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Jay Carney admits President Obama lied to Americans about Obamacare

During his daily briefing with reporters, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was pressed on President Barack Obama’s promise that Americans could keep their health insurance plan under Obamacare after an admission by former White House advisor David Axelrod that some will, indeed, lose their coverage.

Ed Henry, a correspondent from Fox News, pointedly asked Carney about Axelrod’s comments and challenged him to admit that what President Obama said wasn’t true.

“The President, when he was trying to get the law passed, repeatedly said, if you currently have health insurance you will be able to keep your plan,” noted Henry. “This morning David Axelrod was pressed on that point and said, the majority — the vast majority — will be able to keep their plans. He no longer works at the White House.”

“From the podium, will you admit that when president said, if you have a plan, you’ll get to keep it, that that was not true?” asked Henry.

“Well, let’s just be clear, what the President said and what everybody said all along was that there were going to be changes under brought about by the Affordable Care Act that create minimum standards of coverage — minimum services that every insurance plan has to provide,” said Carney.

Wisconsin Republican proposes “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act”

Ron Johnson

Back in 2009, as he was beginning the push for his so-called “healthcare reform” law, President Barack Obama promised Americans that they would be able to keep health insurance plan. “No one will take it away,” he said. “No matter what.”

That promise has turned out has turned out to be a lie, as hundreds of thousands of people have lost their health insurance because their plans weren’t compatible with the mandates implemented under Obamacare. Many will now be left to find more costly plans with benefits that they may not want or need.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is hoping to fix this very real and serious problem. He’s proposed the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act,” which will give Americans the opportunity to retain the health insurance plan they had before Obamacare took it away from them.

“One of the most important promises made by President Obama and Democrat congressional leadership to promote the Affordable Care Act was that Americans who were satisfied with their health plans could keep them,” said Johnson in a statement from his office. “That promise has been broken. More than a million Americans have been notified that the plans they like with the coverage they have chosen have been canceled. Millions more Americans will have the plans of their choice canceled in months to come.”

House Questions Obama’s Authority to Delay ObamaCare

Obama and executive power

“[The President] shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed…” — Article II, Section 3 (The Faithful Execution Clause)

Last week, the Obama administration elevated blogging to new heights.  The Treasury Department used its Treasury Notes blog to announce a one-year delay of ObamaCare’s employer mandate.  This was followed by a post on The White House Blog by Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s closest advisor, titled “We’re Listening to Businesses about the Health Care Law.”

The administration’s announcement demonstrated that it’s hip to the modern favored form of communication.  But this announcement came on the eve of the July 4th weekend, a time when we reflect on the timeless principles of our founding.   The flashiness of the blog medium and its informal, in-touch style of conveying the ObamaCare delay has not blinded Americans to what underneath amounts to an old-fashioned executive power grab.

ObamaCare’s Employer Mandate Effective in 2014

The problem is that ObamaCare (PPACA), which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, has a clear effective date for the employer mandate. PPACA section 1513, dubbed “Shared Responsibility for Employers” (the employer mandate), states that the excise tax penalties on employers under IRC Section 4980H “shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.”  End of story.

House Members Weigh-In

Hollywood, Full-Time Employees & Physicians Brace for ObamaCare

Hollywood

It shouldn’t be a surprise by now: under ObamaCare, health-insurance premiums will increase, companies will struggle to stay afloat and doctors will earn less money.

That’s right, physicians will earn less if anybody wants to see ObamaCare thrive.

Washington is taking a step into ensuring that the rates physicians are collecting while working for hospital-owned clinics are lower than the rates they currently collect. According to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the current arrangement that ensures hospitals can bill Medicare at higher rates for services provided by their physicians should be invalidated, given that physicians can offer the same services in different settings. The system that served physicians looking for a way to make up for their declining incomes by establishing long-term contracts with hospitals or hospital-owned clinics could soon collapse. Physicians that once saw an advantage in seeing patients at hospitals in order to counterbalance the high cost of running their own medical practice will no longer see any convenience in maintaining the agreement with hospital-owned clinics.

To offset the expensive mandates, insurance providers must limit what healthcare providers are paid by also controlling what they can and cannot do. While the proposal introduced by the MedPAC is still being considered, it could serve as a strong indicator for future policy making.

While doctors might be losing incentives to work with hospitals when ObamaCare kicks in, employers are already losing incentives to keep employees under full-time contracts.

Sebelius Reveals Administration’s Flawed ObamaCare Concept of Insurance

Kathleen Sebelius

It’s well established by this point that ObamaCare’s full implementation in 2014 will cause premiums to increase significantly.  This cold fact draws a sharp contrast to President Obama’s campaign promise that he would cut the average family’s premium by about $2,500 per year, and Nancy Pelosi’s 2012 pledge that under ObamaCare “everybody will have lower rates.” The Obama administration is now searching for talking points to explain these failures as the looming realities of 2014 begin to confront the administration’s prior platitudes.

The latest theory making its way through the Beltway is that coverage under ObamaCare will be more expensive because it will provide the type of comprehensive coverage that we’ve all been waiting for.  Here is how the AP reported on HHS Secretary Sebelius’s recent comments in response to a study by the Society of Actuaries finding that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32% more for medical claims under ObamaCare:

At a White House briefing Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said some of what passes for health insurance today is so skimpy it can’t be compared to the comprehensive coverage available under the law. “Some of these folks have very high catastrophic plans that don’t pay for anything unless you get hit by a bus,” she said. “They’re really mortgage protection, not health insurance.”

Four years after Obamacare, fewer have health insurance

Trainwreck

Nevermind the cancelations, nevermind the mandates, nevermind the regulations. The primary goal of Obamacare was to extend health insurance to more people. Four years later, that has simply not happened. Why are we still playing this game?

A new Washington Post/ABC poll out Tuesday found that 82% of the country has health insurance, with 18% lacking coverage. That is 4% less than the 86% the same poll found had coverage in March 2010 when the bill became law. More of the country had health insurance in 1993 than they do now.

Historical Coverage

Obama admitted in 2010 that millions would lose their health plans

President Barack Obama told Americans on at least three dozen occasions between 2009 and October 2013 that if they liked their health plan, they could keep under his healthcare reform law. Though he’s recently tried to revise history by lying about the lie, there was never any hint of ambiguity or nuance at any time he repeated promise.

But during the 2010 healthcare summit with members of Congress, he was pressed on the issue by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who cited estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that up to 9 million Americans would lose their health plans because of Obamacare. President Obama admitted that Cantor was right, but insisted that Americans would find a “better deal” on the exchanges.

“The CBO sent a letter, I think it was to Leader Reid, about the Senate bill, and in that letter it suggested that between 8 million and 9 million people may very well lose the coverage they have because of this, because of the construct of this bill,” Cantor told President Obama during the 2010 healthcare summit. “That’s our concern.”

“Because I don’t think you can answer the question in the positive to say that people will be able to maintain their coverage, people will be able to see the doctors they want, in the kind of bill that you are proposing,” he added.

The 36 times Obama said Americans can keep their health plan

The Obamacare Lie

President Barack Obama is trying to change history on his infamous promise to Americans that they could keep their health plan under his 2010 healthcare reform law, falsely saying that he told the public that “you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”

We documented a handful of instances yesterday showing that President Obama never said that at any point during the 2009/2010 healthcare debate. He didn’t even say it after the bill became law. In fact, he continued to repeat the claim that Americans could keep their coverage under Obamacare. Want more proof? The Washington Free Beacon has put together a video of the 36 times President Obama uttered those words:

Obama revising history on his broken Obamacare promise

President Barack Obama is under fire for breaking his now-infamous Obamacare promise that has turned out to be flatly false as millions of Americans have lost their health insurance coverage, and millions more can expect to see disruptions in their plans to meet the law’s regulatory mandates.

Rather than admit that he wasn’t being honest with the American people, President Obama tried to revise history the history of that promise in a speech on Monday evening organized by Organizing for Action, which is the activist organization formed out of the remnants of his presidential campaign.

“If you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,” Obama told his supporters (emphasis added).

“So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act you are grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they have got to change it to a higher standard,” he said. “They’ve got to make it better.”

The problem is President Obama never said that — ever. The statement was always some variation of “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” At no time did he ever put a caveat or qualifier about this. To say otherwise, is historical revisionism, if not an outright lie.

Obamacare opponents need to chill out

Obamacare sucks.  We all know that.  Each day, we learn about more and more people who are finding themselves cut off from their previous health insurance - the same insurance President Obama swore you could keep.  I get that.

Opponents of the measure are, understandably, chanting choruses of “I told you so!”  I can’t say that I blame them.  However, they’re also taking things a bit far.

Many of these opponents are also rubbing it in the nose of those who supported the law, only to find out that they had been duped.  To those people, I have one thing to say: Knock it the hell off!

Yes, they were wrong.  Yes, we are all having to pay for the mistake they made in actually believing that Obamacare would make the world better.  Yes, it’s going to be hell to make the law go away.  I understand all of that.

However, the people reveling in this so deeply are missing out on a golden opportunity.  You see, this is the chance to look at some of these people and begin to unwind the layers of indoctrination they have already endured.  They trusted government, and they’ve been betrayed.  Their eyes might not be open just yet, but they’re primed for it like never before.

Instead of the mocking memes that float around Facebook, maybe the correct approach is to ask them if they understand “why?”

If the answer is no, then you have a golden opportunity to enlighten them.

Of course, many will just parrot Obama’s latest talking points, putting it all on the insurance companies.  You can always engage them in a little “what if?”  The truth is the truth, and no amount of spin coming from 1600 Pennsylvania is going to change that.  None.

Whatever you do, don’t beat them with the truth.  People don’t like to be lectured in the first place.  In the second, someone reaching their own conclusions is so much more profound.


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