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11/02/2013 05:28 pm ET | Updated Nov 04, 2013

Debbie Wasserman Schultz On Bill Maher's Obamacare Lie Claim: 'Let Me Knock That Down Right Away'

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) denounced the notion that President Barack Obama had lied about Americans' ability to maintain their health insurance under Obamacare.

In a Friday appearance on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," Wasserman Schultz batted down Maher's suggestion that "the ship has sailed" on Obama's "credibility."

"It was not a lie, let’s just be very clear," Wasserman Schultz said. "So let me knock that down right away. When the president and myself and every other Democrat that talked about that if you like your health care, you can keep it, that was referring to the overwhelming majority of Americans who had health care.”

During his Wednesday speech in Boston, Obama attempted to clarify the controversy surrounding a wave of cancellation notices received by employees of small businesses and individuals purchasing their own plans. The president argued that "you're going to get a better deal."

"If you're getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new market place," he said. "That's what it's for."

Maher worked off that point, questioning whether the issue for Americans was one of truth over quality of the plans. Wasserman Schultz responded that the lie debate was "arguing over minutiae" -- a point that Maher fired back at in disagreement.

“To a lot of Americans, it’s not minutiae and I think they’re insulted when you say that because they think it’s something important when the president doesn’t square up with them,” Maher said.

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