8:43 AM, Nov 18, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The big topic of discussion on the Sunday shows was, of course, Obamacare. And the big challenge for supporters of the president, and his signature program, was to parse the language of “If you like your plan …” so as to make it mean something other than what millions reasonably assumed it meant.
That way, the president wouldn’t have been willfully saying something that was untrue for the sake of political advantage. Heaven forfend.
One of the more adroit jobs of twisting the language was brought off by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who appeared on ABC’s This Week and said, essentially, that she, like everyone else on the inside, knew what the president’s assertion actually meant was that millions of people would not be able to keep their plans and their doctors.
... we all knew. The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy. How many women, the minute they get pregnant, might have risked their coverage, how many women paid more because of their gender because they might get pregnant? Those are the reforms that we have to fix,” she added.
Evidently it never occurred to the senator that there might be people out there – some of her constituents among them – who would take the president’s words to mean … well, that they could actually keep their plans and their doctors.
The president should, Senator Gillibrand said, “have just been more specific.”
Actually, it might have been better if he had been less specific. The president’s words, spoken over and over, were pretty much unequivocal. And for those who were still uncertain, he would often append the word “period.”
In the same way that Senator Gillibrand inserts the word “just” into her statement, implying that the whole thing was a minor slip up. A detail. After all, “we” understood what the president meant.
So that seems to be their story and one suspects that they’ll be sticking to it.
5:52 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA
The full reality of what Obamacare will mean for average Americans is only now becoming clear as the crisis over cancelled insurance plans in the individual market has steadily unfolded in recent days.
7:27 AM, Oct 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night, Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced the "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." The goal is simple: To allow people who like their health care plans to keep them for the next year under Obamacare.
2:05 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
On the very day the Obamacare insurance marketplaces opened for business, a new topic appeared on the HealthCare.gov website:
Flashback: "If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor," Obama said.9:12 AM, Jul 19, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
As Obamacare was being pushed through Congress in 2010, the Obama administration and its allies were unequivocal in two claims: If you like your doctor and you like your current health care plan, you can keep them both.
"He ought to be embarrassed."9:39 AM, Nov 30, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, revealed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he “burst into laughter” when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined President Barack Obama's fiscal cliff plan yesterday. McConnell believes the plan is "completely unserious."
6:31 PM, Nov 29, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, responds to reports of Barack Obama's fiscal cliff "plan" by calling it a "fabrication."
7:39 AM, Oct 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
11:06 AM, Aug 11, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Mitt Romney, the cautious candidate, wary of being specific, and counting on the bad economy to defeat President Obama – forget all that! The Romney who picked Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate is an entirely different person. He’s prepared to take the fight to Obama on the biggest bundle of issues – spending, debt, the deficit, taxes, entitlements, and the reversing of America’s accelerating decline under Obama. Specifics? There will be plenty.
11:00 AM, Sep 20, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that, by a margin of 20 percentage points (56 to 36 percent), Americans support the repeal of Obamacare. This marks the first time since the spring of 2010, shortly after Obamacare’s passage, that 3-straight Rasmussen polls have shown at least 20-point margins in favor of repeal.
In 2009, the president derided Republicans as unserious for not having a budget. So why won't the president release a debt plan now? 2:35 PM, Jul 26, 2011 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The White House briefing room is often known as the place where news goes to die. Reporters try hard to get the press secretary to “make news” – or say something useable for their television/radio/print/web stories of the day. They often fail, in part because the job of the press secretary, in many respects, is to avoid doing exactly what the reporters in the room are trying to get him to do – make news. Every once in a while, though, there is an exchange in the White House briefing room that provides clarity on a major issue of the day.
A GOP candidate’s speech.Jul 18, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 41 • By CHESTER E. FINN JR. & MICHAEL J. PETRILLI
The Republican presidential field is beginning to take shape, and candidates and maybe-candidates are figuring out where they stand and what to say. Sooner or later, they will need to say something about education. May we suggest a few talking points?