Home » Obamacare: About That Whole “If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It” Thing…
Anyone remember those infamous words that were ejaculated from Barack Obama’s mouth on July 16, 2009 when he addressed the American Medical Association in Chicago while promoting the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare? Let me refresh your memory. Obama said, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” Well not only was he lying then, but it is becoming painfully clear to even his media accomplices and supporters that he lied about that.
The Associated Press reports,
Many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises in the mail this fall: cancellation notices because their current policies aren’t up to the basic standards of President Barack Obama’s health care law. They, and some small businesses, will have to find replacement plans — and that has some state insurance officials worried about consumer confusion.
Also, it doesn’t seem to square with one of the president’s best known promises about his health care overhaul: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.” … The Obama administration did not respond directly to questions about the potential fallout from cancellation notices … Instead, Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters released a prepared statement saying: “Beginning in October, individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for insurance in the marketplace, where we are already seeing that increased competition and transparency are leading to a range of options for quality, affordable plans.”
For the most part, state insurance commissioners are giving insurers the option of canceling existing plans or changing them to comply with new federal requirements.
OK, there is a big difference in “keeping” your health care plan and being “forced” to “change” or “cancel” it. Bob Laszewski, a health care industry consultant, said “You’re going to be forcibly upgraded. It’s like showing up at the airline counter and being told, ‘You have no choice, $300 please. You’re getting a first-class ticket, why are you complaining?'”
However, there are some like Stephanie Marquis, spokeswoman for insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler, who expect premiums for replacement plans to remain about the same as current plans, but with better coverage. “Your costs involve more than your premiums,” Marquis explained. “It’s also what you would have to pay out of pocket if you had actually used your health plan.”
She went on to say, “I don’t think it is necessarily a bad thing that they are going to be getting a replacement notice, because they going to be able to go out and shop in this marketplace and they’ll be getting better coverage.”
Well that really isn’t the issue, is it? When people are told one thing and the results are something quite different, there is a problem.
Townhall’s Guy Benson comments:
The CBO estimated last year that up to 20 million Americans could lose their current coverage under Obamacare. Other projections peg the number at 35 million, or more. With the media focused on the administration’s myriad scandals, the president is gearing up for yet another public relations tour on behalf of the law that he never sold to the public, despite delivering dozens of speeches. His new plan? More speeches, natch, plus plenty of taxpayer-funded propaganda. If your presidency were sagging beneath the weight of scandal, and your top legislative accomplishment remained enduringly unpopular with the public, to whom would you turn for help? If your instant reply was “Nancy Pelosi,” you’re in luck. Have fun with this, Democrats:
A document circulated to House Democrats by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — and obtained by BuzzFeed — offers some details of the timing of the health-care plan: Rates and details of plans will become public in September for the 34 states that haven’t put together their own plans. The goals, Pelosi writes in a “dear colleague” letter that begins the document, are “to educate our constituents about the new law, help to implement it, and strengthen the hands of those who have worked for this historic reform.”
See what happens when people depend on government? Government is more than happy to not only be your nanny, but your mother and father, your home inspector, your lender and yes, even your doctor, but it’s always going to cost your freedom.
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