Politifact editor Angie Drobnic Holan said that Obama’s statement was worsened by the administration’s poor response to subsequent criticism.
“Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief,” she said in a story about the award. “Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.”
Politifact has named a statement about the health care law “Lie of the Year” for four out of the past five years, according to Holan.