“If I like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.” Had President Obama shouted that slogan before, during and after the debate over Obamacare, he would have been honest about an Affordable Care Act rule that, CBS News reports, already has cost some 2 million Americans their health insurance — including me.
Instead, Mr. Obama lied and lied and lied again.
In one of at least 23 utterances of this shattered promise that Dan Amira cataloged for New York magazine, Mr. Obama said, “If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period. End of story.”
As recently as June 28, 2012, the president said, “If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”
Mr. Obama spoke two years and 11 days after the Federal Register published regulations on June 17, 2010, that put individual-market plans in stress positions and threatened to prohibit them if they blinked. In some cases, a mere $5.21 increase in coinsurance could effectively render a policy illegal.
As NBC News’ Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye reported on Oct. 29, while the president spewed lies, “the administration knew that more than 40 [percent] to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.” So, among the 10.9 million individual policyholders whom the Kaiser Family Foundation identified last November, Obama & Co. knew that roughly 4.4 million to 7.3 million would lose their plans — even if they liked them.
The president’s big lie continues. Incredibly, on Thursday afternoon, the White House website insisted, “If you like your plan you can keep it, and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.”
Wednesday’s edition of The Washington Post awarded Mr. Obama four out of four Pinocchios for this deception, the newspaper’s deepest dishonor for the damnedest lies.
Beyond lies, Obamacare’s other active ingredient is surgical-grade arrogance.
Mr. Obama greeted the cancellation of coverage for at least 2 million Americans by attacking the intelligence of those now losing their insurance. These “substandard” and “cut-rate” plans, he says, are sold by “bad-apple insurers.” Mr. Obama also has dismissed these individual plans as “Acme insurance.”
As always, the president points fingers at supposedly evil private companies who dupe doe-eyed Americans too stupid to select products that satisfy their needs and budgets. As he said Wednesday in Boston, “For the fewer than 5 percent of Americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal.”
How dare he? Who is Mr. Obama to dictate to American adults what kind of plan is “better” than another?
I am a 49-year-old, law-abiding American citizen of, I am told, above-average intelligence. I should be free to keep my insurance, with which I have been perfectly content. Instead, Easy Choice Health Plan of New York has canceled my coverage effective Dec. 31 because it does not include “a core set of comprehensive benefits” that are “required by federal health care reform, called the Affordable Care Act (the ‘ACA’).” All health plans now must feature these “minimum standards,” as Mr. Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney calls them. They include — among many others — hearing aids, postnatal care, and pediatric vision and dental services.
Why is this “better” for me? While I sometimes could listen more carefully, I can hear just fine. Why must I insure against glasses and teeth cleanings for children I do not have?
Why should postmenopausal women purchase birth control and maternity-care coverage — neither of which they need, and both of which work at cross-purposes?
Amid Obamacare’s insufferable parade of absurdities, this one should place this entire stinking mess into perspective:
Mr. Obama will fight relentlessly for a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. If she chooses, though, to cover it through her “substandard” insurance, he will make sure that she cannot keep the plan she likes. End of story.
Deroy Murdock is a nationally syndicated columnist.