August 2, 2017

Krugman’s Latest Howler: Obama Admin Was ‘Remarkably Honest About Its Policies’

It’s clear that Paul Krugman at the New York Times could hardly wait to submit his latest column, a Monday polemic which predictably celebrated Republicans’ recent failure to roll back Obamacare. Krugman ventured even further into the realm of fantasy than usual when he conferred nearly angelic status on former President Barack Obama and his administration. His claim: “The Obama administration was remarkably clearheaded and honest about its policies” — particularly in regards to Obamacare.

Krugman described the Obamacare repeal failure as “the culmination of a process of (Republican) intellectual and moral deterioration that began four decades ago.” This then gave him a chance to put forth his favorite and hopelessly tired decades-old bromide, which is his obsessively wrong critique of supply-side economics, which has in fact been fabulously successful when properly implemented.

The full paragraph about the Obama administration’s honesty came near the end of Krugman’s column, and reads as follows:

Democrats aren’t above cutting a few intellectual corners in pursuit of electoral advantage. But the Obama administration was, when all is said and done, remarkably clearheaded and honest about its policies. In particular, it was always clear what the A.C.A. (Affordable Care Act) was supposed to do and how it was supposed to do it — and it has, for the most part, worked as advertised.

Sticking to Obamacare, Obama and his administration weren’t at all honest about it. The entire lead-up to its drafting and passage is a textbook saga of false advertising, false claims, and deception from beginning to end. Though it’s more than a little tiresome to go through this litany, it’s apparently necessary, because the left lionizes Krugman.

Barack Obama told America in various but consistent statements that “if you like your health care plan (or your doctor, health care service provider, or drug regimen), you can keep it (or them)” no fewer than 36 times:

Even the far-left Politifact couldn’t stomach this pack of lies, and labeled Obama’s accumulated statements their “Lie of the Year” in 2013.

During the 3-1/2 years the Affordable Care Act has been in force, millions of Americans have lost their existing individual-plan insurance — in many instances, several times. In 2018, 1,332 U.S. counties nationwide — roughly 42 percent of all counties and equivalent entities — will have only one Obamacare health plan available for those who aren’t covered under employer arrangements, Medicare or Medicaid. 40 counties will have no plan available whatsoever.

The truth, contrary to Obama’s “Lie of the Year” claim, has turned out to be, “If you liked your plan, or doctor, or provider, or drug regimen, the odds are very high that you’ve lost one or more of them as a result of Obamacare — and even if you have a plan, you’ll have to spend thousands of dollars of your own money before coverage kicks in.”

There are several other obvious lies associated with Obamacare. Several of them are identified here:

  • “We’re going to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year.”
  • “No family making less than $250,000 a year will see their taxes increase.”
  • “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits, now or in the future.”
  • “I will sign a universal healthcare bill into law … that covers every American.”
  • And finally, per Obama, the law is working “better than expected.”

None of these statements are even remotely true. Premiums have increased by double-digits virtually across the board, with many having doubled or more in just four years; the ACA contained 18 tax increases, many of which hit the middle class; the latest Government Accountability Office estimated that Obamacare would add trillions of dollars to budget deficits over the next decade;  the ACA is not “universal” and was never intended to be; and premiums for people in their 50s and 60s are so high that hundreds of thousands if not millions of them who previously had some form of insurance can’t afford to buy it.

In sum, the law is not working “better than expected,” and this is not how Obamacare was “advertised.”

Krugman’s crummy column is what is far worse than advertised. He surely knows who Jonathan Gruber is, and he surely knows that in 2014 Gruber admitted that Obamacare was dishonestly sold to the American people from the get-go:

Obamacare Architect: Yeah, We Lied to The “Stupid” American People to Get It Passed

Here’s the video which proves that Gruber knows that Obamacare’s proponents were lying:

As Katie Pavlich at Townhall wrote in November 2014, Gruber was essentially saying that, in her words, “purposely lying about what the law actually in order to get it passed is completely acceptable, regardless of the negative effects it has on the lives of Americans.”

Thus, in barely more than two weeks, but certainly not for the first time, the New York Times has achieved the trifecta:

  • Fake News — as seen in this NewsBusters post, “NY Times Story Ties Trump(!) to Dems’ IT Scandal”
  • Fake Analysis — as seen in this NewsBusters post, “NY Times Strikes Out in Claiming Conservative ‘Veneration’ For Putin”
  • And now, Krugman’s Fake History.

As to Krugman’s general assessment of the Obama administration’s honesty, there are so many examples of dishonesty that it would take a book to compile them.

Fortunately, a gentleman nicknamed Dan from Squirrel Hill has done that. At his blog, he has presented “1,342 well-sourced examples of Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.” It’s also a Kindle book anyone can (and absolutely should) download at

Dn’s book goes through Christmas of last year. Given the Obama administration’s scandalous behavior during the Trump transition, it’s clear that even Dan’s exhaustive and exhausting list isn’t complete.

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  1. Maybe now that Obama is out of office, they can be remarkably clear and honest about the LA Times interview with Obama that somehow isn’t news worthy.

    LA Times: Why We Won’t Release The Khalidi Video

    2003 tapes of Barack Obama at an event honoring Palestinian anti-Israel radical Rashid Khalidi.

    I’m curious was it open and honest declaration of intent about the M.E. as Obama’s statement that he intended to bankrupt the coal companies?

    If so, it would document that Obama intended genocide as occurred in Syria.

    Comment by dscott — August 2, 2017 @ 11:34 am

  2. Re LA Times: Don’t hold your breath.

    Comment by Tom — August 2, 2017 @ 11:48 am

  3. To this day I remained stunned that no one separates Obamacare’s mandates and the exchange system from the Medicaid expansion. They are completely different.

    Medicaid expansion is not some great nuanced plan to improve health insurance coverage. It’s simply adding more people to bad government insurance. It was never done before because it would bankrupt the states. So the fed said they would pay for most of it, by borrowing money from … the very people in those states (and their children). That is not a plan. That is a shell game.

    When discussing what Obamacare does, subtract Medicaid expansion. This is now fed government blackmail, as some states did not expand. All of the others are glad to take their tax dollars, and then criticize them. To quote Colonel Jessup, I would prefer they just said Thank You.

    Comment by Jim — August 2, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

  4. Speaking of ObamaCare:


    …So let’s see: in 1958 (the year prior to Castro’s revolution) robustly capitalist Cuba had the 13th lowest infant-mortality rate in the world. This put her not only at the top in Latin America but atop most of Western Europe, ahead of France, Belgium, West Germany, Israel, Japan, Austria, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Today all of these countries leave Communist Cuba in the dust, with much lower infant mortality rates.

    And even plummeting from 13th (capitalist) to 43th (communist Cuba’s ranking today) Cuba’s “impressive” infant mortality rate is kept artificially low by Communist chicanery with statistics and by a truly appalling abortion rate of 0.71 abortions per live birth. This is the hemisphere’s highest, by far. Any Cuban pregnancy that even hints at trouble gets “terminated.”…

    …According to a report by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, more than 75% of “doctors” with Cuban “medical degrees” flunk the exam given by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for licensing in the U.S. Most Cuba-certified doctors even flunk the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates’ exam for certification as “physician assistants,” making them barely fit even as nurses…

    …So let’s have a closer look at this issue: The U.S. media’s veritable “go-to-person” on Cuban healthcare (besides Michael Moore) is Gail Reed. CNN, a major media fan of Gail Reed’s “impartial expertise”, calls her “a Medical Expert.”

    Now over at MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell whose eagerly-issued “journalist’ visa by the Communist regime makes it easy for her to often “interview” Gail Reed on location in Havana for NBC cameras, describes her as: “international director of the nonprofit group Medical Education Cooperation.”

    During the 1990s Reed also functioned as executive producer for NBC News Havana bureau–a pretty plum position for a communist intelligence apparatchik, no? Not that NBC revealed Gail Reed’s genuine “credentials.”

    Because you see, amigos: for the past 36 years Havana resident Gail Reed has been married to an officer of Cuba’s Directorio General de Intelligencia (spy service) named Julian Torres Rizo. This KGB-trained apparatchik recruited Reed back in 1969 when she visited Cuba as a member of the (DGI-created) Venceremos Brigades of “starry-eyed” U.S. college kids. Obama’s future “neighbors” Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, by the way, served as recruiters for these Venceremos Brigades. This was an important function as leaders of the terrorist group Weather Underground…

    The entire narrative that Cuba’s medical system is first rate and should be copied by the US is a bold faced lie. In fact, it is a psyops run by the Cuban DGI which so many liberals blindly accept.

    As punishment we should deport every liberal fool with a medical problem to Cuba and leave them to their fate, that would be poetic justice.

    Comment by dscott — August 3, 2017 @ 10:42 am

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