David Lazarus's column in the Los Angeles Times examines the so-called lies that President Obama told when he promised that if you like your health care insurance policy, it won't change. Lazarus opines that he did not lie at all, but more like misspoke, omitted, or as Lazarus worded it, "to put it charitably" he "oversold" the details of the Affordable Care Act.
He explains why he and others wouldn't call that lying, but he also points out something that most commentators haven't: President Obama's critics have told a few whoppers of their own, "serious" ones, and aren't being called out for them:
[T]he shapers of the Affordable Care Act assumed that people would jump at the chance to receive better coverage at a better price.
They didn't factor in the idea that some people, because of either ignorance or stubbornness, would remain loyal to their old plans, regardless of how much they could improve things under Obamacare. [...]
So, yes, the president wasn't as clear as he should have been. You can call him a liar if you want. But I see a clear difference between not offering the full story and making stuff up out of whole cloth.
I mean, it's not as if he publicly insisted that so-called death panels would decide people's medical treatment, or that most small businesses would be crippled by the reform law or that the government is taking over the entire healthcare system.
That's what his critics have been saying.
Those are some serious lies.
And the worst part is, way too many people bought into the destructive lies told by those critics.