Sir Henry Wotton once described an ambassador as “an honest gentleman sent abroad to lie for the good of his country. So what term would be proper to use for a president who knowingly lies to his citizens for the good of, the good of what, exactly?
NBC News, of all organizations, has now discovered that Obamacare began with a lie that Obama knew about and continued to spread for the next three years.
You’ll recall his immortal — or in light of this story, infamous — assurance in 2009 that “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan.” This statement wasn’t true then and it wasn’t true as late as 2012 when Obama was still spreading this false assurance.
Obama administration experts involved in the planning and execution of Obamacare knew from the beginning that as many as 11 million of the 14 million individual health insurance buyers would have their policies canceled by Obamacare edicts.
That’s a cancellation rate of 80 percent.
Yet even after this shocking story was aired by NBC, administration mouthpieces continue to lie. Jessica Santillo claims, “Nothing in the Affordable Care Act forces people out of their health plans: The law allows plans that covered people at the time the law was enacted to continue to offer that same coverage to the same enrollees — nothing has changed, and that coverage can continue into 2014.”
That statement is false on two levels. First if the policy the consumer has now and likes does not contain coverage that Obamacare bureaucrats deem essential — mammograms for males and maternity care for seniors to name but two — then the company may no longer sell the policy. In the truth–based portion of America, this means they lose their coverage.
Second, even if they don’t get a cancellation letter for the policy in 2013, it will come in 2014 when policies that were lucky enough to be grandfathered lose the exemption.
So only a few months into the brave new world of Obamacare we learn it is a law sold by liars and designed by incompetents.
Obamacare was supposed to cover the 20 million “uninsured,” yet we learn over 11 million people who were responsible enough to buy individual coverage without pressure from Uncle Sam will lose their coverage.
Obama promised Obamacare would save families $2,500 each year in premiums. Yet in California alone middle class families will see an average 30 percent increase in their monthly premium.
And of course you could keep your policy.
So can someone please tell me what pressing problem this Obamanation will cure for Americans?
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and Chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.
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