The Corner

Hoyer in 2009: ‘You Like It, You Keep It’

Although he now says he and other Democrats knew some Americans would be kicked off their health care plans by Obamacare, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer himself issued an emphatic, categorical claim to the contray at a 2009 town hall:

Under Democratic health proposals, “we keep what works and fix what doesn’t,” Hoyer said. “If you’ve got it, you like it, you keep it.”

Hoyer said earlier today Democrats should have been more “precise” and caveated their claims with language indicating the promise assumed “you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.” 

The crowd at the town hall that day, in Sept. 2009 at the height of consideration of Obamacare, was the largest Hoyer had seen in his 29 years in Congress at the time, he said then, according to the Baltimore Sun. 


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