The revelation that President Obama’s Administration knew over three years ago many Americans would not be able to keep their plans has sent many Democrats scrambling for excuses. Several media reports have surfaced with one theme, “We know what’s better for you, but didn’t want to say it.”
In no particular order:
A Democratic guest on Megan Kelly’s Fox show:
Kelly asked, “Was he intentionally misleading, or was there some argument that he was grossly mistaken?”
Hannah argued Obama was “absolutely correct,” explaining that “these plans don’t offer the basic protections that the president has been saying all along are required in any insurance plan unless it has been grandfathered in beforehand.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD):
Hoyer said that Democrats knew that certain policies in the individual market would not meet the new coverage requirements in the ACA, and would therefore be cancelled. The promise of being able to keep current coverage was directed to people who have health care through their employer or have a plan that meets ACA standards, he said. He said that people with cancelled coverage will now have access to better insurance.
Hoyer defended the broader message but said that Democrats would have been wise to have been clearer that many policies would end up being cancelled.
“I don’t think the message was wrong, I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough [and] should have been caveated; assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do,” he said.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:
What the president said and what everybody said all along is that there is going to be changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act to create minimum standards of coverage, minimum services every insurance provider has to provide. So that an individual shopping for insurance, when he or she purchases that insurance knows that maternity care is covered, that preventive services are covered, that mental health services are covered, that the insurance policy you buy doesn’t have an annual limit or a lifetime limit, that there are out of pocket expenses capped at a maximum level, both annually and for a lifetime.
So, it’s true that there are existing healthcare plans on the individual market that don’t meet those minimum standards and therefore do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act.
George Will put it best last night:
The mayor of New York’s been a very candid progressive. He says, ‘I know what you ought to eat, I know what you ought to drink, and I’m going to use the police power of the city to make you do it.’ And ObamaCare says exactly the same thing: You’re free to choose if you choose the right thing.
And why shouldn’t we trust the experts in Washington to do what’s best for a nation of over 300 million people? Back to Will (emphasis added):
For one hundred years now, the narrative of progressivism —from Woodrow Wilson on – has been, progress will come, if, but only if, we concentrate more and more power in Washington, and more and more power in Washington power in the executive branch, and more and more executive branch power in the hands of experts – disinterested experts – such as those who designed healthcare.gov.
So now we know – Obamacare is an official statement by Washington that they know better than we do about what’s best for us. Why is this admission only coming now? Surprisingly, it’s Bill Maher with the answer (emphasis added):
Late night host Bill Maher joined Piers Morgan at the table on Tuesday night to talk all about Obamacare, and Maher was (with some reservations) incredibly critical of the rollout and agreed that President Obama “lied to people” about insurance.
However, Maher was quick to clarify that “insurance companies were always dropping people from their plans” well before Obamacare, and slightly defended Obama when he said that had the president admitted people may not be able to keep their plans, the GOP would have gone bananas and health care would have died on arrival.
There we have it. Rather than admit the truth about Obamacare and have an honest debate on its merits (or lack thereof), the President and his allies relied on misleading rhetoric and sleight-of-hand to pass the law and have it survive the 2012 elections.
Fortunately, the truth cannot hide forever. Now We the People know exactly how stupid the big spenders in Washington think the rest of us are – even as the law they created falls apart around their ears.