Here was the President in February 2010:
"Actually, any insurance that you currently have would be grandfathered in so you could keep. And so you could decide not to get in the exchange the better plan -- I could keep my Acme insurance, just a high-deductible catastrophic plan -- I would not be required to get the better one. If I chose to get the better one, it would be 14 to 20 percent cheaper than if I were going into the individual market. I just wanted to clarify that issue."
(start watching around 1:12:48)
Every word of it was pure fantasy. He's a smart guy. There's no way he
said this out of naivete or any other form of sincere belief. He knew
this was BS. He knew that for a lot of people, this was not going to be
true, because the whole system is built upon forcing young and healthy
people to pay more for their health plans. If you are young and healthy,
and had a "bare bones" plan because it was a more efficient health care financial plan than wasting a bunch of money on more insurance than you need,
your ability to keep your plan was doomed under the structure of
Obamacare, and you were destined to have to pay more going forward. In
some cases, a lot more.
"No matter what you heard" ... unless you heard something truthful and thorough.
"Let me repeat this" ... because if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
"Let me be perfectly clear" ... not honest, but clear.
"We will keep this promise to the American people" ... or else we will apologize and that will be that.
I hope I never hear Barack Obama try to assure me that if I like my spouse and want to keep my spouse, I can keep my spouse.