Last night I had the exquisite pleasure of listening to NPR explain that the people who were losing the insurance they wanted to keep and who would be forced to pay more for less, were only a few million of the insured. It was taken for granted, by NPR, that a few million robbed of their insurance and extra money every month was no big deal. Who cares about them, right? They’re just the eggs that we break to make the Obamacare omelet.
In the meantime, the White House site still makes the claim (Second paragraph, last sentence), “If you like your plan you can keep it and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.” I checked at 8:35 Central Time last night and the sentence had still not been removed. If it has changed now, you can find a screen capture here.
Yet the NBC News website has run a story saying that the Obama Administration new three years in advance that there would be millions who would not be permitted to keep their insurance.
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.”
But not only did the Obama Administration lie about how bad the law would be, even after it passed they made changes in the law in order to make it worse. The original law did allow for some plans to be “grandfathered” by those who wanted to keep them.
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.
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 explains to me why I was given a false sense of security about my own insurance. I was told that my plan could be “grandfathered.” But no one could know what changes Sebelius was going to make in the law.
In case you have forgotten how blatant the lying was, here is a reminder. It gets especially relevant at about 1:07.
“Disinformation.” “Deceptive headlines.”
Not only did they lie about their law, they falsely accused those who tried to warn the public of lying.