August 5 2014
Patrice J. Lee
When you leave office, politeness is put aside and the muzzle comes off. In the case of Barney Frank, the formerly powerful Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts, the gloves are off and he’s not holding his silence against how President Obama and the Administration botched the rollout of ObamaCare last fall and made misleading statements to Americans.
In a recent interview, Frank noted how appalled he was that the president wasn’t staying on top of the train wreck rollout upon seeing that those he put in charge did not have things under control and for telling Americans they could retain their health plans knowing full well that they wouldn’t be able to.
The Huffington Post reports:
"The 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… Frank is a strong supporter of the law, and he has repeatedly defended Obama and his legislative agenda.
"He should 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."
"Any smart political adviser would have said, 'Don't lie to people, because you're gonna get caught up in it and it's gonna have this tsunami that you now have,'" Frank told HuffPost. "My political motto, very simple. I have always told the truth, and nothing but the truth. But I don't volunteer the whole truth in every situation."
Overlooking his sanctimonious motto, Frank makes an interesting point that the tsunami which buried the Administration last fall could have been minimized if the President had been truthful about the impact of his signature health law on existing plans. The problem for them all is that there still would have been a tsunami of discontent with the fact that ObamaCare annihilated millions of private plans. That’s a fundamental problem with this law which tampers with the private market.
Why did Frank wait until now to slam the President? Perhaps he’s getting out ahead of the next enrollment period. We can likely expect more woes this fall as potential new rounds of Americans with ObamaCare or those seeking ObamaCare are hit with higher costs as insurers adjust to the older, sicker pools of ObamaCare patients. there may also be another fresh round of cancellation notices.
Before congressional August recess, a House committee approved a bill that would allow people to keep plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum standards. There’s almost zero chance it will get passed into law this session, but at least it’s a reminder to Americans that someone in Washington is looking out for their choice in healthcare.