“With the media finally in ‘now it can be told’ mode since Obamacare passed and President Obama was reelected, pretty much everyone is admitting what all of us knew four years ago— that no, not everyone would be able to keep their plans if they liked their plans. And, yes, the Obama administration knew it just as sure as its critics did.
“It was a lie and an obvious one, but the administration, much of the media, and Obamacare supporters happily acted as if it were true and happily smeared those who suggested otherwise. Tonight, the president’s right-hand woman tries the lie again, even as it’s demonstrably unraveling before the nation’s eyes.
“Let’s try to walk through this inanity. There’s nothing in Obamacare that forces people out of their health plans. Instead, Jarrett asserts, insurance companies are just deciding to change their plans, throwing people off their current coverage.
“She leaves out the part where Obamacare legally requires all health insurance plans to include a certain number of benefits that was above and beyond what many more, ahem, affordable plans offered, thereby making certain plans illegal. Many of those plans were plans that people liked and were assured they could keep. Obamacare offered a ‘grandfathering’ clause, which the administration later eviscerated after it had served its political purpose, ensuring even more people would lose their current coverage. So, no change is required by you under Obamacare unless your insurance company goes and changes your existing plan to comply with Obamacare.” —Mary Katherine Ham, Valerie Jarrett: Obamacare Doesn’t Force You Off Your plan; Your Insurance Company Does, by Complying with Obamacare
“Under the Affordable Care Act, EVERY insurance plan for EVERY American must include the ‘Ten Essential Health Benefits.’ One of the items on that list, thankfully, is maternity and newborn care. That means all humans, whether they be dudes, or menopausal women, or the elderly, must pay for a health plan that covers them in case they get pregnant. If their current plan doesn’t include that sort of coverage — because they’re brazenly assuming that the fact that they’re a man, or 90 years old, would somehow preclude them from ever needing it — their health insurance will be canceled. Better to have no insurance than insurance that is specific to your own needs and desires, am I right?
“President Obama said at least 23 times on camera, ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it.’ But anyone who isn’t a Tea Partying anarchist understands what he CLEARLY meant when he said that. He meant ‘you,’ as in, the universal ‘you.’ As in, ‘we.’ As in, ‘the collective.’ As in, ‘the government.’ So, if you take the blinders off and open your mind, you’ll read it like this: ‘if the government likes your plan, you can keep it.’ Remember, there are no individuals in Obama’s America. We are all a part of the Uniformed Collective. YOU — you, specifically — can’t necessarily purchase coverage that works for you, specifically, because it might not work for your neighbor. And then where do we end up? Everyone is just running around all over the place, buying goods and services according to their needs and wishes? That’s CHAOS. CHAOS, I tell you.” —Matt Walsh, The Positive Side of Obamacare that Fox News Doesn’t Want You to See
“You can’t keep your insurance if you like it under Obamacare, because you’re too ignorant to understand what’s good for you.
“That’s the argument we’ve been hearing from a lot of folks on the left – an argument that pivots from ‘common good’ to soft authoritarianism. President Barack Obama is all in, as well, claiming that he was merely guilty of forcing Americans to pick a ‘Ferrari’ health care plan over a ‘Ford’ one. (Is it really “picking” if you’re forced?)
“CNN.com contributor Sally Kohn wrote a piece titled ‘A canceled health plan is a good thing.’ You’re not getting what you want; you’re getting what you need. Kohn – unsheathing the “public good” justification that opponents of same-sex marriage regularly use – failed to mention even once that the president explicitly assured Americans while campaigning for the Affordable Care Act that ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it.’ NBC News is reporting that the Obama administration knew that millions of Americans would probably lose their current health plans because of the implementation of the law, yet it went on lying.
“It’s almost as if some people believe lying is acceptable – even preferable – if the political outcomes are morally pleasing to them. Many Obamacare supporters, in fact, are beginning to sound as if they couldn’t care less about process, the law, order, competence or anything that undermines the goal of putting your health care choices into more capable hands.” —David Harsanyi, ObamaCare’s Authoritarian Problem
“The White House is pressuring insurance companies not to speak publicly about Obama administration policies that could eliminate the existing health insurance plans of millions of Americans.
“The administration made ‘clarifications’ to the 2010 Affordable Care Act after it was passed that have already wiped out hundreds of thousands of existing health plans.
“‘Basically, if you speak out, if you’re quoted, you’re going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet,” said CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin on Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday night. […]
“‘They feel defenseless before the White House P.R. team,’ Griffin said. ‘The sources said they fear White House retribution.’” —Katie McHugh, White House Exerting ‘Massive Pressure’ on Insurance Companies to Keep Quiet
“Appearing before Congress on Thursday, the magicians of Obamacare eventually conceded that, on their supposedly HIPAA-compliant database, deep in the ‘information architectural process’ is a teensy-weensy little bit of ‘source code’ that reads, ‘You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication of any data transmitted or stored on this information system.’
“Democrat members of the House committee professed to be bewildered at why anyone would be either surprised or upset to discover that his information can be shared with anyone in the federal government, including a corrupt and diseased IRS that uses what confidential information it can acquire to torment perceived ideological enemies. And at a certain level the more blasé of the people’s representatives such as New Jersey’s Frank Pallone have a point: If Obama thinks nothing of tapping Angela Merkel’s cell phone (as she had cause to complain to him on Wednesday, in what was said to be a “cool” conversation, and not in the hepcat sense), why would he extend any greater privacy rights to your Auntie Mabel? —Mark Steyn, Obamacare’s Magical Thinkers
“U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is allergic to the truth. She is the ruthless enforcer of Obamacare’s Jenga tower of lies upon lies upon lies. Now that this fatally flawed government edifice is collapsing, you can expect Sebelius to do what she has done her entire career: blame, bully and pile on more lies.
“Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare’s damage to their customers and workers, Sebelius brought out her brass knuckles. Remember? As I reported at the time, the White House coordinated a demonization campaign against Anthem Blue Cross in California for raising rates because of the new mandate’s costs. Obama singled out the company in a ‘60 Minutes’ interview, and Sebelius sent a nasty-gram demanding that Anthem ‘justify’ its rate hikes to the federal government.
“A private company trying to survive in the marketplace was forced to ‘explain’ itself to federal bureaucrats and career politicians who have never run a business (successful or otherwise) in their lives. Sebelius went even further. She called on Anthem to provide public disclosure of how the rate increases would be spent — a mandate that no other private companies must follow.
“In an even more heavy-handed effort to suppress criticism, Sebelius wrote America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national association of health insurers, ‘calling on their members to stop using scare tactics and misinformation to falsely blame premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act.’ The threatening cease-and-desist letter commanded: ‘I urge you to inform your members that there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases. … Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections.’
“The speech-stifling gag order declared war on every opponent of Obamacare who dared to question the administration’s phony claims of cost-savings or expanded access.” —Michelle Malkin, The Thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius
“A law designed to cover the uninsured is now throwing far more people off their insurance than it can possibly be signing up on the nonfunctioning insurance exchanges. Indeed, most of the 19 million people with individual insurance will have to find new and likely more expensive coverage. And that doesn’t even include the additional millions who are sure to lose their employer-provided coverage. That’s a lot of people. That’s a pretty big lie. […]
“Beyond mendacity, there is liberal paternalism, of which these forced cancellations are a classic case. We canceled your plan, explained Jay Carney, because it was substandard. We have a better idea. Translation: Sure, you freely chose the policy, paid for the policy, renewed the policy, liked the policy. But you’re too primitive to know what you need. We do. Your policy is hereby canceled.
“Because what you really need is what our experts have determined must be in every plan. So a couple in their 60s must buy maternity care. A teetotaler must buy substance abuse treatment. And a healthy 28-year-old with perfectly appropriate catastrophic insurance must pay for bells and whistles for which he has no use. […]
“Obamacare is the largest transfer of wealth in recent American history. But you can’t say that openly lest you lose elections. So you do it by subterfuge: hidden taxes, penalties, mandates and coverage requirements that yield a surplus of overpayments.
“So that your president can promise to cover 30 million uninsured without costing the government a dime. Which from the beginning was the biggest falsehood of them all. And yet the free lunch is the essence of modern liberalism. Free mammograms, free preventative care, free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke. Come and get it.” —Charles Krauthammer, ObamaCare Laid Bare
“During the course of the hearing, Sebelius promised the website would be completely operational by November 30, but admitted there are no fallback options for those who have lost their insurance, even if they are unable to sign up for a new policy before their current one runs out.
“As far as Sebelius taking responsibility for the current failure of the website, one should remember a similar statement was made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with regard to Benghazi. Clinton’s acceptance of responsibility amounted to exactly nothing. Since Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced late yesterday afternoon that the ‘President has complete confidence in Secretary Sebelius,’ she is likely to ‘suffer’ the same fate.
“Meanwhile, as is always the case with this administration and their media sycophants, the real action on healthcare is occurring largely under the radar. While Americans are having difficulty keeping old policies or buying new ones, Medicaid enrollment – as in enrollment in a single payer government run healthcare program – is exploding. The numbers are stark. In Washington, 87 percent of the more than 35,000 people newly enrolled in the healthcare system signed up for Medicaid. In Kentucky, it was 82 percent of 26,000 new enrollments, and New York, Medicaid accounts for 64 percent of that state’s 37,000 new enrollments. ‘Medicaid experts say they’re not sure why they’re seeing the lopsided enrollment numbers, but point out it’s easier to enroll in Medicaid than private insurance,’ reports CBS, apparently oblivious to obvious correlation.
“What some Americans are not oblivious to is the threat this represents. ‘Either the private insurance enrollments come up somewhere around the expected amount or there’s going to be a problem. … You need a volume and you need a mix of people that are healthy as well as high users in private insurance, in order to have it be sustainable,’ said Gail Wilensky, a former Medicaid director.” —Arnold Ahlert, Sebelius’s Big Day of Big Lies
“If an alien landed and asked why America has Obamacare when most people hate it, we’d have to say: Because the Democrats had 60 votes in the Senate.
“The Democrats’ policy is: We vote and vote and vote, until it finally comes out their way, then we never vote again. (This, too, is detailed in Never Trust a Liberal Over Three.) That’s why the moment this greased-through, widely detested law was enacted, liberals began hailing it as the ‘law of the land.’ How dare you question ‘settled law’? Are you unpatriotic?
“Democrats would never have been in a position to pass Obamacare if both sides of the Republican Party hadn’t helped them win elections. The establishment Republicans screwed over our party with their greed, incompetence and lassitude, and the conservative purists screwed our party by running candidates who could not possibly win.” —Ann Coulter, Thank These Republicans for ObamaCare
“The public may have long ago forgotten that Obama did not close down Guantanamo as promised, or cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, or stop the revolving door of lobbyists coming in and out of the executive branch.
“The public may even have forgiven the president when the stimulus bill never lowered unemployment as promised, or when his misleading boasts about vast increases in oil and gas production came to fruition despite, not because, of his efforts.
“But the distortions and broken promises have now become so frequent that many at home and abroad are finally tuning out the president. Almost nothing promised about the Affordable Care Act is proving true. Contrary to presidential assurances, Obamacare has not lowered premiums or deductibles. It will not reduce the deficit or improve business competitiveness. It really will alter existing health plans and in some cases lead to their cancellation. Signing up is certainly not as easy buying something online on Amazon. […]
“Obama understandably came into office with a sense of immunity. His personal story and nontraditional background made him an emblematic figure. An enthralled media had unfortunately redefined its role as an appendage to, rather than an auditor of, the presidency. After the unpopular Bush administration, even Obama’s empty “hope and change” platitudes were considered deep.
“Yet after nearly five years of scandals, untruths and hard economic times, a now-ignored Barack Obama has finally learned that even an iconic president can tell one too many untruths.” —Victor Davis Hanson, Obama’s Credibility Gap
For further enlightenment:
Obamacare Fiasco Proves President Is No Chess Master, by Jonah Goldberg
United Against Obamacare, by Michael Reagan
The First Hustler Runs the Big Con, by Pat Buchanan
Docs Resisting Obamacare, by Carl Campanile
How the Obama Administration Made Sure People Couldn’t Keep Their Plans, by Patrick Brennan