World Net Daily reported Monday that “legendary comedian Jackie Mason has uncorked a full-blown assault” on President Barack Obama for the multiple “lies” he has told during “his troubled attempt at providing health care for Americans.”
“It’s such a ridiculous thing,” Mason, 76, told host Aaron Klein on WABC in New York City during an interview Sunday night. “The whole country’s walking around wondering if this guy’s really the president of a country. He sounds more like a maniac in an asylum.”
This is becoming so ridiculous, that even the biggest liar can’t top himself. He looks at you straight in the face, and tells you that if you want your plan, you got your plan, you keep your plan. Now, a month-and-a-half later, you got no plan, you lost your plan, and he tells you you still got a plan.
For Edie Littlefield Sundby of California -- who wrote for The Wall Street Journal Sunday that "you also can't keep your doctor" -- the president's Obamacare deception is no laughing matter.
“My grievance is not political,” explained Sundby -- who described herself as one of Obamacare’s “losers” -- "all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics.”
For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than two percent after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.
Sundby’s primary oncologist is at Stanford University in San Diego. Her primary care doctors are at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD).
UCSD will accept only one Covered California plan—a very restrictive Anthem exclusive provider organization (EPO) plan, which – unlike a preferred-provider organization (PPO) – restricts patients to a small network of doctors and facilities.
Stanford accepts an Anthem PPO plan but it is not available for purchase in San Diego (only Anthem HMO and EPO plans are available in San Diego).
“So if I go with a health-exchange plan,” Sundby explained further, “I must choose between Stanford and UCSD. Stanford has kept me alive—but UCSD has provided emergency and local treatment support during wretched periods of this disease, and it is where my primary-care doctors are.
What happened to the president's promise, "You can keep your health plan"? Or to the promise that "You can keep your doctor"?
Thanks to the law,” she said, “I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician.”
In a move that is being quickly met with outrage, Dan Pheiffer responded to Sundby's article in The Wall Street Journal through "an official WH twitter account" by pushing an article written Monday by Igor Volsky for the liberal blog site, Think Progress.
The article -- titled, "The Real Reason That The Cancer Patient Writing In Today’s Wall Street Journal Lost Her Insurance" -- essentially calls the elderly, dying cancer patient a liar.
The repeated assurances that the personal information entered by enrollees on the Healthcare.gov website is “secure” has also been proven false.
As The Associated Press (AP) reported Oct. 30, a government memo obtained by AP showed “that administration officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were concerned that a lack of testing posed a potentially "high" security risk for the HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states.”
Still, “it was granted a temporary security certificate so it could operate.”
"You accepted a risk on behalf of every user,” Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chastised Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during her testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday. “That put their personal financial information at risk."
Sebelius countered that the system is secure, even though the site has a temporary certificate, known in government parlance as an "authority to operate." Sebelius said a permanent certificate will only be issued once all security issues are addressed.
Then again, as CBS News reported Wednesday, Sebelius also testified that "the website” – which has shut down multiple times since the initial crash on its Oct. 1 launch date, and again “just minutes” before her testimony – “never crashed.”
As CBS noted further, "the HealthCare.gov registration page stayed down throughout the 3 1/2 hour hearing."
"When consumers fill out their online applications,” AP also quoted HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters adding during her own testimony Wednesday, “they can trust that the information they're providing is protected by stringent security standards and that the technology underlying the application process has been tested and is secure. Security testing happens on an ongoing basis using industry best practices."
However, Kelsey Harris and Rob Bluey reported in a Heritage exclusive Saturday that – after logging on to HealthCare.gov “to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled” – Justin Hadley of North Carolina discovered “an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.”
The letters, dated October 8, acknowledge receipt of an application to the Health Insurance Marketplace and the eligibility of family members to purchase health coverage. One of the letters was addressed to Thomas Dougall, a lawyer from Elgin, SC.
Heritage reported further that "Dougall said he never saw the letter" – sent out nearly a month ago -- "until Hadley sent it to him Friday."
Sebelius told CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta on Oct. 22 that Obama didn’t know about the problems until days after the website went live Oct. 1.
But CNN reported Wednesday that “a confidential report” obtained by CNN proves “the Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live.”
From his assurance to physicians of the American Medical Association in Chicago on June 15, 2009 to his Sept. 26 speech at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, Examiner outlined Thursday that Obama has promised the American people no less than eight times – in one iteration or another -- that “if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor,” “if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan,” and Obamacare “would reduce costs and premiums for millions of families and businesses."
However, as Avik Roy reported for Forbes Thursday, “we now know that the administration knew” from the very beginning that “Obamacare would disrupt private plans.”
While The Weekly Standard reported July 19 that HHS had downgraded Obama’s promise that you “will be able to keep your doctor, period,” to “you may be able to keep your current doctor" – “depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace” -- Sundby confirmed Sunday that “you also can’t keep your doctor.”
While The Washington Post reported Tuesday that “hundreds of thousands of Americans” are receiving cancellation notices, The Associated Press reported Saturday that “millions” may face “sticker shock” as they “access the websites and realize they'll have to pay significantly more.”
“And that doesn’t even include the additional millions who are sure to lose their employer-provided coverage,” Charles Krauthammer wrote for The Washington Post Thursday.
That’s a lot of people. That’s a pretty big lie.
“A guy like this should be locked up,” comedian Mason said further.
If he wasn’t the president, he’d be in jail or in a sanitarium. He wouldn’t be outside talking to people in this condition. He would be considered a danger to his own his own health, to his own life.
“The latest,” Mason noted, “is that it’s only 5 percent of the people, only 15 [or] 20 million people who are going to lose their plan.
What if you shoot a guy? He’s only one person out of 300 million. How come it’s in the paper that you shot an innocent person and you go to jail for it? Since when do you destroy people and it doesn’t count because it’s too small a percentage?
“For a cancer patient,” Sundby noted, “medical coverage is a matter of life and death."
Take away people's ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that's a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that's the point.