Labrador on Obama’s Pledge: ‘It Was a Lie’

By Penny Starr | November 19, 2013 | 3:41 PM EST

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)( Starr)

( – Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said President Barack Obama’s pledge that “if you like your insurance plan you can keep it – no one will be able to take it away from you” was not true.

“It was a lie,” Labrador said at an event Tuesday at The Heritage Foundation. “And they continue to lie again and again and again.” asked Labrador and other Republicans at the “Conversations with Conservatives” event if Obama’s statement in April 2010 shortly after he had signed the Affordable Care Act into law was true or false.

Obama said: "If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it.  No one will be able to take that away from you."

“It was a lie,” Labrador said. “And they continue to lie again and again and again.

“Now there’s a list of what every Democrat who has said that ‘If you want your health care you can keep it’ and today’s there’s an article that came out that says the next big issue is going to be – they also made the promise that if you wanted to keep your doctor you could keep it,” he said.

“And that’s going to be the next big issue come January when people start realizing that they’re trying to make appointments with the doctors and the doctors say ‘Actually we’re not supported by – we’re not part of this network,’” Labrador said.

“There’s going to be millions of Americans that are going to lose their doctors,” Labrador said. “And that once again is going to be proven to be a lie.”

On April 1, 2010, a week after he signed the Affordable Care Act, Obama repeated the pledge he had frequently made during the national debate over the bill – vowing not only that people could keep their plan if they liked it, but that no one would be able to take it away from them in the future.

“So now that this bill is finally law, and all the folks who've been playing politics will finally have to confront the reality of what this reform is, they're also going to have to confront the reality of what it isn't,” Obama said in a speech.

“They'll have to finally acknowledge that this isn't a government takeover of our health-care system,” he said. “They'll see that if Americans like their doctor, they will keep their doctor.