WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made a major political mistake by lying about the details of his health care plan, according to former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
rollout was so bad, and I was appalled -- I don't understand how the
president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly
basis," Frank told HuffPost during a July interview. "But frankly, he
should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current
health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn't true. And you shouldn't
lie to people. And they just lied to people."
Obama has taken
significant flak in conservative circles for claiming that his health
care overhaul would allow all existing health care plans to continue,
when, in fact, new consumer protection standards would require some
people to sign up for more comprehensive insurance. The law provides
government subsidies to help people of modest means pay for the more
robust plans. Frank is a strong supporter of the law, and he has
repeatedly defended Obama and his legislative agenda.
have said, 'Look, in some cases the health care plans that you've got
are really inadequate, and in your own interests, we're going to change
them,'" Frank said. "But that's not what he said."