Obamacare Lies - May I Have Another?October 31, 2013
Pitched Obamacare by its namesake and his apologists, Americans smiled nervously as even President Obama himself insisted:
If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. (President Obama - click here)
If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor. (President Obama - click here)
And so it went. Obamacare, rammed through the House in November 2009, finagled through the Senate the following month, and begun in full force in March 2010, was predicated on a series of lies. Some knew this -- including, apparently, President Obama (reported by Forbes), as early as 2010. Others strongly suspected it -- many of whom coalesced into the growing Tea Party movement and orchestrated a Congressional tidal wave in the 2010 mid-terms that left the House in Republican hands. But few projected just how quickly these lies would dissolve into health insurance chaos.
Make no mistake: the system IS in chaos, and the administration, in response, has chosen to compound its earlier lies to mitigate the damage. The talking points thus have changed:
So if you're getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace. That's what it's for. (President Obama - click here)
The majority of people in this country, the vast majority of people in this country are keeping their plan. (David Axelrod - click here)
No matter what people say about whether they like their plan or not, their plan was not going to be their plan. Everybody's premiums were going up. (Nancy Pelosi - click here)
Far fewer Americans are smiling this time.
Those among us who have lost their health insurance have few options -- other than to take Mr. Obama's advice and "shop around" -- once HealthCare.gov works, that is. Fortunately that should happen by the end of November (per CNN -- click here), should we accept HHS's most recent target date. But once the Web site works, whether late November or sometime later, what will shoppers find? Many have reported higher premiums with higher deductibles, a reduction in coverage for more money compared to the plans they have lost. The Los Angeles Times reported some real stories from real people -- as did the Chicago Tribune. Many won't find policies they can afford -- others won't find coverage worth purchasing at all.
The lies of Obamacare don't mask the short-term realities. Real Americans have lost insurance plans they liked and are instead being crammed into one-size-fits-all policies with higher premiums and higher deductibles. Other Americans who lack insurance today may still lack it going forward despite (or because of) Obamacare, as the high-cost policies are actually less attractive and less affordable than the fines. Allowing that the Affordable Care Act will in fact benefit a small number of Americans -- those who were under-served by the private insurance market previously -- the chaos millions of Americans are battling today is inexcusable. So are the lies.
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