MSNBC contributor and Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page joined conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday and confessed that when President Obama told Americans that they would be able to keep their plans if they like them, he was fully aware he was lying about it.
President Obama said to the American People: “Here’s a guarantee that I’ve made–if you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a doctor that you like–you will be able to keep that doctor.”
Here’s another version of the promise:
“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” – President Obama in address to the American Medical Association, 2009.
Page said Obama knew “. . . there was no guarantee everybody was going to keep their insurance because people couldn’t keep their insurance under the old system.”
Hewitt asked, “He knew he was lying?”
Page replied, “Probably, probably.”
Page attempted to defended Obama saying many people will be able to keep their insurance policies and that Obama was simply being “too grandiose.” Hewitt was disturbed that this didn’t bother Page very much, but Page maintained that Obama is mostly guilty of ‘overselling’ his program.