The Tampa Bay Times’ website PolitiFact has announced its 2013 “Lie of the Year,” in which President Obama told Americans “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan.”
The president’s claim, first uttered in 2009, turned out to be false when millions of Americans with health plans that didn’t meet Obamacare’s standards got cancellation notices.
“Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief,” PolitiFact wrote. “Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.”
The false claim garnered 59 percent of the vote on PolitiFact’s website.
Last year’s “award” was handed to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign for accusing the president of selling Chrysler to Italians “who are going to build Jeeps in China.”