by Bob Quasius – Until at least 2012, Obama has been promising that under Obamacare, Americans can keep their health insurance, their doctors, etc.
The Big Obamacare Lies
“We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.” - Barack Obama, June 15, 2009
“Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.” - Barack Obama, September 9, 2009
Hear it direct from Obama’s own lips:
Obamacare Lies Exposed
Now, Fox News and other media outlets report the White House knew at least as early as 2010 that ten million or so Americans with individual policies would lose their health insurance, not to mention millions more losing their health insurance when businesses dropped spouses, dropped insurance altogether because the penalty for not providing insurance is less than the cost of the insurance itself, etc.
From the July 19, 2010 IRS 2010 Obamacare regulations:
In the individual market, one study estimated that 40 percent to 67 percent of individual policies terminate each year. Because all newly purchased individual policies are not grandfathered, the Departments expect that a large proportion of individual policies will not be grandfathered, covering up to and perhaps exceeding 10 million individuals.
More than likely, Obama knew from the very beginning, in 2008, that millions of Americans would lose their health insurance. Note the the IRS regulations cited a May 2008 study sponsored by the reputable Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which surely was available to Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in 2008.
Source: Adele M. Kirk. The Individual Insurance Market: A Building Block for Health Care Reform? Health Care Financing Organization Research Synthesis. May 2008. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
It’s implausible that Obama didn’t know about this massive loss of health insurance coverage all along. In other words, Obama has lied to the American people for years, in order to push his agenda.
Kathleen Sebelius should resign, not just for lying, but the sheer incompetence evident in rolling out Obamacare.
The Obamacare train is rapidly turning into a train wreck, from the broken promises to the failed web site. While it’s fair to say that not everything in Obamacare is bad, it’s clear major surgery is needed. The individual mandate should be delayed for at least a year while the program is overhauled, if not repealed outright. Government should never be in the business of forcing consumers to buy a product!
Repeal Obamacare or Overhaul?
There are parts of Obamacare that I believe should be retained, though in some cases modified:
- Removing barriers to insurance for treatment of pre-existing conditions.
- Grants to community health centers, 501(c)3 organizations that often rely on volunteers, private grant funds, etc., which in my opinion to a particularly good job of providing health coverage in under-served communities and groups, such as migrant workers, immigrants, etc.
Congress should start from the position of total repeal, then retain the few good parts, rather than attempt to fine tune Obamacare.
Bob Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans.