We’re making progress!
Now we know that White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services, are cynical liars who cannot be trusted. [Update: Ranking House Way and Means Democrat Sander Levin of Michigan has joined the list, adopting the Orwellian “It’s not that people are losing their healthcare plans, they are being transitioned” double-talk trotted out on “Meet the Press” by an insurance company executive.] The integrity and trustworthiness test provided by the revelation that the President’s three year, oft-repeated promise that
“If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance. This law will only make it more secure and more affordable.”
…was a calculated lie is already working like a charm!
These three were nicely outed, in addition to the proof of their own words, by Wall Street Journal blogger James Taranto. First let’s visit Jarrett, reportedly President Obama’s closest confidante who is known in Capital Hill circles as “Rasputin.” Yesterday, she tweeted: “FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.”
This is classic and obvious deceit, Washington’s favorite kind of lie, and, of course, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s native tongue, which is why Taranto properly labels the statement “Clintonian.” Obama didn’t say “Obamacare won’t force people out of their health plan.” What he said was, again, “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.” Here’s that video again…
Playing the administration’s favorite game of treating the public like uneducated fools, Jarrett (unless she is herself an uneducated fool) intentionally speaks as if transitive logical principles don’t exist. If I rob you and your house is foreclosed upon because you have no money to pay your mortgage, it is true that I didn’t take your house: the bank did that. But I created the conditions that led to the bank taking your house, and am responsible for that result. Insurance companies are changing existing plans—those plans that the President promised that we could keep—“Period”—because of the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act, which is exactly what the President said would not be the case.
Valerie Jarrett, therefore, is a liar, and we should not trust her. The fact that she advises the President may explain a lot.
Next is Maryland’s Steny Hoyer, who is second in power behind Nancy Pelosi among House Democrats. For someone (like me) who has watched Hoyer be the epitome of a slippery pol in Maryland for decades, the fact that he flunks the integrity test is hardly a revelation. Still, he signals his essential dishonesty clearly for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention.
Hoyer said regarding Obama’s promise: “I don’t think the message was wrong. I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough. . . . [It] should have been caveated with–‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do. “ Hoyer is a dim bulb, so this dumb statement isn’t even deceit. It’s insulting. Yes, Congressman, and if a visiting space alien says, “Have no fear! We mean you no harm! We come in peace! Period,” then vaporizes me when I start to speak, you would doubtlessly argue that the alien’s message was “accurate,” , it just wasn’t precise enough, ending with “Period” rather than, “unless you speak without permission, in which case we’ll kill you.”
Steny Hower is a liar, and we should not trust him. He’s the #2 Democrat in the House, remember.
That also explains a lot.
Then, finally, we come to Ms. Tavenner, head of the division of HHS responsible for the disgraceful ACA website, who testified today before the House Ways and Means Committee. Tavenner ratioanalized President Obama’s lie by saying…
“Half of the people in the individual market prior to 2010 didn’t stay on their policies.They were either kicked off for pre-existing conditions, they saw their premiums go up at least 20 percent a year, and there were no protections for them. And sometimes they were in plans that they thought were fine until they actually needed to hospitalization, and they found out it didn’t cover hospitalization [sic] or it didn’t cover cancer.”
Thus her incredible argument was that since premium increases occurred before Obamacare, it was wrong to blame any of the sudden wave of cancellations after the law kicked in on the ACA. Correctly labeling Tavenner’s spin “obviously nonsensical,” Taranto notes that “it is actually more reasonable to count all post-ObamaCare cancellations, even those that didn’t result from changes in the law, against the President, whose promise that ‘you can keep it’ was unqualified.”
Marilyn Tavenner is a liar, and we should not trust her...unless she is an idiot, and really reasons like her absurd statement would suggest. In either case, dishonest or dim, she is untrustworthy, and Tavenner is the individual the administration placed in charge of one of the key components of the new law’s operation.
That explains a lot too.
See how valuable this test is? Maybe we’ll be able to identify all the Democrats who are liars and untrustworthy!
Then we can move on to testing the Republicans. The problem is, after we’ve identified all the liars in the government, politics and the media, what will be left?
Source: James Taranto
Graphic: Romeo Tango
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