Rep. Forbes on Obama Pledge: ‘Doesn’t Seem That It Was Accurate’

November 15, 2013 - 4:27 PM

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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) would not say if President Barack Obama made a true or false statement when he said of the Affordable Care Act, “If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it.”

“Well, based on the facts that have come out it doesn’t seem that it was accurate,” Forbes said when CNSNews.com asked if that was a true or false statement.

When asked if he was saying that Obama’s statement was false, Forbes said: “I’m saying based on the facts that I’ve seen, it just doesn’t appear to be accurate at this point.”

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 his April 1, 2010 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. And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn't happened yet. It won't happen in the future.”

The president was asked about this promise during his news conference on Thursday.

“With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think – you know, and I've said in interviews – that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise.”

Obama said when he made the promise he was thinking about people with employer-based health care, Medicare, and Medicaid – not the five percent of the population in the individual market.

“You have an individual market that accounts for about 5 percent of the population. And our working assumption was —my working assumption was – that the majority of those folks would find better policies at lower cost or the same cost in the marketplaces and that there – the universe of folks who potentially would not find a better deal in the marketplaces, the grandfather clause would work sufficiently for them. And it didn't. And again, that's on us, which is why we're – that's on me.

The complete exchange between CNSNews.com and Forbes follows:

CNSNews.com: Congressman Forbes can I ask you a question?

Forbes: Sure.

CNSNews.com: I’m Penny Starr with CNS News.

Forbes: Aha.

CNSNews.com: How are you?

Forbes: O.K.

CNSNews.com: After President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, he said ‘If you like your health plan you will keep it. No one can take that away from you. Not now or in the future.’ Was that a true or false statement?

Forbes: Well, based on the facts that have come out it doesn’t seem that it was accurate.

CNSNews.com: Are you saying it was false?

Forbes: I’m saying based on the facts that I’ve seen it just doesn’t appear to be accurate at this point.

CNSNews.com: O.K. Thank you.