Politifact named Barack Obama’s contention that under Obamacare you could keep your plan if you liked it, their lie of the year.
On June 19, 2013 during the debate on the ACA implementation legislation for Massachusetts, Representative Steven Walsh (D-Lynn) spoke a version of this lie. Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) asked Mr. Walsh if what the President said was true, “will any citizen from Massachusetts be required to change their plan.” Mr. Walsh answered, that “they may choose a different provider, they are not required to choose a different provider.” Here is the video of that exchange.
This of course is not what the Health Connector was telling people in June. In a June 13, 2013 board meeting the Health Connector Board was told that, “most[connector customers] will need to reapply (page 4-link is pdf).” The Connector Authority knew that you couldn’t keep your plan at a minimum six days before Mr. Walsh’s statement.
That leaves two scenarios:
1) That Mr. Walsh, who is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, was ignorant of what was going on at the Health Connector and the rules they were implementing before the vote to enable the Affordable Care Act.
2) He was purposely stating a falsehood.
Either way he doesn’t look that good.