In a surprising turnaround, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Tuesday jettisoned Monday’s tacit acknowledgement that President Obama had erred in promising Americans they could keep their health care plans under Obamacare, now saying Obama was correct because his claim applied only to those policies purchased before the law was signed, and that plans purchased afterward and then changed were the responsibility of insurers.

Plans in existence before Obamacare became law March 23, 2010, could be “grandfathered in” and not subject to standards required under Obamacare, according to Carney, and it was these plans Obama was referring to when he made statements like, “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.”

But Obama repeatedly claimed that people could keep their plans without caveating that it would only apply to those who purchased them before Obamacare became law. What’s more Obama continued to make the claim well after the law was signed – including during the 2012 campaign – and using the present tense.

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