Friday, November 15, 2013

The Lie ...and Obamacare

I occasionally post items I encounter while surfing the 'Net to my Facebook page ...for the benefit of like-minded friends who might not have seen them and, occasionally, to tweak the noses of others.


I am dedicating this issue of The View to the seven (!) items I shared today. Careful readers will notice a theme: The Lie ...and Obamacare.


I started by posting Michael Tanner's column on Cato.com: a review of the various justifications offered for President Barack Obama's now infamous promise that "if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan. Period." It's a promise even the Washington Post's Fact Checker has thoroughly debunked.


To that I appended a link to this column by Byron York, in which the author asserts that Obama and the Democrats had to lie about Obamacare, to provide the necessary political cover for passage of the bill.


FOX News' Arthur Herman reminds us that the "If you like it" lie is just the most recent of a litany of Obama's lies, and that the concept of the "Noble Lie" ...necessary, to protect the ignorant masses from the painful truth ...dates back to the Greek philosopher Plato.


Jim Geraghty, of the National Review, and Jonah Goldberg, writing for Townhall.com, expound on one of those painful truths: that Obamacare's very existence depends on forcing millions of people out of their preferred heath insurance policies, and into policies mandated by the government.


Finally, the Washington Post's Keith Koffler suggests that perhaps Plato ...and President Obama ...should give us "dim-witted rubes" more credit. It doesn't take an Ivy League education to know "you don't get something for nothing."