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Media finally decides to catch on: Obama knew ‘if you like your plan you can keep it’ was a lie

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By Doug Powers  •  October 29, 2013 11:53 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s hard to decide who to be angrier with: The Obama administration and the Democrats for pushing the lie so hard, or a segment of the media that is now pretending this is a surprise, three years after the law was signed.

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

People like Valerie Jarrett are of course saying the NBC report is incorrect, which is incorrect (whenever somebody in this administration prefaces a claim with “FACT” in all caps, that’s tantamount to an admission that what follows is total BS).

Obamacare proponents are saying the law was written so plans would be “grandfathered” so any policy in effect as of March 2010 could stay in effect even if it didn’t conform to the law, but that was updated:

But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.

And how many health insurance policies have gone three years without changes? Even without the HHS narrowing the provision, basing “if you like your plan you can keep it” on the original “grandfathered” rule was disingenuous at best, because how many private companies would continue to manage plans that were close to being made obsolete by federal law? Only the government wastes money like that.

Either way the Obama administration and the Democrats knew “if you like your plan you can keep it” was a lie. It’s now safe for the MSM to start to catch on since the election is well behind us.

Because of all that, “if you like your plan you can keep it” has now become “most people” can keep their plan, as demonstrated by David Axelrod:

“Most people are going to keep their own plan,” Axelrod said in a discussion with Senator Tom Coburn (R., Okla.). “The majority of people in this country — the vast majority of people in this country — are keeping their plan.”

White House spokesweasel Jay Carney took a similar approach, while Rep. Levin is saying people aren’t losing their existing coverage, they’re “being transitioned.”

On air, NBC News devoted 21 seconds to language in the ACA predicting people would lose existing coverage. Better late than never:

In any case, it’s nice that the mainstream media is catching on a little. Finally.

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**Written by Doug Powers

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