Obama Lied – again!
It is my belief that Obama intended for young people to lose their current health insurance and force them into the exchanges in order to subsidize those who cannot afford health insurance.
White House spokesman Jay Carney ADMITTED Monday (10/28/13) that some Americans won’t be able to hold onto their current healthcare plans under Obamacare – “if you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.” (President’s 2009 emphatic promise).
Don Stewart, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell questioned whether that promise had been kept. “Remember: The President didn’t say if you like your plan AND WE APPROVE IT you can keep it.” The Washington Post reported, "He promised that if you like your plan, you can keep it, period— “no matter what.”
NBC News, citing unnamed sources, reported that the administration knew that some 50 percent – or as many as 80 percent – of those with individual insurance policies could expect to be canceled largely because their policies don’t meet ObamaCare’s minimum standards of coverage.
The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning we can keep our policy even if it does not meet requirements of Obamacare. Then, the Department of Health and Human Services 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, the policy would NOT be grandfathered.
Buried in the regulations from the July 2010 law was an estimate that “40-67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market. 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 40-67 percent range.” Robert Laszewski of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, told NBC, “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.” He estimated that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies.
Fox news confirmed that the White House knew as early as 2010 that over 10 million people would lose their current doctor under Obamacare. It appears that Obama specifically targeted the young and healthy that had low cost, higher deductible plans. While group plans and the plans that older people tend to have appear to meet the 10 elements, the plans that younger persons have don’t. Obama KNEW that these plans would be canceled. “So it’s true there are existing healthcare plans on the individual market that do not meet those minimum standards and therefore do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act,” Carney said.
And there we have it. Obama continually and deceptively told America over-and-over again that we had no fear of losing the health care we have. He implied that his only intention was to make health care available and affordable to some 30 million without insurance. And, that the average American family would save $2,500 a year. Yet, it is now clear that at least as early as 2010 he knew millions would have to lose their insurance and be forced into paying more to subsidize his legacy. Why didn’t he tell us this during the election?
A Look at Healthcare Promises
"You can keep your current plan"
IBM is eliminating 110,000 retirees from its health insurance program. Instead of paying higher costs they are making a lump-sum payment to Medicare-eligible participants and having them buy their own policies. New research indicates that nearly half of the companies still offering health insurance to their retirees expect to drop them within the next two years.
Restaurant owners are also responding by reducing employees to less than 30 hours a week in order to avoid healthcare. Some 16 percent of restaurant workers are at risk of reduced hours, according to estimates from the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education.
"Lower health care premiums by $2,500"
Ask the people around you if their premiums have gone down. How could any sane person conclude that adding millions of new individuals into subsidized health care could lower premiums??? According to Forbes, Obamacare will increase the premium of individual policies by 99% for men, and 62% for women.