On Monday, the White House admitted that despite Barack Obama’s 2009 promise, some Americans will lose their current health insurance plans, The Blaze reported.
“Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you,” Obama said in July 2009. “First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”
But that is not turning out to be true.
Faced with difficult questions from reporters, White House spokesman Jay Carney eventually said that not everyone will be able to keep their current plans as Obama repeatedly promised.
“What is true is that subsidies are available to individuals that are not necessarily reflected if they just look at premium prices,” he said. “Nearly 50 percent of the people we are talking about here would qualify for a subsidy… The fact of the matter is millions of Americans are going to have available to them insurance that they’ve never had, and quality insurance that they’ve never had.”
NBC News reporter Peter Alexander asked Carney how many Americans will lose their current insurance or be forced to change plans because of Obamacare.
Carney admitted that some people will be forced away from plans that don’t meet minimum Obamacare standards.
“So does the White House concede that there are winners and losers in this plan?” Alexander asked. “Including one individual we spoke to in North Carolina whose family, to keep the closest, similar plan to the one they have now, will pay 430% more than their present plan.”
Carney refused to get into specific examples, but claimed that “people are going to have affordable health care available to them that wasn’t available before.”
But the reports so far do not seem to bear that out.
Amy Ridenour tallied up nearly 1.5 million people in just six states and the District of Columbia who have already lost their coverage thanks to the massive law:
- 800,000 in New Jersey.
- 119,000 from Blue Shield in California.
- 160,000 from Kaiser in California.
- 300,000 in Florida.
- 24,000 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 13,000 in central and eastern Pennsylvania.
- 76,000 from CareFirst in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
“That adds up to 1,492,000 cancellations. And that number is low as similar cancellation notices have gone out in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. We also know that Humana has cancelled policies in Maryland. Unfortunately, no numbers are available thus far in those cases,” she added.
And it’s only going to get worse. A post at the Weekly Standard says that according to health policy expert Bob Laszewski, an estimated 16 million Americans will lose their current insurance because of Obamacare.
Some of those include a former Democratic staffer who supported Obamacare for two years after losing her job as a congressional aide.
“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong,” Sue Klinkhamer said.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Klinkhamer is one of those who received a notice that she would lose her current coverage.
Currently, her plan costs $291 and has a $3,500 deductible. But Blue Cross told her that she would be losing her coverage thanks to Obamacare.
“Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible.”
“Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?” she asked.
A woman in Florida saw her premium increase from $54 per month to $591, an increase of more than ten times. CBS says the woman was happy with what she had and doesn’t understand why her premium is so high.
Obama’s promise keeps cropping up: “If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you.”
But for an increasing number of people, that promise was nothing but a lie intended to sell a flawed product.
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