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'Lie of the Year': Why Obama's healthcare claim is a 'winner' (+video)

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"If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," President Barack Obama said.

He said it not just once, but at least 37 times in recent years, according to

That statement earned Obama a "Half True" rating from the political fact-checking site. In early November, Obama modified the original statement and that got him a "Pants on Fire" rating for saying "Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed."

Now, Obama has garnered PolitiFact's annual "Lie of the Year" award. And its readers agreed. 

In a poll, 59 percent rated Obama's claim as the biggest political fib of the year. The runner up, according to the poll, was also a healthcare whopper:

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said, "President Obama just granted all of Congress an exception" to Obamacare during an August speech in Iowa. But only 8 percent of PolitiFact readers voted for that as the year's biggest fabrication.


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