Another Typical Obamacare Horror Story
October 29, 2013 by Sam Rolley
The Administration of Barack Obama is working hard to spin the Obamacare rollout as a positive step for the American public. But story after story about Americans losing their current healthcare plans despite the White House promise that they wouldn’t, rate shock from Americans attempting to sign up for Obamacare and the faulty Obamacare website make it increasingly clear that the President and his lackeys are simply working overtime to cover lies.
On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney fielded a number of questions from reporters inquiring as to whether the President deliberately misled the American people when he claimed that any person happy with his or her health insurance plan could keep it after the health care law’s implementation.
Asked directly whether the President had lied, Carney simply said, “No.”
The press secretary elaborated, “The President was clear about a basic fact: If you had insurance that you liked on the individual market and you wanted to keep that insurance through 2010, ’11, ’12, ’13, and in perpetuity if you wanted it and it was available, you could. You were grandfathered in.”
Carney went on to blame insurance companies for the fact that many Americans are rapidly being kicked off of their current healthcare plans, saying that insurers had canceled or changed existing plans after the law was passed and that some existing plans which did not meet Obamacare requirements were simply being eliminated.
“What no healthcare reform could envision or could responsibly stipulate is that any plan that might come along in the next few years would be grandfathered in because that would undermine the basic premise of providing minimum benefits for the American people,” Carney said.
“So again, in all of these cases, what is absolutely true is that if you had a plan before the Affordable Care Act that you liked on the individual market, and your insurance company didn’t take that away from you and offer you instead something else that you then purchased, but they provided you the same plan this whole time, you can keep it. And that’s true.”
To Carney’s credit, insurance companies are playing a role. As CBS News reports, insurance companies are jacking up premiums because they simply don’t know how many people will sign up for the Obamacare plans they are offering – they also have no way to know which health demographics the still-unknown number of enrollees will hail from.
While Carney continues to attempt to turn a lie into a half-truth, stories like that of Terry Jones of Fort Dodge, Iowa, are becoming increasingly common. Jones was recently informed that he would lose his current healthcare plan so that he can get a more “affordable” one through Obamacare.
By the White House’s standards, more affordable for Mr. Jones means a plan that costs the same as the one he is on but provides fewer benefits. His other option is an adequate plan at a much higher cost.
Furthermore, some of the organizations listed on Healthcare.gov as navigators that can aid people in Jones’ situation make sense of the healthcare debacle aren’t even aware that they had been saddled with the task.
Here’s a report from WHO-IA, detailing the situation that Jones and thousands of other Americans have recently been faced with thanks to Obamacare: