Three years ago, regulations under Obamacare brought out a little-noticed prediction that between 40% and 67% of health insurance customers “will not be able to keep their policy.” This was expected to be even greater on the individual market.
The President, of course, ignored these numbers and promised variations on “You can keep your plan if you like it” right through his re-election campaign.
With the pressure now on to explain this lie, supporters of Obamacare are scrambling. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and other prominent Democrats, for example, are spinning the President’s words to mean, paraphrased, “You can keep your plan if we decide it’s good enough.” Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett Tweeted it’s all the insurance companies’ faults. And the President told people who will lose their insurance to “shop around” in the (non-functioning) exchange.
Amongst the lie of “you can keep your insurance”/”you can keep your plan”/”you can keep your doctor,” however, is something few observers have pointed out: the statement is a double-lie. Not only is insurance not being kept, it’s being taken away despite people wanting the plans they have.
Notice the President’s words: “You can keep your plan if you like it.” Again, obviously, you can’t keep your plan. But the President also promised you, the consumer, would be making the decision on whether you want to keep your plan. As is being seen across the country, that’s not true – regulations under Obamacare are causing employers and insurance companies to modify or drop coverage, which means the government is making the decision as to whether you can keep your plan.
This is not the first lie under Obamacare, and it won’t be the last. But it’s one of the most important, especially as millions of Americans see their health insurance plans dramatically change or disappear entirely.