As Democrats fret over the unintended consequences of ObamaCare — including higher health insurance premiums and subpar implementation efforts — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is having to play damage control.
Increased premiums are of particular concern to Democrats as the next year’s mid-term is the first election after all the major parts of ObamaCare are fully implemented. Insurance companies have been warning of significant rate increases in excess of 20% in 2013. Studies indicate that premiums could rise by as much at 80% by 2017. Californians could see premiums rise by an even more significant margin. As American face down such a tremendous burden, it’s no wonder that ObamaCare is increasingly unpopular amd continues to face court challenges that could render it meaningless.
During a press conference last Thursday, Pelosi, who once said that Congress had to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it, was asked what she would say to people who are going to see their premiums rise. She first responded that people who didn’t have insurance coverage who will be insured (every American has to have coverage under the law) will see their premiums rise (obviously). She then told the reporter, “I don’t remember saying that everybody in the country would have a lower premium”:
The great thing about today’s world is that with just a little bit of research we can find look at claims made by politicians and decide for ourselves whether or not they’re being honest. Over at The Weekly Standard, John McCormack posted this clip from July 2012 of Pelosi saying, with no ambiguity whatsoever, that “everybody will have lower rates.” Not only did she make that claim, but it was given a “false” rating by PolitiFact:
They said anything they could to get the bll passed, no matter how flatly untrue it was. All that mattered to Obama and Pelosi was passing the bill, they never cared that it was snake oil. It’s catching up to them. Voters could very well make 2014 a referendum on ObamaCare, and Democrats may pay a steep price.