…annus horribilis… 2014, annus mirabilis?…

…Pretense of ‘Beacon of Democracy and Freedom’ discarded, the US is easy Victor Ludorum of Annus Horribilis for 2013, and in all categories, the especially bad ones…

The US President denies vehemently ever telling the US public that they could keep their existing health plan with the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), that eponymous ‘Obamacare’. Reality: plans canceled, sudden increases in health premiums. Which results in,

‘Lie of the Year’ prize goes to Obama

And how had the the real world been seeing this? One example, Obama denies he made a promise that was videotaped two dozen times. You see it and you ask, ‘How do they do it? And with a straight face?’ The alarm bells were there for some years, from Marcy Wheeler in 2009 to Glenn Greenwald in December 2012, with his Obamacare architect leaves White House for pharmaceutical industry job, with two excerpts

…As Baucus himself repeatedly boasted, the architect of that legislation was Elizabeth Fowler, his chief health policy counsel; indeed, as Marcy Wheeler discovered, it was Fowler who actually drafted it. As Politico put it at the time: “If you drew an organizational chart of major players in the Senate health care negotiations, Fowler would be the chief operating officer.”

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More amazingly still, when the Obama White House needed someone to oversee implementation of Obamacare after the bill passed, it chose . . . Liz Fowler. That the White House would put a former health insurance industry executive in charge of implementation of its new massive health care law was roundly condemned by good government groups as at least a violation of the “spirit” of governing ethics rules and even “gross”, but those objections were, of course, brushed aside by the White House. She then became Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council.

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