Politifact named President Barack Obama’s infamous “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” claim as the 2013 “Lie of the Year.”
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.