Liberal comedian Bill Maher pressed Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Friday night about whether President Barack Obama had lied about people being able to keep their coverage under Obamacare, telling her the president had lost credibility.
“Obama had a great, I would say, almost sterling reputation for honesty…but I just think that credibility to a certain extent, that ship has sailed,” Maher said on his HBO program “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Wasserman Schultz dismissed claims that Obama misled Americans.
“It was not a lie, let’s just be very clear. So let me knock that down right away,” Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said. “When the president and myself and every other Democrat that talked about that if you like your health care, you can keep it, that was referring to the overwhelming majority of Americans who had health care.”
Maher, who criticized the president earlier this week for lying, pushed back and argued that plans — albeit “crappy”— were being canceled under the new law.
“C’mon, let’s be honest. Obamacare says, basically, if you have a really crappy plan, you can’t keep it. That’s the truth,” Maher said. “But some people want crap, what can I say? And because of Obamcare, they are not being able to keep it. To me, that is a lie.”
Wasserman Schultz acknowledged “there was a minimum floor of benefits” so that Americans aren’t “all paying, at the end of the day, for everybody else’s health care.”
She called the debate over whether Obama lied as “arguing over minutiae,” a point Maher pounced on.
“To a lot of Americans, it’s not minutiae and I think they’re insulted when [they] hear [you] say that because they think it’s something important when the president doesn’t square up with them,” Maher said.