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THE INSIDERS: Crawford And Gross Part Two

Posted on: 9:38 am, December 15, 2013, by and , updated on: 04:03pm, December 15, 2013

“If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan,” said President Obama.

Popular political fact-checking website PolitiFact recently dubbed this sentence the political “lie of the year.” The site is known for checking on politicians’ comments truthfulness, rating the comments on its truth-o-meter, giving political statements a rating of “true,” “mostly true”, “half-true”, “mostly false”, “false” and “pants on fire.”

Republican Doug Gross said the rating and the statement hurt the president’s likability and image and will end up hurting Democrats in the upcoming elections.  He said that the Affordable Care Act as whole is not a flop and should not be repealed entirely.  He added that parts of it certainly needed improvements but that it should not all be nixed.

Democrat Jerry Crawford said that while the rating and the statement tarnished President Obama’s image, improvements to the Affordable Care Act would do the most good for the President in the public’s eye.  He said that he thought public opinion on the Affordable Care Act would remain low until the act goes into full effect and people see the good it can do.

For more on political statements and their accuracy, visit the PolitiFact website here.

For Part 3 click here