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New York Times editorial on Obama’s ‘if you like your plan you can keep it’ promise: He ‘misspoke’

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By Doug Powers  •  November 3, 2013 11:29 AM

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Yesterday’s New York Times editorial took a page from the head of California’s Obamacare exchange, who, in the wake of news that nearly a million people will lose their current plans in the state, said Obama’s “if you like your plan you can keep it” promise was “an inarticulate way of describing what the realities are.”

The Times simply claims Obama misspoke, and then went on to re-write what he intended to say:

Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it.

Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that. By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year. So they’ve sent cancellation notices to hundreds of thousands of people who hold these substandard policies.

These people make Chris Matthews look objective.

Also in the editorial, the board did their best impression of Julia Günthel and twisted themselves into pretzels to prove that not only did Obama “misspeak,” but that his little slip of the tongue is actually beneficial to consumers. In other words, “he didn’t lie, but even if he did you’re better off for it, so shut up.”

Obviously the intent of this promise was to get as many currently insured people as possible to believe that the passage of the ACA wouldn’t affect them in any way. Actual “journalists” might do a little digging for more background on the scheme to mislead the public, but the NYT editorial board simply submitted another application to be Jay Carney’s successor:

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Update: HealthCare.gov might be down a lot, but oddly enough MyCancellation.com works just fine. (h/t Doug Ross)

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