Did President Obama Mislead Americans About the Affordable Care Act?

Remember back when President Obama promised us that if we liked our health care plan, we could keep our health care plan? Well, he better check his pants, because there’s a good chance they’re on fire, as millions of Americans are about to lose their health insurance.

Repeatedly over the last several years, President Obama has reassured worried Americans that if they were happy with their health care plans, they’d be able to keep them. I guess what he really meant to say was, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan … so long as it meets all the stringent requirements that I decide are necessary, and you’re willing to pay the skyrocketing premiums.”


Now four sources intimately involved in Obamacare (AKA the Affordable Care Act) say that Obama knew in July of 2010 that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy individual health insurance policies can expect a cancellation letter in the next year thanks to new regulations. One expert puts that number as high as 80 percent.

Whoops. You’re not supposed to get caught lying when you’re the president. It’s just bad form.

Of course the spin-doctors are hard at work claiming that Obama didn’t lie, because he really meant that if you have an adequate plan, you’d be able to keep it. You know, because your average, healthy, 30-year-old male needs coverage for his monthly prescription of birth control pills. Or something.

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Look, a lot of people are were very happy paying lower premiums, even if it meant higher deductibles and more out-of-pocket costs. They’re relatively healthy and don’t need a lot of medical attention. They bought insurance in case something bad were to happen, like they got hit by a Budweiser truck filled of beer, or got gored by a bull or something. Or you know, came down with a freak case of cancer or other life-threatening illness that healthy people don’t expect to get.

That’s what insurance is for. It’s insurance. It’s not your fairy godmother. There is no magic wand to wave to magically make doctors want to work for free, and no amount of making people buy something they don’t want is going to make America better.

That’s what’s happening here. If the president thinks he’s smarter than you, than fine. Come out and say, “Your health insurance isn’t good enough, so I think you should have to buy a better plan.” What’s next? Is your car safe enough? Is skiing the double black diamonds too dangerous? Are you drinking too much soda? Oh wait, the soda thing is already happening.

It’s a dangerous game to play when the government decides what’s best for you. It’s even more dangerous when the president knowingly lies about his motives.

How much have your health care premiums gone up since Obamacare went into law?


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