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By: John David Dyche WDRB Contributor
"It's easy to lie about the Affordable Care Act."
Democratic U. S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville certainly knew what he was talking about when he made that statement in a newspaper column not long ago.
Yarmuth recently admitted that he knew for years that President Obama was not telling the truth in his repeated declarations that, "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."
"Those of us who were drafting the law as I was in 2009, kind of cringed when he said that the first time," Yarmuth told Louisville television station WHAS-11. "We knew that that was not possible, that we can't control what insurance companies do." Yarmuth also said, "So there was no way that what he said was ever going to be true."
Did you hear that, Third District? Yarmuth knew that there was no way what Obama was telling the country time and again was ever going to be true.
Dr. Michael Macfarlane, a Republican running for Yarmuth's congressional seat next year, poses the question that all his constituents should be asking. "If he knew the President was repeatedly telling the American people something false, didn't he have an obligation to his constituents to warn us?"
But did Yarmuth do anything to set the record straight? No, absolutely nothing.
In fact, he peddled the very same falsehood on his website in a section he called, misleadingly, "Myth vs. Truth". It said, at least until removed, that, "Anyone who is satisfied with their current coverage can keep it as long as they like."
Talk show host Mandy Connell, formerly of Louisville, tweeted, "If Rep. Yarmuth knew Obama lied about people keeping plans, why did he repeat the lie on his OWN website?" Why, indeed.
In April of 2012, Yarmuth penned a self-righteous public letter claiming that Republican U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was being dishonest in his criticisms of Obamacare. "When distortions and misinformation are allowed to displace the facts, each individual and every business in our state is left at a disadvantage that could cost them time, money, or much worse: their health," a preening Yarmuth wrote to McConnell.
But we now know that Yarmuth then knew that Obama had been telling a gigantic whopper from the very beginning! And Yarmuth was repeating it.
Yarmuth is evidently OK with lying as long as he and his fellow liberal Democrats are the ones doing it. They must think that their morally superior ends justify their ethically questionable means.
It will take something like this for Macfarlane or anyone else to oust Yarmuth, the state's only Democrat in Congress. Ideally, Macfarlane would be running ads right now to hammer home to voters the fundamental dishonesty of the Obama-Yarmuth disinformation campaign.
Opposition to Obamacare is the main rationale for Macfarlane's candidacy, and the challenger should be striking Yarmuth while the Obamacare iron is hot. The Obamacare website is a disaster, plans are being canceled despite the President's promise, and people are suffering sticker shock at the price of new policies.
Obama has offered a typically half-hearted, insincere apology to those who cannot keep their health insurance plans even if they like them. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he said, unable to muster a more direct mea culpa.
Yarmuth owes Kentuckians an apology, too. He knew Obama was telling a big lie, but adopted it as his own instead of setting the record straight with the truth.
Voters should remember this the next time Yarmuth accuses some other politician of lying. And voters should act on it when casting their ballots in the Third Congressional District next year.
John David Dyche is a Louisville attorney and a political commentator for WDRB.com. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.