On Monday, White House Correspondent Neil Munro reported for The Daily Caller that President Barack Obama told about 200 “enthusiastic” Organizing for Action (OFA) supporters -- gathered at the St. Regis hotel in D.C. Monday night – “that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times.”
“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” he told Obamacare’s political beneficiaries and contractors.
No. What he said "to the American people,” during his June 15, 2009 speech before physicians of the American Medical Association in Chicago was that “no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. (Applause.) If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”
He made the same assurances during his Sept. 9, 2009 speech before a joint session of Congress.
It was during this speech that Obama denounced claims that his administration’s “reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants” as false, to which South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted the famous words: “You lie!”
Obama reiterated the assurances during his Sept. 12, 2009 healthcare reform speech at a rally in Minneapolis, Minn., during his Jan. 27, 2010 State of the Union Address, during his speech on March 19, 2010 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., during his April 1, 2010 speech at the Portland Expo in Maine, the Oct. 3, 2012 presidential debate and again during his Sept. 26 speech at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.
While Munro further reported that Obama’s denial “is not supported by his videotaped statements, which don’t include any mention of his new “if it hasn’t changed” exception,” the disclaimer is also absent from all of the above White House transcripts of his speeches and the transcript of the presidential debate, transcribed and posted by ABC News.
On Oct. 3, Business Insider posted a "supercut" video -- assembled by New York Magazine -- that shows "Obama promising that, under the Affordable Care Act, if you like your health plan, you can keep it" for a total of 23 times "from 2008 to 2010."
“If we had allowed these old plans [to continue]," Obama explained Monday to his OFA supporters – who are tasked with the job of promoting the healthcare plan – “then we would have broken an even more important promise — making sure that Americans gain access to health care that doesn’t leave them one illness away from financial ruin.”
However, as hundreds of thousands of Americans receive notices that the health-care plans they liked and wanted to keep are being cancelled, the higher premiums and deductibles of the replacement health-care policies -- mandated by Obamacare rules -- may very well lead healthy Americans to “financial ruin.”
The Associated Press reported Sunday that people like 64-year-old Dean Griffin of Delaware “liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he'd be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect.”
But he “received a letter notifying him the plan was being canceled because it didn't cover certain benefits required under the law.”
The Griffins “pay $770 monthly for their soon-to-be-terminated health care plan with a $2,500 deductible.”
The cheapest plan they found on their state insurance exchange was a so-called bronze plan charging a $1,275 monthly premium with deductibles totaling $12,700.
"Now, let me be clear -- I just want to clear something up here,” Obama said further during his June 15, 2009 speech, “identifying what works is not about dictating what kind of care should be provided.”
However, according to “U.S. Government Info” on About.com, “whether you have health insurance now or buy it through one of the Obamacare state Insurance Marketplaces, your insurance plan must cover 10 minimum essential health care services.”
These are: outpatient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity/newborn care; mental health and substance abuse services; prescription drugs; rehabilitation (for injuries, disabilities or chronic conditions); lab services; preventive/wellness programs and chronic disease management; and pediatric services.
“If you have or buy a health plan that does not pay for those minimum essential services,” you are warned, “it may not qualify as coverage under Obamacare and you may have to pay the penalty.”
“As a 60-something, relatively healthy person,” CNBC’s Larry Kudlow reported Monday, “I don't want lactation and maternity services, abortion services, speech therapy, mammograms, fertility treatments or Viagra.”
I don't want it. So why should I have to tear up my existing health-care plan, and then buy a plan with far more expensive premiums and deductibles, and with services I don't need or want?
The Washington Examiner reported Oct. 19 that “young people in 45 states will see their health insurance premiums increase under Obamacare because the law relies on the money they pay into the system to offset the cost of caring for older enrollees, according to a new study.”
Virginia leads the pack, as individuals aged 27 and under will see their health insurance premiums jump by 252.5 percent -- $416.55 -- according to the Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis.
Virginians under the age of 50 will see their premiums jump by an even greater percentage, rising from $228 to $991.03.
On Sunday, Edie Littlefield Sundby of California – a stage-four cancer patient -- wrote for The Wall Street Journal that "you also can't keep your doctor."
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,” Examiner reported Monday, “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 Sundby a liar.
“So the bottom line is, is that we are making the insurance market better for everybody,” Obama said further at Monday’s OFA gathering, “prompting” what Munro described as “loud applause by supporters eager to ignore his three years of fraudulent statements.”