Was Obama Really Scandal Free?

While speaking in Peru for an international summit, President Obama bragged that his administration has been, allegedly, scandal-free during his presidency.

“I’m extremely proud of the fact that over 8 years we have not had the kinds of scandals that have plagued other administrations.”

He’s actually serious about this. And it appears that it’s a goal of the Obama administration to push this claim in an attempt to frame the outgoing president’s legacy.

He’s actually serious about this. And it appears that it’s a goal of the Obama administration to push this claim in an attempt to frame the outgoing president’s legacy.

During an interview with CNN which aired on Sunday, President Obama’s top aide, Valerie Jarrett, claimed that Obama is proud of himself because his administration has been “scandal-free.”

“Scandal free.” I must admit that the first thing I thought of after hearing those words to describe the Obama administration was a comic image that went around a couple of years ago. See below:

Only a politician would make such an outrageous claim as the Obama administration being “scandal free.” I obviously won’t be the first to point this out, but the Obama administration was very far from being “scandal free.”

I’ll summarize just one scandal from this “scandal-free” administration since there are so many scandals within this particular one. I would list more, but who has the time?

Multiple Obama Lies On Obamacare

The ‘You can keep it’ Lies

“If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.”

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

“You can keep your hospital.”

“We will work to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family.”

None of those statements were true. During an interview with Charlie Rose, Obama speechwriters burst into laughter recalling Obama’s “you can keep your insurance” claim. See below:

MSNBC contributor and Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page defended President Obama’s lies about Obamacare, calling them a “political lie” in an interview.

Because when a politician lies to people in order to get elected or get a policy passed, it’s okay, right? If that is how democrats see it, everything they promise going forward should be considered highly suspect by the American people.

Those Non-Existent, Existing Death Panels

And remember how Sarah Palin was ridiculed for saying that Obamacare would have “death panels”? Maybe you remember that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) of Obamacare, which indeed functions as a death panel in deciding who receives life saving care and who does not based on cost effectiveness, was slowly expanded to its originally planned power after Obamacare was passed.

“Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these accusers finally saw that ObamaCare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about healthcare funding,” Palin wrote on Facebook.

She was right. Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean drew attention to the IPAB when he called for its repeal in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal in which he argued that the board would ration care for Medicare patients.

The former Vermont governor was not the only Democrat to join Republicans in opposing the death panel. Democratic senators Mark Pryor, Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick, Kyrsten Sinema, and Elizabeth Esty were among the first Democrats who were stunned to find out that the IPAB functioned as a death panel despite Obama and the media’s ridiculing of Sarah Palin for suggesting as much.

That Budget Neutral, Budget Busting Bill

Remember when President Obama insisted that Obamacare was “budget neutral”? Other democrats, anxious to pass the bill, jumped on board referring to it as such despite republicans and independents saying that it could not be. The Obama administration claimed that taxpayers would pay for the difference, but republicans were quick to point out that there wasn’t enough tax money coming in to pay for it unless taxes were significantly increased. It turns out, there wasn’t nearly enough taxpayer money to pay for the so-called Affordable Care Act.

Once passed, Obamacare was far more expensive than Obama had promised. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the government gave out $27 billion in premium subsidies this year alone. Over the next ten years, the CBO expects that amount to rise to $568 billion.

According to Forbes:

…those projections were made before recent premium spikes were taken into account. With premiums now escalating by an average of 25 percent – with some states seeing premium increases over 60 percent on average – the subsidies will have to be markedly more expensive for taxpaying Americans. Tom Miller of the American Enterprise Institute estimates that premium increases might add $8 billion in subsidy costs next year alone.

If premiums continue their upward trajectory, and if more people enroll in ObamaCare, CBO’s $568 billion estimate might be quickly overshadowed by the real costs of the law.

The reason that Obamacare is costing more than expected is simple economics. The ACA promised to reduce healthcare costs by offering subsidies. But it’s already been observed that subsidies for specific products—like higher education, for instance—lead to cost inflation for that product. Now, Obamacare costs are rising faster than family incomes and the federal government is footing the bill.

You and I both know that there are more, but all it takes is one scandal to disprove Obama’s claim that there are none.

Fox listed nine in a segment entitled, “Aren’t You Proud of Us?” Here is that video:

They are:

  1. Operation Fast & Furious
  2. Benghazi
  3. IRS Targeting Conservative ORGS
  4. DOJ Seizing Journalists’ Records
  5. NSA Mass Surveillance
  6. Ransom Payments For Iranian Hostages
  7.  Bowe Bergdahl Swap
  8. Secret Service Scanda
  9. Clinton E-Mail Scandal (Involvement)

And if you really want an exhaustive list of the scandals in Barack Obama’s legacy, here is an almost-all encompassing list.

Rhett October is on Twitter @RhettOctober

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Rhett October is a man independent of the nanny state. He sees what is obvious but to many others is a successful deception. He has a crush on Tomi Lahren. Follow him on Twitter @RhettOctober "After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more." -Morpheus