Jun 17 2010

The Lie Of Obamacare – You Can’t Keep Your Current Insurance

Published by at 8:29 am under All General Discussions,Obamacare

When candidate Obama discussed health care he generally gave the impression he could cover the uninsured, lower costs for everyone and enhance the quality of health care without disturbing anyone’s current health care plans.

He Lied.

The proof he lied is now coming out as the real impacts of Obamacare begin to be put in place. The grim reality – no one is going to keep their current health care:

The number one question on my patients’ minds as the new health reform bill passed was whether they would be able to keep their current health care plan, like the president promised. This past week, when the new 83-page draft of regulations was released jointly by the IRS, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor, an answer was offered. Unfortunately, it’s a resounding no.

In fact, the regulations impose a major vise on private insurance, restricting a company’s ability to increase cost sharing (such as coinsurance, deductibles and out-of pocket limits) as well as copayments (“more than the sum of medical inflation plus 15 percentage points or $5 increased by medical inflation”). So it is unlikely that many insurers will be able to remain viable without raising premiums (not restricted by the regulations) or slashing services.

More here:

Internal White House documents reveal that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare. That numbers soars to 66% for small-business employers.

The documents — product of a joint project of the Labor Department, the Health and Human Services Department and the IRS — examine the effects new regulations would have on existing, or “grandfathered,” employer-based health care plans.

And those White House numbers are the rosy side of the estimate. It seems safe to say most plans (except those union plans exempted by liberal special interests groups) will be affected before all is said and done. And it will not be cheaper when the dust settles:

Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.

For the first time, most of the American workforce is expected to have health insurance deductibles of $400 or more, the consulting firm said in a report released to The Associated Press.

Anyone who believed the fantasy promises of the liberal democrats was kidding themselves. Obamacare is going to completely change health care as we know it. And given how well these clowns have dealt with the gulf oil spill, it will clearly not be a change for the better.

Voters need to understand they need to jettison as many Democrats as possible from Congress this fall.  The GOP needs to have the numbers to not just stop Obama and his Mad Hatters from doing more damage with other brilliant ideas, but also so they can put the breaks on all this mess our young, lame duck leader has already bullied by.

Jay Cost at RCP said it very well today:

This strategy has the same odor that stank up the final stages of health care reform. After the voters of Massachusetts elected Scott Brown to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat, the President refused to take the hint. Instead, he employed budgetary reconciliation – a technically legal legislative parlor trick that, had the shoe been on the other foot, would have provoked howls of outrage from the left and especially from our holier-than-thou President – to jam through a bill that the public had expressed sustained and significant opposition to.

For somebody who seems detached from the details of policy and largely uninterested in legislative wrangling, Barack Obama sure does come across sometimes like a political bully. But this is not bullying some obstinate backbench legislator. Instead, this is bullying the American people. With health care reform, he basically told the country that he didn’t care what it thought. The fact that people opposed the bill was proof they didn’t know what they were talking about. Now, apparently, the evolving strategy on energy is the same. Don’t like cap-and-trade? That’s your problem, not his. Plan to vote out Democrats in favor of the idea? Like he cares. He’ll pass it anyway.

Obama has run out of political capitol, though he has yet to run out of sympathy (which is the next to go). But that too is draining quickly as left and right pan his failures in the face of the Gulf Oil crisis. What he and his party are doing now is attracting anger and frustration (the opposite of good will or political capitol). It is one thing to have your support go limp and apathetic.

It is totally different to create a massive backlash of anger. Right now, the anger level is sucking up the remnants of all the capitol and sympathy and it becoming focused on November 2010.

15 responses so far

15 Responses to “The Lie Of Obamacare – You Can’t Keep Your Current Insurance”

  1. Alert1201 says:

    “The GOP needs to have the numbers to not just stop Obama and his Mad Hatters from doing more damage with other brilliant ideas, but also so they can put the breaks on all this mess our young, lame duck leader has already bullied by”

    Not only do they need the numbers, but they need the guts to do this. Something tells me they won’t have them.

  2. Alert1201 says:

    Opps! Should be “need the guts to do this.”

  3. ph2ll says:

    Being from a long time Democrat voting family it is amazing to see them express confusion and anger at how this last year and half has gone. I kept telling them that these aren’t the Democrats from yesteryear, these are true radicals bent on changing this nation whether we like it or not. Yesteryear’s Democrats like Truman and Kennedy would be Republicans today. Because the radicals would have driven them out of the party on a rail. I can safely say that my family history of voting for the party of Truman and Kennedy has cast its last vote forever, or at least a generation, for a Democrat. As my family, many other family’s have come to the same conclusion….voting Democrat is in no one’s interest!

  4. lurker9876 says:

    Alert1201, agreed. The GOP party needs to have the courage, honor, and virtue to push for conservative principles. One of the first things that they should do is to have one and only one session per year with a limited number of days and they all go home to their full time jobs.

    Lofty goals at that but that’s what the founders did, right?

    ph2ll,

    Amazing. Not even Jimmy Carter could turn that many Democrats to abandon their party as Obama is and will.

    This brings the next question…what are Hillary’s odds for 2012? At least getting a nomination from the superdelegates AND the caucuses and the november vote?

  5. ivehadit says:

    Lurk, there are some democrats, bigtime Hillary supporters, who will NOT support Hillary in 2010. Wonders never cease…

  6. Wilbur Post says:

    ph2ll, you are correct. Thomas Sowell said it best (comment was made a few years ago, hence the time frame is off): “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today.” The Democrats you and I knew in our youth are today’s personna non grata.

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  8. Alert1201 says:

    Lurker,
    Here is an interesting post at RedState with some good comments about Hillary in 2012
    http://www.redstate.com/ben_domenech/2010/06/17/could-hillary-return-in-2012/

    There is also a good post on how Obama is changing the nomination process for 2012 so what happened to her will not happen to him.
    http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2010/06/17/quietly-revising-the-2012-democratic-nomination-process/

  9. Terrye says:

    I think the GOP will stop this if they have the people. We can call them cowards all we want, but the American people voted these Democrats in office to do all this damage. If the Republicans are not at the table, they can not win.

  10. stevevvs says:

    I’ve been trying hard to properly learn what the Founders wanted for us, clearly, this bill wasn’t it. It’s clearly unconstitutional. But most of what Congress and Presidents have done, has been unconstitutional.

    Everything Congress can do is enumerated in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. If they wish to do more, they can amend the Constitution. It’s really that simple, but both Parties would rather try their best to make the simple, complex.

    A few weeks back, for reasons I don’t know, the Cato Institute send me a pocket booklet on the Constitution. In the Preface, their Constitutional director, Roger Pilon, whites brilliantly on this, and the commerce clause and the general welfare clause.

    Now the Democrates claim they can pass this under the commerce clause. But this is not true. That clause was put there for Congress to make sure commerce was free amongst the states, NO restrictions. But this bill BLOCKS commerce between the States, rather than keeping it “Regular,” as the founders wanted.

    But many States prior to this were also blocking YOU from buying insurance that may have been cheaper in another state. So no one has followed the Constitution.

    And if you look at Social Security, Medicare, and all the rest, they should have been put in place by the amendment process, as the Constitution under Article 1 Section 8, is silent on all this.

    I hope this was helpful. I’m continuing to learn more each day, it’s very important to me. I think my job as a Voter, is to vote for the person, no matter the party, that takes his or her oath seriously. I think that is what spawned the Tea Party movement. I’d like to think so at least. Take care everyone, I hope this was helpful to those who may have wondered just what they can do.

    Oh, one more thing related to this Health Care topic, I’ve pre ordered Thomas Woods book due out soon: Nullification. It’s suppose to be excellent, with tons of documents written by the Founders relating to Nullification.

    http://www.amazon.com/Nullification-Resist-Federal-Tyranny-Century/dp/1596981490/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276882166&sr=8-1

    In case this is of interest to you.

  11. WWS says:

    Here’s yet another facet of the Obamacare lie – remember how Obama personally promised that the health mandate was NOT any kind of tax increase, and berated George Stepanopoulous in an interview for suggesting that it was???

    Well, now the Obama Justice Dep’t has filed a response to the Constitutionality of the law – the Obama’s official position NOW is that this is constitutional because it really WAS a tax after all!!!

    Impeachment Time!!!

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/18/obama-administration-health-care-mandates-are-taxes-after-all/

  12. momdear1 says:

    Did any of you ever consider that this country is going thru the second reconstruction?Look at the comparisons of what is going on now and what took place in the South after that war. After the Civil War, Southern whites were disenfranchised and illiterate and uneducated former slaves were put in charge of local and state governments. Hoards of Carpetbaggers were sent south to advise them. When reconstruction was lifted in 1887 South Carolona alone had over $50 billion in bonded debt for projects that were never built. Nobody has ever accounted for where that money went. To put that amount in perspective…in the 1860 and 1870 census records the average family farm was valued at begtween $200 and $800. It took SC over 100 years to pay off that debt. The second reconstruction began when industry started deserting the rust belt up north and move south. It was organized and financed by the Ford Foundation, other big foundations with unaccounted for income, unions, the communist party and assorted malcontents looking for a cause.The only thing the instigators did not count on was powerful southern senators who had seniority, making it nationwide. As a result….. the less than most qualified are given preferences in education, jobs, and sit in leadership positions in industry and government while our best and brightest are relegated to make work jobs and used as cannon fodder as a last resort. It’s little wonder we have lost our industrial base and are in debt to the rest of the world. We have allowed our education system to bad mouth our founding fathers and other achievers and elevate those who demand reparations for past real and imagined grievances to positions to be admired. It’s little wonder the American people felt they needed to prove they weren’t racists by voting in the perfect example of socially promoted, self esteem inhanced less most qualified minority as President. He has surrounded himself with today’s equivelant of carperbaggers, self serving, greedy charletons who have already indebted us for trillions and nobody knows where that money has gone either. Those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. I ask you….Have we let theses fast talking con artist convince us that we deserve to experience this second reconstruction?

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  14. MerlinOS2 says:

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/s_686730.html

    As costs and regulations rise, fewer of those “grandfathered” plans will survive. They’ll cover fewer workers — and government-designed plans will cover more. Apparently, bureaucrats will do what the ObamaCare law didn’t to ensure that government takes over health care.

    If the administration holds to the regulatory course it’s setting, ObamaCare in practice will be an even bigger disaster than it appeared to be on paper.

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