Rush Limbaugh’s Ridiculous Claim: Obamacare Has Been the “Biggest Presidential Lie in Our Lifetimes”

limbaughI rarely write anything about Rush Limbaugh, mostly because he doesn’t say much of anything worthwhile.  I damn sure don’t listen to his radio show because I think more than ten minutes of hearing him spew his hate, paranoia and fear would just make my ears bleed.

Between him, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Sarah Palin, I’m not quite sure whose voice irritates me the most.

In other words, I detest Rush Limbaugh.  There are bums, scumbags, parasites, whack jobs—and then there’s Rush Limbaugh.  A racist, sexist, pile of  human garbage.  How he’s still on the air honestly baffles me.  Then again, he panders to the tea party mentality which thrives on fear, ignorance, propaganda and hate—all cornerstones of who Rush Limbaugh is.

But nevertheless he remains highly influential within the Republican party, so when he says something completely outlandish about President Obama or Democrats, you can be sure far-right Republicans eat it right up.  As I’m sure they did recently when he said, “These are lies. They are calculated, purposeful lies. And this is really, really bad. This may be, and I’m not exaggerating and I’m not trying to do anything for effect here, this may be the biggest presidential lie in our lifetimes.”

I mean, seriously?  President Obama not being completely forthcoming in the details about the Affordable Care Act might be the “biggest presidential lie in our lifetimes,” that’s what this idiot is trying to say?

I could go back to Watergate — you know, that “little” thing in American history which occurred during Rush’s lifetime — but I’m not even going to go back that far.  There’s no reason to.

All it takes is four simple words to showcase what a total buffoon Limbaugh truly is:  Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Now, I’m not here to excuse President Obama for what he promised.  But let’s be at least a little honest here.  The people losing their existing health insurance represent a very small percentage of our population.  Though if you listened to Republican rhetoric you’d think 70% of the country was losing their health insurance.  We’re talking somewhere around 5% of Americans with health insurance will have to find a new — and for most, better — health plan.  That means 95% of Americans with health insurance will be allowed to keep their current insurance.

So that is what Limbaugh feels might be the “biggest presidential lie in our lifetimes.”  Not the lies we were told about weapons of mass distraction to get us into war in Iraq which resulted in over 4,000 dead American soldiers.

Oh, no.  That’s small time when compared with President Obama lying to 5% of Americans about their ability to keep their existing health insurance plan.

It’s stuff like this which makes it impossible for me to take Republicans seriously.  An entire political party up in arms over this “Obamacare lie” (and what a lie it is, how dare these people be forced to purchase better health insurance plans—-for shame!) but they had no problem electing a man in George W. Bush (twice) who ran the most corrupt and deceitful administrations since Nixon.

Torture, wars, record deficits, historic recessions, advanced NSA spying — I could honestly just keep going and going — all these things started under George W. Bush.  A man Republicans supported for eight years.

But, when it comes to President Obama, his “lie” will ultimately lead to many Americans getting better health coverage and Republicans want to act as if that’s the end of the world.

It all goes back to a saying I’ve used for a few years now, “If you voted for George W. Bush twice, you should probably just stop talking.”  And Mr. Limbaugh would do us all a favor if he did just that.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Aaron Childers

    I’m with you on what rush does on spreading lies, hate, and fear but the point I take from this is that Obama did not tell the truth. A lie is a lie regardless of how big it is and who it affects and Obama should know better than anyone that he’s under a microscope and everything he says or does will be heavily scrutinized. Let’s not forget that. Our job as voters is to see through the bullshit. In a democratic society such as ours we need to be mindful and educated and hold these politicians accountable regardless of party affiliation. I have my own issues with Obama even though I can’t stand the fear mongering on display by the republicans. That said, rush has a point even though it may be skewed by his far right perspective. Of course he’s going to exaggerate for people to react. But Obama did lie and should not be defended for doing so.

    • Gary Smith

      How exactly did he “lie”? What was the “lie”?

      • Aaron Childers

        It’s in the article dude. Obama lied about people being able to keep their same coverage.

      • Ms Law

        He can’t help what the insurance companies do…

      • Aaron Childers

        It should have been anticipated. I’m not criticizing Obama on this, but he needs to be sharper. If he says something he anticipates to be true and for whatever reason it happens not to be, he should be the first one to let people know exactly what happened and why so that people like rush can’t twist things and try to discredit him. The best way to combat propaganda and deceit is complete honesty

      • Dan Kistner

        Aaron, you are a LIAR! You have stated, a few times now, the President Barack Obama, is a Liar. So, yes, you are “criticizing” him! You said, “So he either lied or he’s incompetent. Which is it?” Isn’t that criticizing our President? Per Google:
        crit·i·cize
        ˈkritəˌsīz/
        verb
        verb: criticise
        1.
        indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way.
        “states criticized the failure to provide an adequate and permanent compensation”
        synonyms:find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, attack, lambaste, pillory, rail against, inveigh against, arraign, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, give bad press to, run down; More
        informalknock, pan, maul, slam, roast, hammer, lay into, lace into, flay, crucify, take apart, pull to pieces, pick holes in, pummel, trash, nitpick;
        formalexcoriate
        “must you criticize everything she does?”

      • Aaron Childers

        Maybe you should look up the definition of a lie since that was the argument i was trying to make

      • King

        Aaron, I lie is something someone does deliberately. You are being very critical when you call someone a liar. What we are trying to tell you is that President Obama did not anticipate all the insurance cancellations. Hindsight is great….yes maybe he should have anticipated it but he did not. That is very different than lying about something.

      • Dan Kistner

        5% of COVERED Americans are affected by having Shit sub-standard health-care policies! These are illegal, after January 1, 2014! NOT President Barack Obama’s fault! Repeating SHIT, Aaron, doesn’t make it “fact”, or “true”!

      • Aaron Childers

        Whether he knowingly spread misinformation or not it’s still a lie. Bill oreilly lies all the damn time. Just because he believes his own bullshit doesn’t mean it’s not a lie.

      • cantwealljustgetalong

        He did neither. The health insurance companies were able to grandfather in their existing plans to private customers (those not through an employer). All they had to do was not drastically increase the premiums or the copays nor drastically decrease the benefits after March 2010. Anyone who lost their insurance lost it because the health insurance companies CHOSE to increase rates and copays and decrease benefits drastically, thereby nullifying their opportunity to have these plans grandfathered in. Since these plans do not meet the minimum required benefits and cannot be grandfathered in, they can no longer be offered. Now, they take no blame and point their finger at Obama calling him a liar. Obama did not lie. A little too hopeful that the health insurance companies would take the high road – yes……but not a liar.

      • King

        “A little too hopeful”…..I like that. I have been trying to explain how President Obama did not lie but just did not anticipate what would happen. Your explanation is good.

      • Maria M. Morrison

        Aaron – You should look up the definition of the word “lie”. Spreading misinformation isn’t a lie. Intending to deceive is a lie. It is the intent that makes something a lie or not.
        All Others – Aaron Childers is suffering from cognitive dissonance (I know that word has been thrown around ad nauseum lot but it’s true). He will continue to dismiss any fact or evidence that contradicts his beliefs. He believes Obama is a liar. Nothing we say or do is going to change that. He’s not here for discussion despite what he claims. Every time someone attempts to engage him in a discussion he goes on a rant about Obama and lies. The best way to deal with people like him is not to fuel or engage. Let him repeat “Obama is a liar” until his heart’s content. It won’t make it true.

        Lie
        1. an intentionally false statement.

      • nuclearmothman

        Actually, what President Obama has said, repeatedly, is “if you like your insurance, you’ll be able to keep it.” The fact that insurance companies and employers have undermined the president hardly constitutes a lie on his part.

      • Dan Kistner

        The fucktards think he “lied” about Americans keeping their current health insurance policies.The health insurance companies, are to blame, NOT President Barack Obama! The fewer than 5% of CURRENT health-care-covered-Americans, have SUB-STANDARD health insurance! Shit insurance that even walmart, doesn’t offer it’s employees! AND, under the ACA, the insurance companies, CANNOT offer shit policies, after January 1st, 2014! 95% AREN’T affected! That isn’t the President’s fault, that these worthless policies are out there! But most of those less than 5%, WILL be eligible for BETTER COVERAGE, @ a reduced cost! Rush Limpballs, LIED! All that comes out of his shit spewing mouth, are lies! Like women are either a whore, or a slut. And she has to post her sex tape, on the internet, for racist, pervert rush, to view! REMEMBER that bullshit, from that asshole? President Obama, did NOT knowingly, make a statement, that he KNEW, was false! If he had, THAT would be a lie! A lie, like Rand Paul has been doing, lying about his plagiarizing his speeches, by coping them, verbatim, from Wikipedia! Then saying he didn’t!

      • King

        I do absolutely agree with what you are saying. It is frustrating to hear that “Obama lied” over and over. I think that as we get adjusted to ACA, we will all find out just how crappy some of these policies really are. I have one relative who paid a lot of money for insurance that did not pay much of anything because she had a pre-existing condition and this was a private policy. I was really surprise, however, when another relative got stuck with a $20,000 hospital bill after having a baby and her insurance was through her employer! I am just furious that insurance companies have gotten away with this.
        The Affordable Care Act may not be perfect but I am so grateful for it. And…..of course Rush Limbaugh is an idiot!!!!!!!!!

    • Dan Kistner

      The health insurance companies, are to blame, NOT President Barack Obama! The fewer than 5% of CURRENT health-care-covered-Americans, have SUB-STANDARD health insurance! Shit insurance that even walmart, doesn’t offer it’s employees! AND, under the ACA, the insurance companies, CANNOT offer shit policies, after January 1st, 2014! That isn’t the President’s fault, that these worthless policies are out there! Rush Limpballs, LIED! All that comes out of his shit spewing mouth, are lies! Is your female significant “other”, a whore, or a slut? Did she post her sex tape, on the internet, for racist, pervert rush, to view? REMEMBER that bullshit, from that asshole? Repeating SHIT, doesn’t make it the truth! President Obama, did NOT knowingly, make a statement, that he KNEW, was false! If he had, THAT would be a lie! A lie, like Rand Paul has been doing, lying about his plagiarizing his speeches, by coping them, verbatim, from Wikipedia! Then saying he didn’t!

      • Aaron Childers

        I think there’s a mis communication on what I was trying to say. I see a lie as spreading misinformation. I’m not arguing intent and I’m not saying he did it on purpose. I’m saying that Obama should clear the air so that the republicans can’t use it against him.

      • Informer

        Not entirely true. I am self-employed and have a pre-existing condition. I had insurance thru our states (NC) high risk insurance pool. It was damn good insurance, basic 80/20 plan, $20 primary care visit, $50 specialist, prescription card with no deductible to it $5/10/35 levels, a $4 million lifetime cap (which is a good thing that’s gone). Our idiot governor decided not to expand Medicaid/Medicare and then said screw you people of NC and cancelled the high risk pool. To get comparable insurance from the ACA website I have to go to the gold package and pay $150 more per month just to get what I had and I don’t qualify for a subsidy. Before you start with the screaming and cursing again I’ll remind you that the President DID say that costs would go up for some people and if you want to call him a liar then be my guest. Also I will say that I’m glad the ACA is there for those people who haven’t been able to afford insurance due to pre-existing conditions or just that it was just too expensive for them.

  • $71171541

    Obama lied. He needs to own up to it and you silly libs need to stop giving free passes to the man.

    • You are an idiot.

      Tell me this. How did Bush “own up” to his lie that put us in two decade-long wars, cost us nearly 1.5 TRILLION dollars, and killed over 4,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghani citizens? OH RIGHT, he threw himself a party on a aircraft carrier with a sign that said “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” years and years before either war was actually over…yeah, that’s real accountability there. Meanwhile, Obama’s lie affected a small percentage of Americans who have healthcare and now they have to buy new, better insurance. Yeah, those are definitely comparable. STFU you ignorant fucktard.

      • Aaron Childers

        What does bush have to do with Obama?

      • You have a good point.

        He was attacking “silly libs,” so I can only assume he holds W in high regard. But you’re right, Bush doesn’t have anything to do with Obama. I was just drawing a comparison to the effect of each one’s lies, and I think Bush’s was far, far worse.

      • Aaron Childers

        I’m not arguing that. I just believe that we shouldn’t defend Obama with emotion but with logic. Comparatively Bush was a worse president as defined by his actions. I think liberals should hold themselves to a higher standard and lead by example and not question simply alliances but the rhetoric behind them. If we offend those who think differently than us our arguments become invalid and are subject to ignorance.

      • And I’m out.

        You kind of lost me here. I agree that we shouldn’t defend Obama with emotion, but with logic. However, the original comment I was responding to was far from logical, so I responded as such. I understand you’re stuck on this point that Obama did lie or at least wasn’t on his A game when he made the claim that no one would have to change their insurance plan. However, this whole article is about Rush’s claim that this constitutes the “biggest presidential lie in our lifetimes” and that is clearly preposterous. The issue of whether or not Obama knowingly misled the public about it is completely separate. Either he did lie about it knowingly or forces beyond his control (i.e., health insurance companies) made his statement untrue in hindsight. In either case, his was definitely not the biggest presidential lie in our lifetimes, and not even in the past 12 years.

        I do agree with you that simply trying to offend someone whose viewpoint is different essentially invalidates your argument. However, I was on the defense b/c of a right-wing troll commenting about “silly libs” from the get-go, so it was never a logical, thoughtful conversation.

      • Pipercat

        Fabulous response! What gets lost in all of this excitement is, before the ACA, the insurance industry was a mostly unregulated entity. This was due to the Insurance companies buying and paying for an antitrust exemption back in the late 40s. Subsequent to the passage of the ACA, HHS discovered the extent of the garbage policies that were being written. I know of this because I had one. HHS had no choice but to create a minimum set of standards for all health insurance policies or the intent of the ACA would have been undermined. This whole “lie” narrative is a fallacious false attribution argument that, when held up to the actual facts of the matter, is nothing more than a manufactured partisan distraction.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        bush was such a great example of deadly crushing policies of the regressive right that the RNC did NOT have him at the 2012 Nat’l convention,,,,,,,nuff said- they had Bachmann and cain and palin and coelecanths such as that

      • $71171541

        You silly lib. I’m not a Republican. I actually have about equally negative feelings for Bush as I do Barry.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        he handed him his doo doo both here in America and abroad. he was the previous president ( which crybaby white trash regressives wanna FORGET 2 the MAX),,,,,,and if crybaby infantile regressives wanna call Obama a liar– lets play with YOUR most recent administration– can U say ” cheney/haliburton/ WMD”?

      • Dan Kistner

        Both are Presidents of The United States Of America! Are you REALLY THAT S T U P I D ? Well, ya , you are! You are a republican’t, so you can’t help it! You can’t think for yourself! And IF you think President Barack Obama lied, than you ARE a republican’t! The health insurance companies, are to blame, NOT President Barack Obama! The fewer than 5% of CURRENT health care covered Americans, have SUB-STANDARD health insurance! Shit insurance that even walmart, doesn’t carry! AND, under the ACA, the insurance companies, CANNOT offer shit policies, after January 1st, 2014! That isn’t the President’s fault, that these worthless policies are out there! Rush Limpballs, LIED! All that comes out of his shit spewing mouth, are lies! Is your female significant “other”, a whore, or a slut? Did she post her sex tape, on the internet, for racist, pervert rush, to view? REMEMBER that bullshit, from that asshole? Repeating SHIT, doesn’t make it the truth! President Obama, did NOT knowingly, make a statement, that he KNEW, was false! If he had, THAT would be a lie! A lie, like Rand Paul has been doing, lying about his plagiarizing his speeches, by coping them, verbatim, from Wikipedia!

      • Dan Kistner

        The health insurance companies, are to blame, NOT President Barack Obama! The fewer than 5% of CURRENT health care covered Americans, have SUB-STANDARD health insurance! Shit insurance that even walmart, doesn’t carry!

      • strayaway

        Another Obama “promise” from 10/27/07-

        “I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.”

        Well it wasn’t the “first thing”.Fast forward to 10/26/2011 as reported by the Huffington Post. Regarding accountability, “President Obama wanted to stay longer — as recently as a few weeks ago asking the Iraqi government to allow 10,000, then 3,000 troops to remain past New Year’s Eve.”

        Oh, and 73% of Americans killed in Afghanistan were under Obama. I’m not sure why we are still there.

      • $71171541

        With bi-partisan support for the war? You forget that part. I won’t even resort to name calling.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      hey regressive,,,,,, wanna bet me 50K that in 3 yrs the aca is hugely successful? that’s why crybaby scumbag white trash regressives are soooo pissed- they know its exactly what we need————- and that’s why small dicked scum such as U keep crying!! OH WAIT– lets play BENGHAAAAAAZI!!

    • Dan Kistner

      The fucking insurance companies, are to blame, NOT President Barack Obama! The fewer than 5% of CURRENT health care covered Americans, have SUB-STANDARD health insurance! Shit insurance that even walmart, doesn’t carry! Dumb ass! Now, go get a wipe, and wipe the shit from your mouth, and chin, and QUIT repeating republican’t SHIT! Where’s the apology for the presidential lie, “weapons of mass destruction”, that cost 4,489 Americans, their lives, and 318 Allied Armed Forces lives? And what about the contractors that died in Iraq, because of Bush’s, Cheney’s, & Rice’s LIES? ” At least 1,487 deaths between March 2003 and June 2011 according to the list of private contractor deaths in Iraq. 245 of those are from the U.S Contractors are “Americans, Iraqis and workers from more than three dozen other countries.” 10,569 wounded or injured.” -(from Wikipedia), the same site Senator Rand Paul plagiarizes from! That, also, is a criminal “lie”!

    • Suzie

      You are a liar saying that Obama lied. He did not know exactly what some rotten health insurance companies might pull on their insured customers. He has been an honest President compared to many before him, and he didn’t lie if he was unaware of what could happen. That’s like saying that I am a liar if I say, “my son has never been in trouble with the law”, and then that very day he gets a speeding ticket. I am unaware that that was going to happen, so when I said it, it was not a lie. Think about it, and maybe you will get it right.

  • Alecta

    Did President Obama lie, or did he underestimate the nasty tricks the insurance companies would play? Personally, I’m flabbergasted by people who cling to their bad insurance plans and bitch because they’re expected to choose something better for themselves, likely for less money.

    • Aaron Childers

      So he either lied or he’s incompetent. Which is it?

      • Pipercat

        Nice loaded question….

      • Dan Kistner

        The only thing that is “loaded, is your mouth! It appears to be full of shit! Now, go get a wipe, clean up the floor around you, and wipe your chin! As you republican’ts know, shit stains! And us Democrats, are tired, of cleaning up after you dumb, racist republican’ts!

      • Pipercat

        Um, follow the thread. It was in response to Mr. Childers. Although impressive, it was not a compliment… pssst, I voted for Joachin Castro!

      • Pipercat

        Oh Dan, click my name and see some of my teabaggish responses on this site!

      • Aaron Childers

        Troll! Troll in the dungeon!

      • regressive rightwing trash

        neither— the game is complex and changes as the “rules” are ever changing by political scum ,,,,, Im willing to wager BIG money this aca will be fabulous- that’s why regressive white trash crybaby republicans are sooooooooooooo pissed-

      • Dan Kistner

        Are you STUPID, or incontinent, or both? We ALL know, you are incompetent! The fucking insurance companies, are to blame, NOT President Barack Obama! The fewer than 5% of CURRENT health care covered Americans, have SUB-STANDARD health insurance! Shit insurance that even walmart, doesn’t carry! Dumb ass! Now, go get a wipe, and wipe the shit from your mouth, and chin, and QUIT repeating republican’t SHIT! Your APOLOGY IS EXPECTED! ASSHOLE!

      • Aaron Childers

        Did you read any of my comments? Nothing of what I said comes off as republican. I don’t feel as though I should repeat myself to have an intelligent discussion. But if you want to react on emotion alone then maybe it is you that has more in common with republicans. I asked a question going for an answer butall I get is a bunch if presumptuous self righteous rambling and profanity.

      • Adam Smith

        You asked a question and gave two answers to pick from. That’s not trying to have a conversation, intelligent or otherwise.

      • Aaron Childers

        So it was sarcastic. I wanted a debate not a dick measuring contest. I wish people would respond to my question and not to the argument they think I’m trying to have.

      • polliwogg

        “not a dick measuring contest”
        .
        I get the impression you’d come up short, there.

      • King

        I will answer your question. Obama did not lie and he is not incompetent. I believe he was saying that by the rules of the Affordable Care Act you will be “allowed” to keep your insurance. I believe he did not account for the fact that insurance companies who had these cheap polices that paid for nothing would be unwilling to comply with ACA. He should not have said something that sounded like a promise about something that he had no control over. He had no control over the insurance companies canceling policies. All that I see that Obama is guilty of is not having the foresight to predict what might happen. That is my opinion and by the way when you give only two answers to choose from and neither answer is positive to President Obama…..it just might make a person I little defensive.

    • Alecta

      Oh, and I should add:
      Weapons of Mass Destruction
      Read my lips, no new taxes
      Lies, lies lies Mr Bush. I can’t say much about recent Rep candidates – their statements are miles beyond lies and into raving madness.

      • Dan Kistner

        Exactly!

    • FD Brian

      If any of those people with that $100 a month insurance coverage had been diagnosed with cancer, they would have been forced to read the small print of their policy, you know the part where they say, we don’t cover that.

  • Ms Law

    I don’t know why anyone listens to Rush he is irritating and inciteful…Give me a break …Mr President didn’t lie he was sidelined by the insurance companies…My insurance coverage is going down same company better coverage and less $…wow I think I like that plan

  • Tom Scott

    What do you expect from a drug addict?

  • CAZZY

    Hey, HAVE AN INDEPENDENT POLICY AND WAS ABLE TO KEEP IT BUT PREFER NOT TO! HE DIDN’T LIE TO ME SO THERE AHOLES!!

  • 11bravo

    ” The people losing their existing health insurance represent a very small percentage of our population.”
    Remember this statement, and this author when….by October 2014 an estimated 74-126 million people have their existing plans terminated because they do not cover what Mr. Obama says they must.
    It is the biggest lie because it was repeated so many times. Not as a promise, but a matter of fact. Voters forget and forgive a lot, unless it affects their take home pay, or their children and elderly parents directly-which this law does big time!
    This is going to quickly turn from a partisan MSNBC/Talk radio/Fox news verbal cat fight to an absolute disaster for the progressive/socialist movement. You saw the recoil of the American public upon the passage of Obamacare. This implementation phase will most likely dwarf it.
    Everyone likes the “idea” of socialist progressive policies, but implementation is another matter entirely. It is a system/form of government that has murdered 100+ million human beings just to et them to accept (keep quiet), and live under it.