From Megan McArdle, discussing Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and his call for CEO's of companies altering their earnings picture on the basis of changes to tax law in the health reform law:
Waxman is incensed because this seems to put the lie to the promise that if you like your current plan, nothing will change. But this was never true. Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are basically going to see their generous benefits slashed, retiree drug benefits suddenly cost more and may now be discontinued, and ultimately, more than a few employers will almost certainly find it cheaper to shut down their plans. If Congress didn't want those things to happen, it should have passed a different law.
In fact, it was never true that "if you like your current plan you can keep it." So why did someone prominenet keep telling us that over, and over, and over? And why did our vigilant media refuse to refute that lie every time it was uttered?