Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
December 13, 2013

Each year, Politifact chooses the most egregious and misleading lie made by a U.S. political figure. While the top four all involved Obamacare, it may surprise you who made the top spot.

Image: Barack Obama (Wikimedia Commons).

“If you like your health care, you can keep your health care,” President Obama repeated numerous times over the past several years. While that was bad enough, it was worse when he modified the lie, inserting a disclaimer, according to CNN.

“What we said was – you could keep it, if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,” Obama said in November, earning Politifact’s “pants on fire” distinction.

“It’s something we first flagged back in 2009,” Politifact editor, Angie Drobnic Holan, told CNN’s Jake Tapper Thursday. “We said this is partly right – the health care law does leave in place the existing health care system but it’s partly wrong because we knew back then not everybody would be able to keep their health care plan and this was the year that it was proved false as these cancellation letters when out again.”

Politifact found that Obama repeated the lie 37 times without the disclaimer that he issued later, according to Drobnic.

“The original statement is partly accurate,” she said. “The lie of the year is not the most strong statement. “It’s the most significant impact and then the excuse got the ‘pants on fire’ overall.”

Others rounding out the top four were U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn.; and conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

Watch the video explanation here via CNN:

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