Former Vice President Dick Cheney blasted the Obama administration for its earlier claim that Americans can keep their health plans and doctors under Obamacare, saying it was a deliberate lie designed to pass the bill back in 2010.
Cheney began his Monday morning appearance on Fox & Friends by criticized the healthcare law’s medical device tax, which he said would prevent others from receiving the care that saved his life when his heart disease worsened.
“Right now, the law of the land is there is a tax now on medical devices,” he said. “For the people who invented those devices and produce and pay taxes like everybody else, this is a special tax. If you want less of something, you tax it. And putting a tax on medical devices, I think, will slow down that whole process of innovation that saved my life and the lives of millions of others.”
But the former vice president had an even stronger reaction to key Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel’s claim on Fox News Sunday that the administration never promised Americans they could keep their doctors under the law, telling Fox Host Peter Doocey the lie was real and “deliberate”:
DOOCEY: Was it a matter of lying?
CHENEY: Yes. And they knew it when when they did it, that’s what really offends me. Chris [Wallace] is dead on, and the fact of the matter is — probably one of the most important decisions I made is, I had exactly two doctors who covered me over that 35-year period of time [with heart disease]. And that was crucial in terms of my care, and that’s true in an awful lot of cases, especially those who have chronic diseases. What they said was “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your insurance policy.” And it was a lie. It was deliberate. They knew if they told the truth that it would have never passed.
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