I’m not sure why Barney Frank is being so honest. Is this because he is now beyond politics? Or is it because there really might be some effort by Obama’s team to promote a candidate other than Hillary Clinton and Frank is getting ready to fight on Hillary’s side?
Whatever the reason, Barney Frank is admitting that Barack Obama lied. And he is not reciting the Liberal line that it was a noble lie for the good of the country.
According to the Hill:
Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) slammed the administration’s ObamaCare rollout, calling President Obama’s claim that people could keep their insurance plans under the law a “lie.”
“The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled — I don’t understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis,” Frank said in an interview with the Huffington Post published Friday.
“But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it,” he continued. “That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people.”
Republicans have hammered the Obama administration over the botched HealthCare.gov rollout and for saying that consumers would be able to keep their health insurance plans if they liked them. Many people said their old policies had been cancelled because of the health law’s new requirements.
The administration responded to the controversy by changing rules to allow consumers to keep old plans up to 2016.
Looking at the interview at the Huffington Post, it seems that, while Frank may sound like a moral absolutist, his reasoning is more pragmatic:
Lying about how the consumer protection standards would function, Frank said, created an unnecessary circus around a program that would help people get better coverage.
“Any smart political adviser would have said, ‘Don’t lie to people, because you’re gonna get caught up in it and it’s gonna have this tsunami that you now have,'” Frank told HuffPost. “My political motto, very simple. I have always told the truth, and nothing but the truth. But I don’t volunteer the whole truth in every situation.”
My main problem with this is that I don’t understand how Obamacare would ever have gotten passed without that lie. I think Frank is conveniently forgetting that Barack Obama “needed” to lie to get his bill passed.