You Have Got to be Kidding Me: Mitt Romney Has the Nerve to Call President Obama a Liar?

romneyI get it, the “Obamacare” rollout thus far hasn’t been what anyone would call smooth.  Then again, I didn’t really expect it to be.  Granted I never thought the website would have these kinds of problems, but I was well aware that there would be a high potential for some substantial growing pains.

And yes, the promise President Obama made about Americans being able to keep their old plans if they wanted to wasn’t exactly accurate.  As I’ve said before, I’m not making an excuse for him not being exactly truthful.  Though I wouldn’t go as far as to call his “promise” a lie.  What he should have said is that if your previous plan met the requirements under the Affordable Care Act then you would get to keep your old plan.  He didn’t, therefore the criticism he gets on that is at least partially justified.

Then again, had Republicans not spent billions spreading every kind of possible lie about the healthcare law in the first place, maybe President Obama could have spent more time explaining the details of the law instead of countering their lies.

But the last person who has any right to be essentially calling the president a liar is Mitt Romney.

While Obama might need to answer for not being completely honest with some Americans, for Mitt Romney to chime in and give his “expert” opinion on lying is laughable, to say the least.

Mitt Romney built an entire presidential campaign based on one lie after another.  Hell, an adviser to his campaign said that Romney was like an Etch A Sketch.  Meaning that during his campaign he could “shake things up” and just start over.  This was made in reference to the many accusations people had thrown Romney’s way about his blatant flip-flopping on several major issues.

Even when Republicans and Democrats couldn’t agree on anything, they did agree on at least one thing—Mitt Romney is a liar.

Romney literally would go on Fox News and answer questions completely differently than he did earlier that day on CNN.  Whatever group he was speaking to was the group he would pander to.

Even after the famous “47%” video came out, he said his comments were taken out of context.  A raw, unedited video where he said:

“All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. … My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Mitt Romney claimed that was taken out of context.

This is also the man who campaigned against a healthcare law that was based, nearly entirely, off the healthcare law he passed while he was governor of Massachusetts.

A man who had videos of him all over the internet declaring his stance on key issues, then completely contradicting those previous stances basically because it would have hurt his chances to win the GOP nomination.

While President Obama undoubtedly has to answer to the Americans he misled about keeping their old health insurance plans, Mitt Romney is one of the last people on earth who should be judging someone else for comments they made that might have been less than truthful.

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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  • Just Observing

    I think the key words are liar and pandering when describing Romney. He needs to go away and hide his head in the sand for shame.

  • wildwinde

    Romney doesn’t live in the real world. He lives in a world of privilege that he believes entitles him to say whatever he wants, do whatever he wants and be however he wants to anyone without accountability. Remember, this guy’s a bully, who started bullying before he even got out of high school. He has no honor.

  • Warner W. Johnston

    “What he should have said is that if your previous plan met the requirements under the Affordable Care Act then you would get to keep your old plan. ”

    Considering there were clear statements that on 01 01 14 all plans would meet certain requirements, it becomes obvious to anyone who was awake in 8th grade that the above statement was meant. And I don’t know it wasn’t explicitly said, and edited down to a good sound bite.

    • strayaway

      This is what the President explicitly said when he was trying to sell the plan, ““That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

      However, On Oct. 30, 2013 the President added the caveat: ‘Ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans… you’ve got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage’. This plan would have been unsellable if the President hadn’t lied about it. Businesses who do a similar bait and switch would be heavily fined.

      That said, Romney switched his positions too. As Governor of MA, he was ok with abortion. As a presidential candidate, he opposed abortion and seemed to have forgotten his position as Governor.

      • guest

        The insurance companies are the ones that downgraded their plans in an effort to make money. Come on – they KNEW that changing their plans to below the level required would cause them to force cancellations. This is a gimmick used by the insurance companies to get out of the mandates of ACA. That is NOT the President’s fault. Also, just because an insurance is not available anymore does NOT mean the doctor you use is not around. Why do you believe that you won’t be able to use the same doctor?? Unless that doctor (again on his own) determines he is not going to accept patients from whatever new insurance plan you choose – and again, this is the doctor’s decision not the President’s decision AND not a very good business one for the doctor either, if you ask me. My insurance is via my employer and I have BC/BS and my costs did not go up, in fact, the actual out of pocket costs went down, and they are compliant with ACA so they are still here and will be. Maybe you need to buy insurance that isn’t just taking premiums and giving no benefits – this is one thing ACA is trying to prevent.

      • strayaway

        The President said over twenty times that people could keep their policies. He emphasized that with the word “period”. This collection of his statements has been added to YouTube. He lied. He could never have passed his health tax bill without lying. Some of the new requirements of the (un)ACA were passed long after the millions of people kicked off their plans signed on to their plans. It would have been simple enough to grandfather those policy holders’ plans instead of dumping them on the street.

        Reasons some people won’t be able to use the same doctor is because after getting dumped from their policies, they might find another policy specifying providers who are not necessarily their old providers. Also, some hospitals are refusing some (un)ACA policies and more doctors are are refusing to accept Medicare payments. Surveys also show that doctors are considering retiring earlier because of their disgust of (un)ACA requirements and payments.

        I have a good policy that met (un)ACA requirements. However, there is talk about dumping everyone in my plan into an (un)ACA plan to save my employer money. My union is fighting that move.

      • blurider

        Strayaway, you’re correct in detail but very wrong in your assumptions and like everyone who is (still) trying to destroy the ACA with distortions large and small you’re being very stubborn about the rightness of your wrongness! In the simplest possible terms Obama’s statement should have been correct and would have been correct were it not for insurance company shenanigans. It’s also true that the alternative to what he said is that a huge percentage of people can get much better plans through the exchanges when this issue does disappoint.
        Your persistent suggestion that he had to lie to ‘sell’ the ACA couldn’t be more wrong.
        At worst the POTUS was naive to think that just because he betrayed his base (who wanted single payer) to a degree and let the insurance companies play a major role in the new plan for healthcare reform, they would be good partners and ‘play fair’ instead of using the change to confuse and obfuscate for profit’s sake. He made the same mistake with regard to making compromises to appease the R minority demands as he has for much of his time in office.
        It’s apocryphal but every one I know is saving huge and getting much better plans and these are all ordinary, middle aged, often self employed people who are getting their new plans through the online exchanges, which seem to be working well here in Utah. The wife of a couple I spoke with today pointed out how, had they had the ACA and their new plan, six years ago they could have saved over $50,000 – AND had better coverage. They are healthy and a good risk but they were healthy and a good risk and six years younger, six years ago.
        Finally, sounds to me like your last concern is one more case of exactly what I’m talking about. It’s not Obama or the ACA which is trying to, or ‘talking about’, dumping your good plan – it’s your insurer or your company. That has proven to be the case time after time lately in these ACA scare stories!
        Good luck with that issue – I hope your union prevails.

      • strayaway

        As difficult as it is for some people to accept, the President lied. “The buck stops here” phrase means no excuses. Most of those policies that were cancelled by insurance companies were probably in existence when the president was making all his promises. There are videos of him lying all over YouTube and I’m just referring to his lies about keeping policies. Between 2M and 3.5M Americans have been dumped on the street by their insurance companies because of the (un)ACA which was supposed to insure almost everyone. Democrats would be screaming if Republicans had somehow taken away healthcare coverage from that many people. If the people you mentioned who have had good results are typical, there shouldn’t be much of a problem getting people to switch from their old to new policies but the government should never have forced insurance companies to dump policy holders. Grand fathering in those policies would have been sufficient to avoid this unnecessary tragedy From what I read and hear from people like you, some individuals save money and some will have to pay more money for (un)ACA policies.

      • mizzquagmire

        I realize that the President was not clear about keeping insurance plans that are substandard, hence the need for people to get a different policy( most of which are better than the crap plans they had). That said, I wonder why the moment he said those words about being able to [keep your insurance if you like it], did no one at all counter him on this claim, esp since both parties agreed on it, and it was signed into law. Did they all really not read it?

  • Gary Menten

    Strong words for someone who claimed never to have paid less then 20% in income taxes ever but refused to show even five years worth of tax returns.

    • blurider

      I forgot that he had claimed never to have paid less than 20%.
      I only remembered his returns that he did release showing 13% – less than capital gains and that was the moment I first realized that one could pay the cap gains rate and still take deductions.

  • Andrew Morris

    I had to stop watching his “interview” on Meet The Press. Even David Gregory was taken aback, I think, yet continued despite it being clear Romney was up in cuckooland.

    Romney is a footnote in history. He needs to go away now and keep earning those millions from his investments.

  • Rolaine Mcgruder

    um we get it. President Obama delivered an beating on Mitt like he was a runaway slave during the election. Dear Mitt, Stop being a victim, shut up and move on, lest you be judged and suffer additional abuse by the majority of America.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      Obama did NOT administer a beating upon Richie rich Romney: the American PEOPLE did as they reminded the regressive white trash republican “party” the the party is over (SEE: whigs)

    • strayaway

      For the record:
      Obama 63M votes, 332 electoral votes
      Romney 59M votes, 206 electoral votes

  • regressive rightwing trash

    C’MONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,what the hell do U think he would say? it took McCain years to get over getting his tail whupped in the 2008 campaign– why woukld moneybags be different? does ROMNEY seem as truly American as his dad was??? PLEEEEEEEZ! surprised he aint a FOX “news” contributor with his own show lambasting Obama(NEE: ROMNEY)care

  • blurider

    You’re bending over backward to be ‘fair’.
    Obama did NOT intentionally lie. He stated what should have been true had it not been for shenanigans of the insurance companies and in some cases employers playing games with their employees to jigger the bottom line.
    At worst he was naive to expect the insurance companies to be good partners when he went out of his way to satisfy R minority demands and to appease corporate America. He’s made that mistake before in his administration and perhaps he should have been more wary. Perhaps he should have had a crystal ball and foreseen exactly how it would play out. Turns out he misjudged in a way which makes him mistaken – not a ‘liar’.
    To ‘give’ to Romney and any supposrters he might have left, that Obama might have lied, like he did – knowingly, intentionally – is way beyond reasonable and fair.

  • 2Smart2bGOP

    It appears to me that a good deal of the rightwing political figures have absolutely no concept of “recording devices.” When almost every single word you say, or position you take is being recorded, it’s a very simply matter to go back to a previous interview, and say, “Okay, see right here? Where you’re saying pretty much the opposite of what you have just said here? How do you explain that, and please keep in mind, You Are Being Recorded.”

  • Darrell West

    Just remember that Romney can not get over that President Obama had whoop his but in 2012 election.That is why he is so bitter

  • Jo Clark

    A lot of folks don’t know there’s a difference between MISinformation and DISinformation. Misinformation is the unintentional misleading of someone, which is likely what Pres. Obama did, with no malice. DISinformation, however, is the purposeful dissemination of inaccurate information to purposely mislead people … it’s propaganda, and that one is something Romney has gargantuan amounts of in his record. As I recall, he had the highest number of lies of any presidential candidate, EVER, and all documented.

    So, pi$$ off, Romney.