Among the more shameful things President Obama has said (high up there in a very long list) is this:
[T]he American people — those who got cancelation notices do deserve and have received an apology from me, but they don’t want just words.
And by the way, I think it’s very important for me to note that, you know, there are a whole bunch of folks up in Congress and others who made this statement…
But even he—even George Washington Obama, Harry Reid chopped down the cherry tree—knew that wouldn’t fly. The full quote:
And by the way, I think it’s very important for me to note that, you know, there are a whole bunch of folks up in Congress and others who made this statement, and they were entirely sincere about it. And the fact that you’ve got this percentage of people who’ve had this, you know, impact — I want them to know that, you know, their senator or congressman, they were making representations based on what I told them and what this White House and our administrative staff told them, and so it’s not on them, it’s on us.
That can’t be right. Congress writes the laws, no? How could they be blameless for a law they wrote and passed? In that quaint charter of “negative liberties”, Article One, Section One states: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” “Legislative Powers” would include legislation, wouldn’t they? I think? Maybe?
Besides, in this singular, unique, lone, solitary, rara avis, sui generis occasion, Obama is right:
How many Democrats made the promise? There’s no comprehensive list of all of them, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office has compiled a list of 27 Democratic senators who pledged that Americans could keep their coverage under Obamacare. The list includes the entire Democratic leadership in the Senate as well as Democrats facing tough re-election races in 2014, like Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, and Kay Hagan.
It’s time to break out Sarah Palin’s target map!
Oh sorry! Was my “rhetoric” too “eliminationist” for you? Let’s hear a few Dead Congressmen Walking in their own words:
SEN. HARRY REID (D-Nev.): “In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)
SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: “We believe — and we stand by this — if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward.” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/29/09)
SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-Mont.): “That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it.” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)
SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-Colo.): “We should begin with a basic principle: if you have coverage and you like it, you can keep it. If you have your doctor, and you like him or her, you should be able to keep them as well. We will not take that choice away from you.” (Sen. Bennet, Press Release, 6/11/09)
They “believed” in the “central premise”, the “basic principle”, even “core principle” that you could keep your plan, your doctor. Unless Obama had his hand up the behinds of these sock puppets, contorting their lips to say these wretched falsehoods, they all lied to you.
They lied, and they lied, and they lied, and they lied. And then they lied some more. Their contempt for you oozes from every pore. For many of you, so does mine.