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Overnight Open Thread (6-3-2013) – SMASH THE SYSTEM PARASITES EDITION | Main | Tuesday Morning News Dump
June 04, 2013

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Happy Tuesday. (Tuesday? Yep, it's Tuesday.)

The President couldn't have been clearer about premiums: "If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less." Over and over, Obama made that promise. Now the Democrats want to dispute the "rate shock" that, lo and behold, premiums will rise because of Obamacare.

I think the most inventive Democratic response is probably Ezra Klein's, which boils down to the claim that the President cannot be held accountable for his insurance premiums lie because it was an obvious lie that everyone should have seen through when it was made. Obvious lies, we are to understand, do not count against the speaker. Rather, in Klein's twisted ethic, such lies are to be held against the hearer who did not understand them correctly. The "correct" meaning of the President's lie, according to Klein, is the exact opposite of the plain meaning of the words of the lie. In other words, Klein thinks Obama was being sarcastic when he said you will spend less money on premiums.


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