If your plan died, Obama lied

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The LIE:

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), pointed out that one of the biggest promises Barack Obama made was that the reforms wouldn’t disrupt existing health-insurance plans — “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

Republicans have been debunking that for four years, but the AP finally gets around to fact-checking McCarthy:

THE FACTS: McCarthy is correct, Obama said exactly that.

It was an empty promise, made repeatedly.

Nothing in the health care law guarantees that people can keep the health insurance they already have.

Costs can rise, benefits can change and employers can drop coverage.

This was one of the biggest falsehoods proferred by ObamaCare advocates all along.

In the US before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 85% of Americans had existing health-care coverage — and were happy with it.

In fact, half of the uninsured were happy with their health care.

Overhauling the system that satisfied 85% of Americans in order to do something with half of the 15% unhappy with their situation only made sense if the 85% could be assured that their situation would remain the same.