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Close to 1.5 million Americans have lost health insurance due to ObamaCare; Update: Obama has known for years that people couldn’t keep their insurance; Update II: Make that 2 million

Via Breitbart:

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.

Update: (h/t Hot Air) Via NBC News, Obama has known for more than 3 years — probably all along — that his "if you like your coverage, you can keep your coverage" promise was false.

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?

Update II: Make that 2 million who’ve lost their insurance because of ObamaCare.  And we’ll continue counting as that number is expected to rise to about 16 million, give or take.

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.

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  • cbenoistd

    Thanks for going with the already accounted-for 1.5 million instead of the prematurely predicted 16 million, to prevent being called alarmist.

  • conservativemama

    The President is a liar. I’m not surprised. We knew he was. Why didn’t more people see the obvious in 2008? It was there…in plain sight.

    • HuntingMoose

      like ‘love blinds’
      I am optimistic that more and more people are waking up out of this spell and start realizing that they have been deceived and lied to.
      Next up is the wake-up that all told by those Obama-lovers and media liars about Sarah was also deceit, lies , smears and more lies.

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      The press covered for him, even the GOPe wing of the beltway branch of the LSM.

      I happened to be listening to Chris Plante this morning, and he played a clip of Krauthammer explaining that he did not figure out Obama until after his first State of the Union address. That was despite a post-election "meet the press" dinner party at George Will’s place that afforded the worthies of the Washington press corps the opportunity to size up the new POTUS. Krauthammer insisted they all came out of that party still not knowing whether Barry Lightgiver was far left, center-left, centrist, or center-right.

      Really? I mean, really? They all gave him a pass, either out of wishful thinking or deliberate disregard for his well-documented Alinsky-oriented world-view and his very public left-wing activism.

      The press, especially the self-styled moderate wing of the GOPe press, has covered itself in shame.

      "The President is a liar. I’m not surprised. We knew he was. Why didn’t more people see the obvious in 2008? It was there…in plain sight."

      Yes, indeed. No one here was fooled, in the slightest.

      • conservativemama


        My husband and I were watching the Fox special on Krauthammer last Friday night. And when he said that he didn’t know who Obama was until the first State of the Union address, I lost it. I was yelling at the TV, "I knew it, why didn’t you!"

        I don’t know how you can sit there, pontificate, tell people to leave the room, all while having been played. I’m so tired of being lectured to by people who are years behind me. It’s like Rush says, they don’t understand that Obama is different. That what’s happening to this country, by design, is way outside the box.

        All that education, all that time in Washington, all that access, and they had no clue, Krauthammer and Will. And they still sit there on TV like preening peacocks, like gente importante, as my mother would say, and believe that we take them seriously.

        The Fox all star panel would be greatly improved with any of us sitting there. We know who Obama is and we know what he’s doing.

        I don’t have Ivy League degrees, but I am well educated, and I have traveled, and I have been awake for my 51 years of life, and I have common sense, and I see what’s in front of me. And, and this a big and…………I know what happened to my parents. I know what communism is, what is does, how it lies, how it destroys……………and in 2008 I saw Obama for what he is because I was raised on stories of what happened in Cuba with Fidel. No amount of nonsense that I heard in college about Fidel and Che changed my mind. My parents were eyewitnesses to history.

        Krauthammer and Will are smart, so erudite, blah, blah, blah……………..what is the point of all that intelligence if you were so easily conned?

        • Budvarakbar

          I recommend two articles by the lady from Romania — at Canada Free Press — re the Ukrane in 1930’s and Romania – Moldavia — in 1946-46 >>> esp the latter article illustrates exacly what obie AND the whole damm demo-commie-cRAT partie and their RINO enablers are doing to this country

          Nothing stupider than a jerk with a kollage degree from any "prestigious" US university

        • Laddie_Blah_Blah

          I missed that Fox special on Krauthammer. That special must have been where Chris Plante got the audio he played on his show.

          CM, you are the one with the real education. Your life experiences have taught you so much more than Krauthammer and Will shall ever understand. I got my education in Vietnam. Changed my life.

          I am very sure that you and your family could educate most of the commentators on Fox, or anywhere else, about the importance of liberty, freedom, and American exceptionalism, in ways they can never appreciate the way that you do.

  • MaMcGriz

    I doubt there’s ever been a greater fraud perpetrated on the American people than this unfit, unqualified liar and his ‘signature’ legislation.

    His only legacy will be evil and death.

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      "Fraud" is the appropriate term.

      The law was narrowly crafted to ensure that millions of people would lose their coverage should the slightest adjustment be made to their policies, like a rate increase, or a change in the deductible or co-payment, or if the policy holder chose to alter coverage in the slightest, most commonplace way – adding a newborn to a family policy, for example.

      That was deliberate, it was calculated, and it was nothing less than deceitful to so misinform the public otherwise, so repeatedly and so emphatically. Any private firm repeatedly making such deliberately false statements designed to mislead the public into buying its product or service would face both civil lawsuits and/or criminal prosecution.

      People who get their insurance from corporate employers have a reprieve of one year, and will get hit next year, if current law still applies one year hence. Most of those who have reportedly "signed up" to Obamacare, thus far, have actually opted for either Medicare or Medicaid, not private health insurance.

      The Affordable Care Act is killing the private insurance market while simultaneously transferring enormous amounts of middle class and working class wealth to the unemployed urban underclasses. And it was all done under the cover of lies and the "small print" in the legislation that no one knew about, except for the liars and the defrauders, themselves.

      This is not just a disgrace, it is a scandal of national proportions.

      • conservativemama

        Amen Laddie!

      • Budvarakbar

        Please please people — read these articles — you will see that all this crap is deliberate and intended — AND so far working brilliantly — all according to plan:

        I recommend two articles by the lady from Romania — at Canada Free Press — re the Ukrane in 1930’s and Romania – Moldavia — in 1946-46 >>> esp the latter article illustrates exacly what obie AND the whole damm demo-commie-cRAT partie and their RINO enablers are doing to this country

  • Ting

    I knew it before the bill passed, because in every version that I can remember reading from summer of 2009 until it passed in March 2010, it said that policies in place before the day of passage were grandfathered, but not any after the date of passage. Of course, we did not know what was in the final bill, until we passed the bill as Mrs. Pelosi so joyfully reminded us, but I was pretty sure it was going to end up being in there. Any change at all to the terms of policies that were grandfathered results in a loss of the grandfathered status. It was inevitable to anyone who read it.

    • CharterOakie

      "…to anyone who read it."

      That of course excludes the utter fools who voted for it to pass into law.

      • Ting

        Yep, yep, yep….

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        "There’s always a catch, Catch-23."

  • DocBarry1

    this president lies so often it becomes Obama = lies

  • qtdb7

    So ‘Walking DEBT’ Obama lies –> people die.

  • Patriot41

    Obamacare was never designed to improve the healthcare system as we are now currently seeing. It’s sole purpose was wealth distribution which he bragged about, when first running for president and every since.

    If you think it is bad now, wait until they add about thirty million amnestied illegals to the system. They too, will be filling low paying jobs, not paying taxes and qualifying for subsidies.

  • MaMcGriz

    Thou shalt not lie.

  • JohnInFlorida

    And NOW, perhaps delay is not the best course of action … the pain we’re all feeling is what could turn the tide in the mid-terms … we need it to remain front and center till then! Some pain now for much benefit then!

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