Do Promises Matter?

Here’s a short list of what Obama has said to people who like their doctors and present insurance policies. Time, however, will erase the memory of most of these.


But not for me…


Oct. 7, 2008 (during a presidential debate against John McCain at Belmont Univ. in Nashville):


“Let me just repeat, if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it.”


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June 15, 2009  (From a speech to the American Medical Association as the health care bill is being written):

“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”  (emphasis ours)

March 3, 2010  (From a White House speech calling for a vote on the health care bill)

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

Sept. 29, 2010  (From a comment made at an event in Des Moines, Iowa)

“There’s nothing in the bill that says you have to change the health insurance that you’ve got right now.”

June 28, 2012  (A remark made after the Surpreme Court upheld much of the health care law)

“If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your insurance.” *

The Washington Post has a “fact checker” column.  3 Pinocchios represent “significant factual errors.  For Obama’s words on health care they have awarded 4 Pinocchios. (4 is for “whoppers”)



* Many have reported Obama’s statements. My collection comes from a late October issue of Time.