Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Romney Tells The Truth About An Obama Lie

The campaign of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is trying to nail President Obama for making an iffy promise during the 2008 campaign — that premiums will be $2,500 lower under his health care plan. Instead, the Romney campaign argues in an effort to create a viral Facebook post, the swing has gone $4,893 the other way.
 The Romney graphic is false on several levels, though Obama certainly left himself open to scrutiny with imprecise language in the 2008 campaign.
Oh, it was "imprecise language," not yet another falsehood spewing from Obama's lips.
Kessler then doubles down on his deceit by explaining that the Romney campaign shouldn't hold Obama accountable for what he said, but what he meant: [emphasis is mine]
The Romney campaign cites a statement from a 2007 speech by Obama, but it’s a pledge that was repeated often: “When I am president, we will have universal health care in this country by the end of my first term in office. It's a plan that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family's premiums by $2,500 a year.”
This particular quote is not very clear on when the savings would be realized, but in another speech, in 2008, Obama suggested it would be at the end of his first term — though to be fair, it is not clear if he is talking about the savings or enacting a new health care law[.]
Kessler later says Obama eventually cleared it up with a campaign memo you can bet no voter ever read.


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