Show, Don’t Tell: Obama Uses Words, Not Action, To Say He’s Sorry For Obamacare

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If President Barack Obama were “sorry” for lying to everybody about his healthcare law’s destructive effect on existing insurance policies – the policies he pledged everyone could keep if they liked – he wouldn’t be getting on TV with Chuck Todd to say “I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me.”

He wouldn’t chase a heartfelt mea culpa with an increasingly feeble self-acquittal of how great his plan really will be, one day, when people finally realize he knew what was best for them at a dark time, when everyone lacked faith that there was room for equivocation and nuance in his oft-repeated words: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away from you, no matter what.”

He’d be going to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), urging the Democratic leadership in Congress to modify or repeal the law. He’d call Attorney General Eric Holder off a defense of Obamacare in a legal challenge from Oklahoma’s attorney general. He’d reach out to Congressional Republicans attempting to ameliorate the effect of millions of Americans’ policy cancelations by urging bipartisan support for the Keep Your Health Plan Act, which aims to keep current policies active – if only for another year.

Action, not words.

Here’s a great piece from Time magazine’s “Swampland” blog on Obama’s talking-point reversals as the President has cast about for a defensible Obamacare narrative in the wake of his favorite law’s disastrous launch.

At this point, it almost seems as though Obama isn’t interested in salvaging anything about Obamacare itself. Rather, he seems to be trying to salvage his credibility and the damage he’s done to Democrats, who are staring down a mob of angry constituents as 2014 approaches.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • JimH

    I lied through my teeth and screwed millions of Americans over, But, but, but, I’m sorry. I’ll try to do better.

    • Robert Messmer

      I’ll try to do better so no one will ever find out I am lying. That is what Obama meant.

      • JimH

        Oh, yeah.

  • Elton Robb

    He’s acting like Cain when he was found out, although not as dramatically. “My punishment is hard to bear!”

  • Harold

    Does anyone but total duffas believe anything this pathological liar says?

  • Oldmonkey

    Obama neither apologized, or admitted any blame! All I heard was “Gee, too bad it happened” To be sure he certainly didn’t have enough “True Believers” to win re-election and tell the truth instead of a whopper. Because of this lie many people will die due of lack of insurance because the website doesn’t work and will be left without insurance. Others will die because the custom care they had before was taken away from them. Some like a struggling single mom I heard on the radio the other day, will have to get a 3rd job to pay for inferior care. She prefers that to quitting one of her part time jobs, going on food stamps and free public housing. Why should those be her only choices?
    This is way past a Nixon moment of “What did he know and when did he know it?”

  • Peter Osborne

    Responsibility without consequences is meaningless. Obama admin. never includes consequences no matter how damaging the blunder or negligence.

  • paendragon

    As danfromsquirrelhill recently said about all this:

    http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/obama-gives-fake-apology/

    “Obama apologizes – not for lying – but for the fact that people believed his lies!

    This is an example of a fake apology:

    Person #1: “You’re an idiot.”

    Person #2: “I demand an apology.”

    Person #1: “OK. I’m sorry that you’re an idiot.”

    Whereas a real apology would be:

    Person #1: “I’m sorry that I called you an idiot.”

    Obama just gave a fake apology.

    Look at Obama’s words – he didn’t apologize for lying – he apologized for the fact that people believed his lies.”

    ;-)

  • KennyLLC

    What nobody wants to admit now is that it would have taken some serious legislation to prevent insurance companies from dropping people for nearly any reason they could think of prior to the deadline.
    I bet these same companies will all show up on the exchange in the very near future after bribing some more officials, inflating their prices and inflating their deductibles. They had to leave that loophole untouched.
    Let’s not forget the ridiculous co-pays.

    • GoofBall Gynokovsky

      Over & over the GOP has said let’s pass legislation so people can buy insurance across state lines to drive competition & lower premiums & they have been rebuffed time & time again by the DEMs….Obummer & THE LOONY TUNES LIBS are in bed with Big Pharma & Big Insurers!!!

      • KennyLLC

        Believe it or not, even Michael Moore exposed Hillary Clinton for taking a bribe from them in the movie/documentary “Sicko”.

  • Alan

    “I’m sorry that most everyone remembered my original claims. Now I have to don the mask of sorrow so as to appease you all.” is more like it. This man tells so many lies it’s growing increasingly more difficult with every day to keep up with them all.

  • jzandensky

    You’ll Never get anything meaningful out of the professional Con man. He can’t do it. It’s all ideaological. People don’t matter. Especially each and everyone of you, specifically.

  • jzandensky

    And this…. is Presidential Behavior. Nice precedent he is setting.

  • Motov

    I do not call this an apology, I call this a pile of BS!!
    He’s telling us we still gotta eat this crap he has been lying to us all this time, and still maintains “its” plan is still better, even though no one believe this.

  • Deerinwater

    Well Sir, ~ the charge being made is quite simply “not true”

    Now I suppose that I am committed to defend my rebuttal. ~

    I am really not that current, so allow me to catch up. ~ back in a sec. ~

    first off ; let’s frame the debate;

    • The official name for “ObamaCare” is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It is also commonly referred to as Obama care, health care reform, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    • The Affordable Care Act was signed into law toreform the health care industry by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 and upheld by the supreme court on On June 28, 2012.

    • ObamaCare’s goal is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance, and to reduce the growth in health care spending in the U.S. (REDUCE THE “GROWTH”OF HEALTH CARE SPENDING SPENDING)

    • The fact is ObamaCare does not replace private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. If you have health coverage you like, and it meets requirements of the ACA, you can keep it.

    • ObamaCare doesn’t regulate your health care, it regulates health insurance and some of the worst practices of the for-profit health care industry.

    • ObamaCare offers a number of new benefits, rights and protections including provisions that let young adults stay on their plan until 26, stop insurance companies from dropping you when you are sick or if you make an honest mistake on your application, prevent against gender discrimination, stop insurance companies from making unjustified rate hikes, do away with life-time and annual limits, give you the right to a rapid appeal of insurance company decisions, expand coverage to tens of millions, subsidize health insurance costs, and require all insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

    • ObamaCare’s new benefits, rights and protections also include the requirement that all non-grandfathered health insurance plans cover preventive services and provide new Essential Health Benefits. Learn more about Grandfathered health plans.

    • Ten Essential Health Benefits including emergency care, hospitalization, prescription drugs, maternity, and newborn care must be included on all non-grandfathered plans with no annual or lifetime dollar limits.

    • Free Preventive services including yearly check-ups, immunizations, counseling, and screenings must be included on all non-grandfathered plans at no out-of-pocket costs.

    • Many of Obamacare’s numerous provisions have already been enacted. The rest of the program starts in 2013-2014 and continues to roll out until 2022.

    •. The Affordable Care Act contains ten titles that span over 1000 pages, but most of it’s key provisions are in the first Title. The first title is about 140 pages long (these pages are mostly white space with about 450 characters per page). If you would like to read the whole title for yourself or just want a quick summary check out our Summary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    • Over 100 million Americans have already benefited from the new health care law. This includes more than 105 million people who accessed critical preventive services for free that had previously been subject to out-of-pocket, billions of dollars saved for seniors from the gradual closing of the Medicare Part D “Donut Hole”, billions saved from new accountability measures for insurance companies, and much more.

    • The Affordable Care Act also includes new taxes. Most new taxes are on high-earners, large businesses, and the healthcare industry. However, there are some tax related provisions every American should be aware of: Tax Credits to subsidize costs for low-to-middle income Americans and small businesses starting 2014, an Employer Mandate for large employers to provide health insurance to full-time employees by 2015, an Individual Mandate for individuals and families obtain health insurance by 2014, and lastly new limits to medical deductions.

    Obamacare Facts In exchange for the new rights and protections most Americans must obtain health coverage by 2014, get an exemption, or pay a fee. Learn more about the ObamaCare Individual Mandate.

    • The CBO estimates that in 2016, after the major provisions of health care reform are implemented, 24 million people will be exempted from the Individual Mandate. In most cases if you don’t think you can afford health insurance, you may be exempt and eligible for cost assistance

    • Americans making less than $45,960 as individual or $94,200 as a family of 4 may be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance due to cost assistance subsidies like Tax Credits that reduce premium costs and cost sharing subsidies that lower cost sharing on copays, coinsurance and deductibles.

    A Summary of ObamaCare and Insurance

    The Affordable Care Act reforms the way we buy health insurance requiring that all Americans, purchase a private health care plan, get an exemption or pay a 1% – 2.5% of their taxable income or a set amount (it’s a tax, not a mandate) see ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate for more details. Americans who cannot afford health insurance will most likely either qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP or get assistance in the form of tax credits or assistance with up-front costs through their State’s Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX).

    Okay ! This is what the uproar is about. ~ while the charge is that that he is just Talking and really hasn’t Done anything.

    So what do you want him to do ~ go door to door selling policies or empty bed pans? ~

    “Obama: I’m sorry if you lost insurance CMA hosts riff on Obamacare Political fallout over Obamacare site Democrats on edge over Obamacare
    GOP moves past troubled Obamacare website
    Insurance companies appear to be doing this for a variety of reasons; some are pulling all their plans from certain states where they have fewer subscribers in order to save money.
    In many cases, affected policyholders are being squeezed. They either don’t qualify for subsidies to lower the cost of new premiums or they may have to pay more in the health care exchange marketplace.
    When Obama says he’s looking to fix it, he primarily means steps that can be taken administratively, senior administration officials said.
    Some experts suggest one possible approach would be to ask insurers to delay the cancellation of plans and extend them into the New Year so that people are not left without insurance. That has been done, for example, in the state of California.

    IF You want to keep your crappy insurance policies ~ I think you should have that right. While you should acknowledge the fact, that these policies are not coming up to and meeting the standards required by this reform.

    Insurance policies not worth the paper they were written on ~ was just one of many issues this reform was to address.

    They were policies that offered the insured a false sense of security, ~ You could manage to get passed admission deck and get a bed and aspirin rather then malingering in the ER for 6 hours wait your turn in line among the bullet and knife wounded or auto accident patients.

    The bill for the hospital would be presented to you on your release, You will be asked how you plan to paid for non cover services. Do you own property, CD, Stamp collection, ~ Avon bottles? ~ and your mailbox would get a new invoice everyday for two months by every person that might have been remotely helpful in your treatment. ~ if it was nothing other, then pass by your room.

    The question that I have is, will that change?

    • Motov

      What have you been smoking?

    • Bill Hartman

      Wow, you are an egocentric controlling narcissist just like Obama. Where do you get the idea that you, or Obama, or the congressional staffers who actually wrote the ACA, know better than the individuals what coverage they need? By what strange logic do you conclude that any policy that lacks even the slightest requirement of the ACA is absolutely worthless?

      Lots of people selected relatively inexpensive policies with large deductibles to keep their costs down, yet be well covered in the event of a unanticipated catastrophic event. (Isn’t that what insurance is supposed to be for, whether home, car, liability, or medical?) But the ACA blocks reasonable inexpensive policies. These are the only policies that make any sense for relatively healthy young adults, but the ACA offers them only the choice of no coverage (and an increasing penalty/tax for which they get nothing), or coverage that costs many times more which they simply cannot afford (unless they quit work and go on the dole).

      Well, at least you started your missive out with candor. Indeed, you have not been paying attention to what has been happening with the ACA. Lots of people are loosing their existing coverage.