Posted by Tina
Forbes reports this morning that administration officials knew that the ACA (Obamacare) would cause “massive” loss of insurance:
If you read the Affordable Care Act when it was passed, you knew that it was dishonest for President Obama to claim that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” as he did—and continues to do—on countless occasions. And we now know that the administration knew this all along. It turns out that in an obscure report buried in a June 2010 edition of the Federal Register, administration officials predicted massive disruption of the private insurance market.
White House spokesperson Jay Carney dismissed this as irrelevant on the basis that these losses represented only “5% of the population”. However the report’s language suggests that the administration thought differently:
But Carney’s dismissal of the media’s concerns was wrong, on several fronts. Contrary to the reporting of NBC, the administration’s commentary in the Federal Register did not only refer to the individual market, but also the market for employer-sponsored health insurance. …
… How many people are exposed to these problems? 60 percent of Americans have private-sector health insurance—precisely the number that Jay Carney dismissed. As to the number of people facing cancellations, 51 percent of the employer-based market plus 53.5 percent of the non-group market (the middle of the administration’s range) amounts to 93 million Americans.
Mitt Romney was widely criticized for correctly telling a group of potential donors that he would not be supported by 43% of voters in the dependency group. The media twisted the meaning of his words to portray Romney as being prejudiced against that group. In reality the media had helped to massage this group to hold a bias against Romney, characterizing him as a hateful, greedy rich guy.
Barack Obama has not only consistently lied to the American people to push a manipulative, controlling plan, he also callously disregarded the affect this law would have on the lives of an estimated 98 million Americans who would lose the healthcare plan they like. There is no way to spin this to protect the President. Sadly there are some that will attempt to do so anyway.
The spinners are out in force smiling like loons and insisting that the Obama plans that will replace the lost plans are better, unlike the “lemons” the insurance companies offered. The problem with this authoritarian meme is that “take the Obama plan or else” just doesn’t sit well with people that have been promised they had the choice to keep the insurance they liked. The arrogant position that Obaam and his ilk must choose what is best for you also doesn’t go over well.
Obamacare forces every American to pay for the plan that the elites decide they will have. This isn’t America. And Ms. Sebelius’ response to the 98 million Americans who will lose their insurance and be forced to pay more? “Pay cash!”
There are legislators in congress who are considering legislation to help the 98 million Americans to keep their insurance and make insurance more affordable and accessible for all Americans. A widely sponsored bill has been proposed:
Some Senate Democrats are jumping on the grandfathering bandwagon. Mary Landrieu (D., La.), locked in a competitive reelection race against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R., La.), now claims that she was unaware that Obamacare would disrupt existing insurance arrangements. “It was our understanding when we voted for that bill that people when they have insurance could keep with what they had. So I’m going to be working on that fix,” she said on Wednesday.
But that’s not accurate. It was well known, as far back as 2009, that millions of Americans would lose their existing coverage under the Obamacare bill. Landrieu still voted for it. In September of 2010, Sen. Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) introduced legislation that would protect small businesses from losing their health plans’ grandfathered status under Obamacare. Landrieu voted against the bill, on a party-line vote.
Obamacare was fraudulently sold to the American people. It was pushed through Congress with bribes and intimidation and created behind closed doors. Detractors were dismissed as ignorant fringe kooks. Obamacare has also been changed outside the legislative process.
The American people have been rolled by Democrat Party extremists. It’s time for the American people to demand repeal.
A better plan is already available. It has been proposed by representatives in the House and would replace this very bad law with a plan that better serves the people and actually works:
The plan, which is mostly the work of Representatives Phil Roe and Steve Scalise, repeals President Barack Obama’s health-care law. It replaces the unlimited tax break for employer-provided health insurance with a new tax deduction — $7,500 for individuals or $20,000 for families — to purchase health insurance, whether through an employer or on their own. It would let insurers sell policies across state lines. And it would put $25 billion into high-risk pools to help people who would still be unable to buy insurance.
The proposal has room for improvement and expansion but the underlying principles in the plan would be far superior to the disruptive, coercive, expensive, and job killing Obamacare!
Americans have been deceived. As much as this administration and radical Democrats would like you to believe, we are not helpless and we do not have to be victims.
We have the power to demand repeal. Call, fax, email and tweet Congress, now! Make your voice heard.
And next year vote the extremists out! (Yes that would include Hillary on ’16…she once attempted to foist a similar plan on the American people)