s right?
  • You didn’t hear that. Obama never made a blanket statement suggesting you could keep your plan if you like it. “What we said was…” You don’t remember hearing that? Well, “we” said it. You just weren’t listening.

This video contains a few examples that clearly prove the President’s point. There’s an urban legend that if you speed it up and play it backwards, you can faintly hear a voice say: “if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” It works best if you sync it up with Pink Floyd’s The Wall.


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