Be prepared to hear this line a lot in the coming months: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." The Wall Street Journal takes an axe to this claim of Barack Obama's in an op-ed today:
The president has promised that if you like your plan you can keep it. Mr. Kennedy's bill says that too. It's doubletalk, as the consequences of nonenrollment make clear. How big a fine will you face? The bill doesn't specify or set a limit. It says the fine will be enough to "accomplish the goal of enhancing participation in qualifying coverage."
If legislation similar to the Kennedy bill lands on Mr. Obama's desk, he has an obligation to keep his promises to the American people and veto it.