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Outrage spans the land as the mainstream media breathlessly report that administration officials knew for more than three years Obama’s ironclad promise, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period.” was howlingly false and millions would lose the coverage they liked. The bulletin is issued as if no one other than certain government officials knew that the president’s promise, regularly invoked in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, was A Bright Shining Lie.

Nonsense.

Tens of thousands of us who had actually read the hideously titled Affordable Care Act — or significant portions thereof — because we had to organize our businesses around it, advise clients regarding compliance with it, or otherwise implement the monstrosity’s provisions, knew health-care coverage for millions was going to be adversely affected. Millions more simply understood that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

The mainstream media, however, was too busy lambasting tea-party evildoers, Ted Cruz, House Republicans, and conservatives generally to bother reading the Act. In fairness, it’s a bit difficult to read interminably long legislation when you’re busy performing your day job as the administration’s stenographer. Or maybe they thought Nancy Pelosi meant that by sheer osmosis, if we passed the bill, we’d automatically know what’s in it.

The mainstream media can be counted on to bring up the rear on any stories reflecting poorly on this administration. On Obamacare, they’re a mere three and a half years late. On Benghazi, they’re just now discovering it’s a real scandal.

These things might’ve been news if reported when sentient beings became aware of them, or at least before the 2012 election. Now, it’s just CYA noise.

 

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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