Barack Obama did not lie about Obamacare when he promised that everyone could keep their health care policies and doctors because he didn't know what the hell he was talking about when he (repeatedly) said it.
For an untrue statement to be a lie, it has to be made with an intent to deceive. You can't lie if you believe that what you said is the truth.
Thus it is with Obama's false promise:
No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.
It is my belief that Obama actually believed this to be true. He, like so many of his supporters, are blinded by their ideology. Reality and facts don't intrude into their utopian vision. If you disagree with their opinion, no matter how factual and logical your objections may be, you are mean and cold-hearted.
Even if Obama sees the error of what he said, he may be powerless to fix it because of his appalling incompetence and his failure to see the reality of what he was getting himself into.
Charles Krauthammer so well explained Obama's stunning naiveté:
In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Barack Obama told MSNBC's Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."
An interesting discovery to make after having consigned the vast universe of American medicine, one-sixth of the U.S. economy, to the tender mercies of the agency bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service.
In the face of the obvious and growing failures of Obamacare, 43 percent of Americans still approve of Obama's job performance and 41 percent that still approve of Obamacare, a level of endorsement that can only be explained by a staggering and stubborn loyalty to an ideology infused beyond imagination with romantic notions.
No, Obama didn't lie. He only spoke what he thought was true. And that's the scariest part.
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