insurance cancellations

Obama defends handling of Benghazi, other scandals

Barack Obama

In an occasionally contentious interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, President Barack Obama defended his administration’s handling of the Benghazi terrorist attacks and the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative groups. He also addressed the Obamacare canceled health plan controversy.

Obamacare rollout and Sebelius

O’Reilly began the interview by asking President Obama why HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius still has a job in his administration after the initial, disastrous rollout of the federal Obamacare exchange, Healthcare.gov.

President Obama repeated the line that no one in his administration “anticipated the degree of problems” on the federal Obamacare exchange website, which isn’t necessarily true, given the warnings from some officials that the website wasn’t ready for launch. Instead, he acknowledge the problems and focused on the fixes applied to the website.

PolitiFact Confirms Joe Wilson was Right, Obama Lied

Joe Wilson

It looks like Joe Wilson was right. Wilson, the Republican Congressman from South Carolina, gained instant notoriety when, in the middle of Obama’s September 9, 2009 State of the Union address, Wilson spontaneously yelled out “YOU LIE!” after listening to our Obfuscator-in-Chief drone on about the supposed glories of the new ObamaCare law. In retrospect, it was not that Wilson broke decorum with his outburst that he should be faulted for, but for his failure to specify which of the many Obama lies he was referring to.

Wilson’s accusation has just been given greater validity with the announcement that Obama has won PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” Award. PolitiFact is the Pulitzer-prize winning column of the Tampa Bay Times, which takes claims by politicians and other public figures and rates their truthfulness.

And there is not a lot of truthfulness in Obama’s claim that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” This wasn’t an unscripted, off-the-cuff comment that Obama could be excused for uttering in the heat of a partisan speech defending his health care reform law, but a claim made more than three dozen times, without caveats, without addendum, and without fine print. He said that if we like our doctors or health insurance plans, we can keep them, “PERIOD.”

President Obama thinks he already saved your employer plan

At this point, everyone generally accepts that the President’s purported one-year delay in forcing you to lose your individual health insurance policy (and, more importantly, corralling you into the Obamacare exchange) was political grandstanding amounting to almost no practical benefit.  At last check, 19 states had rejected the so-called “fix.”  For those that have adopted it, congratulations on delaying the inevitable.

The Obama administration has recently tried to reframe the narrative of this fiasco by focusing on the fact that only 5% of Americans purchase an individual health insurance policy.  After all, why concern ourselves over the health plan of 14 or 15 million Americans when their sacrifices will benefit the much grander scope of universal utopia?

Rand Paul talks insurance cancellations, freedom of choice

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) decided to use the story of a Kentucky family yesterday to illustrate how the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, has been hurting common Americans.

He took the story of the Mangiones to the floor of the Senate to explain why President Obama’s promise regarding people’s freedom of choice was misleading at best.

When the President announced that if you liked your insurance plan you would be able to keep it, he ensured the public that our freedom of maintaining a plan granting us the type of coverage we find fitting to our lifestyle would be respected. Now that a small number of Americans are buying insurance through the glitchy heath care exchange website, we are learning that the promise the President made hasn’t been kept.

Because individuals are required by law to purchase insurance plans that cover more than what they are willing to pay for, people’s plans are being canceled for not qualifying under the new health care laws. The same plans President Obama once said individuals could keep, if they liked it.

According to Sen. Paul, the Mangiones “had an individual policy they were happy with. They paid $300 a month.” Once they enrolled for ObamaCare, they learned that “they are now going to be asked to pay $900 a month for things they don’t want and they didn’t choose to have.”

Sen. Paul went on to explain how his own experience with signing up for Obamacare was a failure and how important it is for us to tackle ObamaCare’s freedom of choice problem by keeping the law from hurting more families.

Leukemia patient to Michigan Democrat: “Your decision to vote for Obamacare jeopardized my health”

 Julie's Story

Americans for Prosperity has launched a new issue ad in Michigan targeting Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI), a candidate for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat. The ad features the story of Julie Boonstra, a leukemia patient who lost her health plan because of Obamacare’s narrowly-written regulations.

“I found out that I only have a 20% chance of surviving. I found this wonderful doctor, and a great healthcare plan,” Boonstra says in the ad, the latest in a series featuring individuals whose lives have been negatively impacted by Obamacare. ”I was doing fairly well fighting the cancer, fighting the leukemia, and then I received a letter. My insurance was canceled because of Obamacare.”

“Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable. If I do not receive my medication, I will die,” she continues. “I believed the president. I believed I could keep my health insurance plan. I feel lied to. It’s heartbreaking for me.”

“Congressman Peters, your decision to vote for Obamacare jeopardized my health. It is time to listen to me. It is time to listen to the other Americans citizens out there who are hurting. This is serious. It’s not a game,” Boonstra adds.

LA Senate: Conservative group hits Landrieu on canceled health plans

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is continuing its onslaught of issue ads against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) with a new spot hitting her on the canceled health plans, including 93,000 in Louisiana alone, caused by Obamacare’s narrowly written grandfathered plan regulations.

The ad features different families checking their mailboxes with narrators reading letters from insurance companies notifying them that their health plan had either been canceled or that their premiums had increased.

“Senator Landrieu is playing political games with real people’s lives,” AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement. “Politicians supporting Obamacare seem to forget that their actions have real consequences, such as the cancelled insurance plans, lost access to doctors, and skyrocketing health care costs that define the President’s health care law.”

The three-week ad buy is described as “significant,” though AFP didn’t say exactly how much it spent.

FL-26: Democratic PAC runs another ad criticizing Obamacare

Joe Garcia

The Democrat-affiliated House Majority PAC is running an ad in a competitive Florida congressional district that both criticizes Obamacare and distances Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) from both President Obama and the botched rollout of the law.

“Joe Garcia is working to fix Obamacare. He voted to let you keep your existing health plan and took the White House to task for the disastrous healthcare website,” says the narrator. “And Joe Garcia fought to hold the insurance companies accountable so they can’t deny coverage for preexisting conditions or drop coverage when you get sick.”

Obama considering extension of administrative fix

When the political firestorm over the millions of health policy cancellations became too much of a problem for Democrats to ignore, President Obama, who told Americans they could keep their plans, pushed an “administrative fix” that would allow insurers to voluntarily extend policies for one more year.

But with control of the Senate on the line, it appears that the administration is kicking around the idea of extending plans that would otherwise be outlawed by Obamacare narrowly written regulations for three more years:

The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president’s decision to let people keep their individual insurance policies even if they are not compliant with the health care overhaul, industry and government officials said Thursday.

Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson said Thursday that the administration may let policyholders keep that coverage for as long as an additional three years, stressing that no decision has been made. Policymakers are waiting to see what rate hikes health insurers plan for the insurance exchanges that are key to the overhaul’s coverage expansions.
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Health and Human Services spokesman Joanne Peters confirmed that the issue is under discussion, saying: “We are continuing to examine all sorts of ways to provide consumers with more choices and to smooth the transition as we implement the law. No decisions have been made.”

NC Senate: AFP to spend $1.4 million against Kay Hagan

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has upped the ante against Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). The right-leaning grassroots organization has announced another wave of television ads in North Carolina that encourage the vulnerable Democrat to rethink her support of Obamacare.

AFP has spent heavily in North Carolina in recent months, running ads connecting Hagan to Obamacare and President Obama. In October, for example, the organization ran an ad that blistered Hagan for backing the congressional exemption from Obamacare.

Just last month, after Hagan decided not to appear alongside President Obama at an event in her home state, AFP purchased air-time for an ad that called the two “best friends” and tied her to the “Lie of the Year.”

In its latest media buy — which is worth $1.4 million, according to Politico — AFP is reintroducing an ad it ran in November.

“People don’t like political ads. I don’t like them either, but healthcare isn’t about politics. It’s about people,” says a woman in front of a grayish background. “It’s not about a website that doesn’t work it’s not about poll numbers or approval ratings. It’s about people.”

“Millions of people have lost their health insurance, millions of people can’t see their own doctors and millions are paying more and getting less. Obamacare doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work,” she adds.

AZ-09: Vulnerable Dem says fundamentals of Obamacare are good

Kyrsten Sinema

In 2008, at the height of the recession, then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain tried to ease Americans concerns, proclaiming that the “still the fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

Though his campaign was an uphill battle to begin with, in retrospect, the statement was, arguably, a turning point in that election. Barack Obama and his subordinates hammered away at McCain, using it as evidence that he was out of touch with “ordinary Americans.”

More than five years later, the economy is still recovering from the recession and Americans are uncertain about how key parts of President Obama’s agenda will effect them.

One of the main concerns being Obamacare, which caused health insurance premiums to rise and, through its regulations, millions of health plans to be canceled. But worry not, says Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), the “fundamentals of the law are good.”

During an interview last weekend with a Phoenix-based NBC affiliate, Sinema, one of several vulnerable House Democrats up for reelection this year, tried to downplay problems with Obamacare and the federal exchange website, Healthcare.gov.

“[T]he fundamentals of the law are good,” said Sinema, who was tapped by the White House in 2009 to help craft Obamacare. “When the law is implemented appropriately, it will help more Americans get greater access to cheaper coverage,” adding that she supports changes to Obamacare to “make it more workable.”


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