Obama’s Big Reveal on Obamacare


November 13, 2013


Sometimes an “apology” isn’t. President Obama said Obamacare would let us keep our health insurance, but as of today, at least 4.2 million people have already been told they are losing their insurance coverage in December because of Obamacare. Some 16 million cancellations are expected. This is our “Christmas present” from the President and Congressional Democrats.

Chastised from every corner, President Obama has tried to say he didn’t say what he said. On November 4, the fifth anniversary of his first presidential election, President Obama stood in front of his cohorts at Enroll America and lied about the lie he’d told the American people almost 40 times. He said: 
“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 hadn’t changed since the law passed.”
Nonsense. In fact, the whitehouse.gov website still includes a version of “you can keep it.” And video after video shows Obama saying some version of, “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan. Period.” Last week, liberal reporter Chuck Todd on NBC News asked the president if he owed Americans an apology for misleading them, and this is what Mr. Obama said,
“I regret very much that what we intended to do – which is to make sure that everybody is moving into better plans because they want ‘em as opposed to because they’re forced into it, that we weren’t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place.
“Keep in mind that most of the folks who got these cancellation letters, they’ll be able to get better care at the same cost or cheaper in these new marketplaces.  So, the majority of folks will end up being better off. Of course because the website’s not working right, they don’t necessarily know it right?
“Even though it’s a small percent of folks who may be disadvantaged, you know, it means a lot to them and it’s scary to them. And I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”
This is not an apology.” As Chris Stirewalt from FoxNews, who called Obama’s NBC statement “apology-ish,” says, “It’s only because he and his team cannot do the Internet correctly that he’s sorry.” Yes, and he’s sorry for the fact that he’s stuck in this difficult political situation. Putting the words “regret” and “sorry” in a statement does not an apology make.
But his non-apology has a “big reveal.” First, he says his administration was making sure “everybody is moving.” In other words, he expected a lot of American plans to be cancelled. Then he says people with these “cancellation letters” will get “better care at the same cost or cheaper in these new marketplaces.” These are not “marketplaces.” They are the Obamacare government exchanges. In his clearly coercive plan, the people who are cancelled (purposefully forced into being uninsured) will not get another private insurance policy. They will be herded into the Obamacare exchange for sliding-fee Obamacare coverage, which I call “Medicaid for the middle class.”
His statement to NBC is also filled with additional misleading statements. These include:
  • Claiming the administration did not plan to force American into different plans. [Yes they did.]
  • Calling the new plans “better.”  [Narrow network plans on the Exchange mean less access at higher cost.]
  • Ignoring the fact that there are more people “disadvantaged” by the required cancellation of their private insurance plans (16 million at least) than there are people with pre-existing health care conditions who will get Obamacare coverage. [Only 300,000 people or so are currently enrolled in state high-risk pools around the country.]
  • Saying the administration wasn’t “as clear” as they needed to be about the imposed changes. [The president was perfectly clear; he just wasn’t honest.]
Americans are shocked by Obama’s lies -- and they are increasingly shocked by Obamacare. The Obama administration is not.
Obamacare is doing exactly what it was planned to do: implement a federal takeover of health care with mandatory cancellations of private insurance and mandates on everything from purchasing coverage to dictating medical treatment. HHS needs at least 7 million people enrolled this year for the Exchange – the Obamacare implementation center -- to be financially sustainable. We should do everything possible to make sure that does not happen.
Working with you to stop Obamacare,
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder