Obama's Claim "You Can Keep Your Plan" Wins PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" Award

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the error-plagued launch of the Affordable Care Act's online enrollment website in the Rose Garden of the White House October 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, the president was joined by 'consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists who have either benefitted from the health care law already or are helping consumers learn about what the law means for them and how they can get covered. 'Despite the new health care law's website problems, Obama urged Americans not to be deterred from registering for Obamacare because of the technological problems that have plagued its rollout.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama's Claim "You Can Keep Your Plan" Wins PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" Award

The president's health-plan claim that you can keep your plan beat nine other nominees.

Published December 13, 2013

"If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," a claim President Obama made repeatedly to encourage the American public to embrace the Affordable Care Act, turned out to be not true. After the controversial law's roll out in October, millions of people began receiving cancellation notices.

That is the primary reason why the claim is the winner of PolitiFact's 2013 "Lie of the Year" award. In a separate online survey, readers "overwhelmingly agreed" with PolitiFact's choice.

"Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief," wrote PolitiFact editor Angie Drobnic Holan. "Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology."

The apology, delivered during an NBC News interview, came after Obama and administration officials revised their pitch to state that "what we said was you can keep it if it hasn't changed since the law passed."

The Pulitzer Prize-winning website has been giving out the award since 2009. In 2012 it went to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for his claim that Chrysler was moving jobs from Ohio to China.

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(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Written by Joyce Jones


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