President brushes off ‘Lie of the Year’ award

President Obama brushed off Politifact's “Lie of the Year” designation Friday afternoon, insisting that “my intentions have been clear throughout” the healthcare reform process.


The nonpartisan Politifact on Dec. 12 gave Obama its annual “Lie of the Year” award for his promise that if people liked their healthcare plans, they could keep them.

That assurance proved false this year, as millions of people received cancellation notices from their healthcare providers amid the rollout of the ObamaCare exchanges.

The president linked the canceled plans to the broader struggles with the law's rollout, and said his administration would work to improve the “grandfather clause” in the healthcare law that was intended to exempt some plans from new regulations.

“The bottom line is, we are going to continue to work every single day [to ensure] that implementation of the law, the website ... and the grandfather clause work better every single day,” Obama said.

Last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the White House was not concerned with “end-of-the-year categorizations,” noting that in earlier years Politifact had dubbed Obama's promise “half true.”