On Friday Barack Obama held his last press conference for 2013
and of course it was full of many half-truths and blatant lies
making great Christmas presents for conservatives.
When he mentioned the Obamacare, he claimed that despite
challenges more than half-a-million Americans have enrolled in
healthcare through Healthcare.gov and will now have coverage.
He neglected to mention the millions of people who are losing their
coverage and face a penalty as a result of not being
covered. He also neglected to address Politifact's
biggest lie of the year, which was "If you like your healthcare
plan, you can keep it." Many Americans are struggling trying
to figure out whether or not they can keep their coverage and
whether or not they can afford they health plans decreed to be
suitable by the White House. Shame on you Mr. President for
not apologizing for your false promises, but that truly would've
been a Christmas miracle.
When asked by Jon Karl of ABC News what his biggest mistake of
2013 was, Obama claimed it was the fact that for six weeks
enrollment and website difficulties were unacceptable.
Although, he did not accept most of the blame citing that the tech
team wasn't up to date. Obama went on to say that by the end
of it all Obamacare will provide seven million people with
"healthcare that works". Interestingly enough he didn't
mention high premiums and those between 18-34 aren't enrolling,
which is crucial to the success of his signature legislation.
Obama said, "In putting something like this [Obamacare]
together, problems are going to crop up." Following that
statement, he made the claim that 85% of Americans are benefitting
from the Obamacare and that they just might not know it. How
insulting, do we the people really not know when we have been lied
to? As recent as today there is a new hardship exemption for
some that are losing their plans and are now for at least a small
time exempt from the penalty while shopping for new insurance
coverage. Thousands of cancellations as well as dropped
coverage don't equate to anyone being better off. Obamacare
is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Much of the press conference focused on the economy and how
under Obama's leadership people are now seeing "higher paychecks",
better education, and better healthcare. We at YAF are not
sure what world he is living in because many people, especially
young people are worse off than they were five years ago when he
assumed the presidency.
In conclusion, the most interesting part of the press conference
came at the end of his prepared remarks when he said "Merry
Christmas"; given all the recent assaults on free speech and the
"War on Christmas" by atheist activist groups this statement was
quite surprising. If there is one good takeaway from this
press conference, it's that Obama believes that it is politically
correct to say Merry Christmas.