By merely adding up recent media reports, the National Center for Public Policy Research discovered that 1.5 million insurance cancellations have already gone out. These cancellations are all due to the ObamaCare mandate that requires every health insurance policy meet a minimum requirement of a one-size-fits-all Cadillac plan that forces people to pay for coverage they neither want nor need.
During his sales job to pass his signature health insurance plan, President Obama repeatedly and without qualification promised the American people that if you liked your insurance plan, you could keep it. Obama also promised everyone that their premiums would decrease and that he would never raise taxes on the middle class.
Already 1.5 million have had insurance they were happy with stripped from them. If the Congressional Budget Office is correct, this will happen to millions more.
Keep in mind this number is rising every day. And the pace is, if anything, accelerating. And this despite Obama’s promise that, well, you know…
That promise, repeated numerous times in one form or another, seemed pretty clear to me. Obama left himself no wiggle room, he didn’t qualify his claim, and there was no nuance or prevarication:
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.
Except, as we’re now discovering, that wasn’t even close to being true. Today Obama flack Jay Carney shucked and jived his way through a blizzard of irrelevancies and obfuscations before essentially admitting that, yes, what Obama said back then has no basis in reality but, hey, that’s OK since those who’ve lost the coverage they were happy with now have the privilege of paying hundreds of dollars more per month for insurance they neither need nor want but is deemed "better" by Obama and his cronies. (I’m sure that’ll be comforting for all those 50-somethings and males who are now covered for prenatal care.) And Dianne Barrette, the Florida woman to whom Ed Henry referred whose insurance premiums skyrocketed from $54 to $591 per month? She’s obviously ecstatic with ObamaCare:
The last word goes to George Will, who suggested yesterday that a government program designed to increase the number of Americans with health care coverage has in fact resulted in fewer Americans with coverage. But, naturally, this boondoggle’s record of unprecedented futility qualifies ObamaCare as a "substantial success" in the minds of the deep thinkers in the Democrat Party.
Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”
That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.
Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”
“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.
In layman’s terms, Obama told a bald-faced lie in order to push his beloved ObamaCare catastrophe over the finish line. Is anyone surprised?
But don’t sweat it if you’re one of those losing your insurance. It’s all just anecdotal according to Carney. I’ll make one additional point. When Jan Crawford talks about ObamaCare’s elusive "winners", she does it in the context of subsidies. Their out-of-pocket premiums may go down slightly, but that’s only when you take subsidies into account. (Who knows what their deductibles will be.) There will be both direct and indirect subsidies. Direct subsidies will come courtesy of those of us who pay taxes. The indirect subsidies will come via the higher than market premiums the middle class will pay in order to provide lower than market premiums to those with pre-existing conditions and those who don’t pay taxes. In short, ObamaCare has far more to do with wealth redistribution than improving the nation’s health care delivery system. Shocking that.