In the wake of the controversy of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber calling the American people stupid and saying a lack of transparency was crucial to the law’s passage, President Barack Obama challenged the media “go back and look at the stories” surrounding the Affordable Care Act to see how transparent it was.
“The one thing we can’t say is that we did not have a lengthy debate about health care in the United States of America, or that it was not adequately covered. I mean, I would just advice every press outlet here: Go back and pull up every clip, every story, and I think it’s fair to say that there was not a provision in the health care law that was not extensively debated and was fully transparent.”
On 36 separate occasions, the president promised people, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”
That was not true, and the administration knew it at the time. That statement was awarded the “Lie Of The Year” by Politifact.
Transparency is impossible when a debate is predicated on a lie.