Diary

Should The One be Taken at His Word on Changes to ObamaCare?

Here is the thing, when The One gave his address to the Joint Session of Congress on ObamaCare, his speech he repeatedly talked about a bill that was not the bill before Congress.

In fact, The One later admitted to then Rep. Stupak (D-MI) — who could not square what Obama said with what was in the ObamaCare legislation — that his Joint Session of Congress speech was about the ObamaCare bill that was in his head, not the one being considered by Congress. This is called a broad mental reservation. The One can do this on stage before the entire nation, the media, his political opponents and his allies. He can say anything while holding in his head a broad mental reservation.

So, with that in mind — so to speak — should The One be taken at his word about the following passage from the 2011 State of the Union:

Now, I have heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about our new health care law. (Laughter.) So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you. We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses. (Applause.)

What I’m not willing to do — what I’m not willing to do is go back to the days when insurance companies could deny someone coverage because of a preexisting condition. (Applause.)

…So I say to this chamber tonight, instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let’s fix what needs fixing and let’s move forward. (Applause.)