Unbelievable. Back in June 2012, PolitiFact declared that President Obama’s promise that Obamacare would not force Americans off their current plans was — wait for it — half true:

Obama has a reasonable point: His health care law does take pains to allow Americans to keep their health plan if they want to remain on it. But Obama suggests that keeping the insurance you like is guaranteed.

In reality, Americans are not simply able to keep their insurance through thick and thin. Even before the law has taken effect, the rate of forced plan-switching among policyholders every year is substantial, and the CBO figures suggest that the law could increase that rate, at least modestly, even if Americans on balance benefit from the law’s provisions. We rate Obama’s claim Half True.

Let’s go to the videotape, shall we?

We’re no PolitiFact, but we believe this would rate as “pants on fire.” Those pants are fa-LAMING!

C’mon, PolitiFact. The truth will set you free!

What a joke.

We anxiously await PolitiFact’s follow-up.

Until then:



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  • oleg zeltser

    Obama never said how much it would cost you to keep your plan/doctor. So yes you can keep them but it will cost you 100% more and up. So they did it get it half right themselves

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      And technically he never said that the law may force some plans to be illegal and new regs might force doctors into retirement or offshore practices.

    • wil_robel

      Oleg, actually, you can’t because insurance companies are canceling those policies because they aren’t in compliance with ObamaDoesn’tCare, thus throwing these poor folks onto the mercy the federal monopoly of bureaucracy.

    • Palmguy

      “My plan begins by covering every American. If you already have health
      insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is
      the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less.” -Barack Obama

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate
    • conservativechick

      Which part is half true? The part where my insurance policy was cancelled due to 50% higher cost so I can’t keep it or the part where I like it, but it doesn’t exist anymore because of all the Obama mandates, so I can’t keep it?

  • lesterwink23

    Politifact has always had a shoddy record of accuracy…just another sham operation run by liberals to distort facts

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    ‘If you like your plan, you can keep it’ PolitiFact rates as ‘half true’

    What they didn’t tell you is the true part is the first half of the sentence: You may like your plan. It’s the “you can keep it” part which was false.

    • MyrmidoNOT

      And as we are being TOLD: “You will LIKE it…”

  • RblDiver

    I dunno, I think he was telling the truth. I mean, you can keep that piece of paper you originally got, sure. That’s the plan you can keep.

    Coverage, well, that’s a whole ‘nother animal there, and he never said anything about that! He’s as honest as the day is long!!!11!1one

    • Ann Sumners


  • mbs235

    Politifact rated Rubio’s statement that 300,000 people in Florida were losing their insurance policies because of Obamacare as “mostly false,” so pretty sure they are not going to revisit this. They are just getting better, more comprehensive policies, you know. So pathetic. http://goo.gl/AMGfRa

  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    Half-white, half-true, half-hearted, there is no end to the half-@$$edness of our Community Organizer-in-Chief.

  • Mister A

    Hey guys, I’m the Incredible Hulk! #halftrue because half of the time, it’s just me and not the hulk.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Forget for a moment that they “categorize” a categorical statement which rises and falls on the totality of what is claimed– either it is true or it is not. (Sorta like being “half-pregnant.”)

    The point is that many people, who knew WTF they were talking about, were saying that such a sweeping statement couldn’t possibly be true, given the working realities of the insurance industry, but the MSM somehow never seemed to be in any haste to debunk it during the 2012 campaign– “Aww, that would be going into the weeds– eyes will glaze over– no point in boring the public…” And obviously Mitt wasn’t going to make much of an issue of “Obamnishambles,” seeing as he had “Romneyshambles” on HIS resume.

  • junkbondtrader41

    Which should tell you all you need to know about this whole enterprise of “fact checking’ by supposedly “objective” media.

    If you want to call a Dem talking point “true” to some degree, you can usually scrape together some rationale and supporting facts to do it. You can also do this in proving a GOP talking point “false.” You can also do the reverse on both of these, since talking points don’t usually make it into circulation by the parties’ messaging gurus without some grounding in fact, just as there is usually some counterpoint or added context that might weaken it.

    The question is what these “fact checkers” WANT to do. Do they want to call the Dem assertion “false” and the GOP assertion “true?”. We all know the answer to that.

  • Caleb Herod

    You can keep your plan. Just like some people kept Confederate dollars.

  • arttie

    Axelrod said that the vast number could keep their HC plans. He may have mispoke and meant to say something about a half vast number.

  • iVillageIdiot

    Technically, PolitiFact is right. You can still LIKE your old plan; you just can’t KEEP it. One out of two is, in fact, one half. You didn’t really expect this POTUS to honor the spirit of his words, did you? #liblogic

  • HARP2

    .What did Obama not know, …and when did he not know it?

  • SpaceRacer423

    This is outrageous PolitiFact.:
    Obama’s statement was 100% TRUE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    16million Americans simply needed someone “smarter” than them to let them know they didn’t really like the insurance they’re loosing.
    Know your betters people.
    Big Brother knows best.

  • Guest

    The people complaining about “loosing their coverage,” or “paying double for the same coverage,” simply don’t realize that what theyre getting is worth so much more than what theyre loosing.

    Sure you “lost money and coverage,”
    but you gained that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you help someone unable, or more likely unwilling, to help themselves.
    I personally love that feeling.
    Its why I don’t go to “licensed” massage parlors and instead pay the homeless to rub a “three day growth” beard across my bare back, shoulders and chest.
    Nothing beets that warm fuzzy feeling.

    Also “licensed” massage parlors rarely accept 1/2 a box of wine as payment.

  • Marvin Nelson

    Politifact: “No mas pantalones!” “It’s like a SAUNA in here!”

  • ceemack

    “Nazism was a good thing for the Jews.” Politifact: Half-true.

  • Maxx

    Here’s a percentage Politifact can wrap their heads around…

    …they’re half-assed half wits.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      “Half”? Aren’t you being a bit generous?

  • Chimfish

    Obama should outlaw skirt steaks. Everyone knows that fillet mignon is better.

  • CO2 Producer

    “C’mawn, let’s not mince teh words of Deer Ledur here, you guys. Is a tuff jawb.”
    –Politi-Concern Troll

  • wil_robel

    I’m surprised that the folks over at the Ministry of Truth (ie, Politifact) haven’t called these folks ‘half-truthers’.

  • HanaFiveO

    Like any good prog propaganda site, when they start out they play the middle to establish credibility. After that’s done, then they go full prog.
    Politico went full prog in 2010 IMO. The prog pretzel logic used to justify their ratings was & still is, astounding.

  • socalcon

    Paraphrased from Max of “Princess Bride”: It’s ‘mostly’ half-true.

  • ObamaFail

    I bet that if you went to politifact right now, they’d probably call the GOP pointing out the numerous people being dropped from their health insurance “mostly false.”

    • Zane Henry

      I forget his name, but a Rep from Texas’ statement about congress critters being exempted was rated PANTS ON FIRE! Because, you know, they still have to use the exchanges. They just glossed over the whole giant subsidy for people making nearly 200k a year. Can’t have our millionaire congress slugs paying for their own healthcare, let alone overpaying in order to carry several others on their backs. That’s reserved for you and me.

      YAY forced altruism!

  • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “The sycophants at Politi-Fact have their lips permanently attached to Obama’s backside.”

    Completely true according to my Reality-o-Meter.

  • Lyle E Long

    politifact should change their name to politihalfthruth

    • retired_sandman


      • TexSizzle

        The actual faux news, as opposed to the network liberals call that.

  • Emerson8

    No need to change it now. They did their duty to get their candidate reelected, so their job is done.

  • triynko

    It wasn’t a lie at all. There’s nothing about Obamacare that prevents you from keeping your current plan. Period. If your current plan doesn’t meet the minimum requirements of Obamacare, then you will effectively get a new plan, which basically IS your current plan (a set of benifits) plus additional benefits. You don’t lose anything. Obama’s point was that it’s not government-run insurance; it’s a marketplace for private insurance. And it doesn’t replace your current insurance; it just puts minimum requirements on coverage for plans. Add to that the fact that such plans tend to turn over every few years anyway, and you’d have to be an idiot to think he meant “You can keep your current plan forever, no matter what, even if it sucks and doesn’t meet the minimum requirements.” Because that’s how all these tweets are interpreting it, and they just look stupid.

    As they said here: “This all sounds very ominous until you consider that the naturally high turnover rate associated with the individual market means that it’s highly unlikely that individuals would still be enrolled in plans from 2010 in 2014.” “So yes, individuals can keep the plans they have if those plans remain largely the same. But individuals receiving cancellation notices will have a choice of enrolling in subsidized insurance in the exchanges and will probably end up paying less for more coverage. Those who don’t qualify for the tax credits will be paying more for comprehensive insurance that will be there for them when they become sick (and could actually end up spending less for health care since more services will now be covered). They will also no longer be part of a system in which the young and healthy are offered cheap insurance premiums because their sick neighbors are priced out or denied coverage. That, after all, is the whole point of reform.”

  • retired_sandman

    I rate politifact as untrue.

  • retired_sandman

    More people will lose their insurance than died in hitler’s holocaust.