In 2013, former president Barack Obama earned Politifact’s Lie of the Year award for saying that if people liked their health care plan, they could keep it under Obamacare. Last Friday, a federal judge ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional, and Obama is still lying.
In trying to encourage people to sign up for health insurance, Obama said that the ruling will not affect his signature legislation.
Obama’s legacy as president was mostly based on things he did through executive orders, and President Donald Trump was able to undo those things with his own executive action. Obama may have had almost all of his legacy wiped out, but at least he still had Obamacare, right? Not so much.
As Fox News reports, the last piece of Obama’s legacy was put in the recycling bin on Friday:
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was struck down by a Texas judge on Friday, a move that could suddenly disrupt the health insurance status of millions of Americans. The decision comes amid a six-week open enrollment period for the program.
Texas, along with 19 states, had argued to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor that they had been hurt by a jump in the amount of people utilizing state-backed insurance. When Congress cut the tax penalty from the program in 2017, the states claimed, it essentially undercut the Supreme Court’s reasoning for finding former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation constitutional in 2012.
“The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole,” O’Connor wrote in the decision.
Saturday was the last day for open enrollment for Obamacare, and Obama tried to save some face by encouraging people to sign up:
Yeah, he tweeted a picture of a Facebook post. As you can see, he says that the judge’s ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional will have no effect on the law. This is, of course, a lie. He’s also lying when he says, “nothing about your care will change.”
Obviously, the judge’s ruling will be challenged and this thing will eventually end up before the Supreme Court. The last time Obamacare went before the high court, pseudo-conservative Anthony Kennedy was on the bench and the law survived. He’s retired now and the Supreme Court has a true conservative majority with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, so for Obama to say Obamacare will survive is wishful thinking.
This was Politifact back in 2013:
It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system.
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” President Barack Obama said — many times — of his landmark new law.
But the promise was impossible to keep.
So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.
…PolitiFact has named “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the Lie of the Year for 2013.
With the judge’s ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional, Obama is saying the law won’t change and is assuring people that if they like their Obamacare plan, they can keep it. Same lie, different year.
Most of Obama’s legacy was done with executive orders to deny Social Security recipients their gun rights and due process, get the US involved in the Paris climate accord and terrible trade deals, and the awful Iran nuclear deal. President Trump undid all of that stuff with the stroke of his pen, and that made it so Obama had almost nothing to show for 8 years in the White House.
Now that a judge has ruled Obamacare unconstitutional, Obama truly has nothing left of his legacy. Well, nothing positive anyway. He still has Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, and all of those lies. Plus, he still has those mom jeans he’s so fond of, and no Trump executive order can take that away.