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  • Mr. Carney, Stop Misrepresenting Heritage's Position

    We understand that the White House is experiencing some difficulties of late across many fronts—the Solyndra scandal and Operation Fast and Furious are two issues that come to mind. That, however, does not give spokesman Jay Carney license to misrepresent what The Heritage Foundation supports or does not.

    Yesterday Mr. Carney once again defended Obamacare, this time by strongly implying that we think the health care law is wise and Constitutional. Specifically, the spokesman said:

    We note that not only have lower courts upheld its constitutionality, but the fact of the individual mandate being both constitutional and wise policy is an opinion shared across the ideological spectrum. A former governor of Massachusetts just said the other day, ‘The idea for a health care plan in Massachusetts was not mine alone.  The Heritage Foundation, a great conservative think tank, helped on that’.

    For the record, and hopefully for the last time, we would like to make it crystal clear to the White House that we think Obamacare is unconstitutional and very, very unwise.

    Indeed, on May 11 this year, The Heritage Foundation filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, reiterating our opposition to the individual mandate that is a key piece of the Obamacare statute.

    We had no other choice after the Obama Administration misrepresented our position earlier this year. In its merits brief before the appeals court, the U.S. government—though well aware of our very public opposition to Obamacare—quoted a 21-year-old statement by a Heritage Foundation policy expert supporting an individual mandate for health insurance, when Heritage’s view now is to the contrary.

    As we said the next day:

    The government’s reliance on this dated policy lecture is like arguing that a medical researcher who expressed qualified support for one therapy 21 years ago should naturally favor a broader application of that therapy today, even if his own and other research has disproved the assumptions that supported the original approach.

    As for the comparisons between Gov. Romney’s health care plan, on which our analysts provided technical assistance on creation of a market-based health insurance exchange, Massachusetts residents can certainly debate the success or framework of his efforts at health care reform, but it is disingenuous for the White House or anyone else to pretend that Obamacare is one and the same. After raising taxes, hiking health care costs and violating the U.S. Constitution, hiding behind these familiarly false talking points won’t save Obamacare from its predictable failure.

    For the record, Mr. Carney, The Heritage Foundation believes that Obamacare is an abomination that must be repealed. While the courts judge its constitutionality, we will continue working for its legislative repeal. We will continue to advocate smarter solutions as outlined in our plan to fix America’s debt, Saving the America Dream, which we released this year.

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    20 Responses to Mr. Carney, Stop Misrepresenting Heritage's Position

    1. BobbyONJ says:

      This administration and the truth seem to be on parallel paths.

    2. Winghunter says:

      Ignoring our Constitutional rights will always come back to bite you. Don't do it again.

    3. Tamarack says:

      Mr. Carney was quoting Mr. Romney re the involvement of The Heritage Foundation. Heritage Foundation, stop misrepresenting Mr. Carney.

      • Steve says:

        Ummm, No. By stating that the ideas of Obamacare are shared across ideological backgrounds and then immediately following that with a quote from Mr. Romney, he is marrying those two, distinct statements and as such implying that the Heritage supports it. Its a sleazy tactic, reminiscent of something a defense lawyer might pull in order to taint a jury's viewpoint without outright lying and saying it. I'm tired of this administration's decit with technicalities and double-speak.

        • Searching4freedom says:

          I agree, it was sleazy, an attempt to unite Obama care with this, suggesting that it would be the same, or close or similar to something The Heritage would support. If Carney had said that Heritage, although AGAINST OBAMACARE, had spoke on the Massachusetts health care, there would not have been any connotations that Heritage '..would be supportive of obamacare.'

    4. lights on says:

      Mr. Carney, does your mom know you're a deceiving liar to the country you've been appointed to address? You don't sound like you should be out past 8:00pm let alone speak to the public at anytime! Obamacare or any health care imposed by feds is unconstitutional, Mr. Carney. Look up the words if you don't understand their meaning quit wasting America's time!

    5. West Texan says:

      Mr. Carney is a far left social progressive mouth piece. He and those he represents misses the whole point of the debate. It's not about healthcare in itself, but rather federal overreach into states' sovereign affairs. Although Romney's efforts proved inefficient, they were properly and constitutionally implemented at the state level. Regardless of what Michell Bachman says.

    6. Amber Farron says:

      I can't believe politicians get away with saying stuff like this. Does he even read Heritage publications???

    7. Connie says:

      The current administration care not the number or depth of the lies they put forth to the nation. The MSM carry every word as if it were handed down from God himself – the real one, not he who believes it's he – in the Oval Office. The Dims (sic) buy into the BS and take it all as gospel, rather than seeking out the truth the MSM and Dims will never reveal, hence those remaining loyal supporters. Dims = Ignorance is Bliss, personified. They refuse to be educated with the facts, which is worse.

    8. LukeAppling says:

      Obama and his spokepeople have no qualms about quoting anything they can twist to fit their current position it is another problem Obama has with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the ttruth.
      If the lamestream media recorded all the daily lies told by Obama and his minions Obama would be in the 20% approval range.

    9. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Jay Carney is Obama's mouth piece. He is told what to say and when to say it. As with almost all of the
      Obama administration and government agencies, Obama controls it all. Yet every day articles are written that blame Jay Carney, EPA, DOJ, et al. We must realize it's all Obama.

    10. Donald Buechler says:

      I am a member/contributor to The Heritage Foundation. I think that you need to supply a little more information about, "provided technical assistance on creation of a market-based health insurance exchange", before you can be exonerated on this one.

    11. June says:

      Mr. Carney, Stick with the truth if you can, otherwise keep your mouth shut. The same goes for Obamination. I realize this will be the hardest thing any of you have ever done.

    12. Dinah L says:

      Maybe we need to be more frank. If a child takes a cookie out of the cookie jar and we catch her with one hand in the jar while she is busily chomping on another cookie, and she says she did not take a cookie we do not say she misrepresented the truth. Among other things we might say to her is that it is wrong to LIE. Why have we become so afraid of the reality of this word? I think it is time we say that lying–even in politics for heavens sake–is NOT acceptable. Where did we lose this concept? I have posted this before: I used to wonder why we had to say the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Unfortunately, it is perfectly clear to me now. Spin?

    13. Laura Henning says:

      I don't get it. Knowing the conservative bedrock of the Heritage Foundation, I don't understand how one of your policy analylists could possibly have supported the individual mandate even 21 years ago.Still it was flagrantly disengenuous of Mr. Carney to suggest that the mandate is currentlyl the position of the Heritage Foundation. Such misleading statements are the hallmark of the current administration from the top down.

    14. Ron says:

      Saul Alinsky taught Liberals in “Rules for Radicals”! They are using one of his first rules of propaganda, which is that if you repeat a lie enough, people will accept it as the truth

    15. H Snyder says:

      It isn't a very good joke, but there was another Carney (Art) whose character worked for the City—in the sewers. This Carney's character works for Obama and is also in the sewers —of propaganda and dissembling facts. lol?

    16. willie says:

      let me get this right,the heritage foundation provided technical support to gov. romney health care plan, the hypocracy on both sides is astounding,if gov. romney wins the nomination it will be the end of the republican party,I for one left the party in 08,when the tea party started I had so much hope then it was co-opted,All I know isthat is we need a third party were every body is as predictable as Ron Paul.I'm not a Ron Paul supporter but you can go back twenty years and he's saying the same thing he's saying now,I want consistancy !!!!!

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