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Obamacare: If Obama likes your insurance plan, you can keep your plan

Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Chip Somodavilla

Over and over President Obama made a health-care promise so many times that even children can parrot, “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.”

Unfortunately, millions are discovering only if Obama likes your insurance plan, can you can keep your plan. On Oct. 31, 2013, Charles Krauthammer weighed in on widely spread health-care cancellation shock in his publication on the Washington Post.

This past week, Obama spokesman, Jay Carney, explained the reason the policies were canceled was because coverage was "substandard." Krauthammer translated, "Sure, you freely chose the policy, paid for the policy, renewed the policy, liked the policy. But you’re too primitive to know what you need. We do. Your policy is hereby canceled."

What the Obama administration has known since 2010, many Americans are only now discovering. Though it's a devastating shock for the many with good faith their health plans were safe, NBC's Lisa Myers reported the Obama administration knew, they knew early and they knew why.

Myers explained,"The Obama administration knew millions of Americans would not be able to keep their health insurance," once the Affordable Care Act was implemented. "Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, '40 to 67 percent' of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date."

In defense of the cancellations, a leading Democrat waffled with words, saying policies are not being canceled, they are being "transitioned." That may be true for Obama's protected class, especially members of Congress and government workers, who will keep Cadillac plans with as near welfare rates as a working person can get; however, middle-class working Americans, many who work for far less than any senator still don't qualify for those hefty subsidies.

The "transition" is increasing the price of their affordable care so much they no longer can afford it. Over on the Healthcare site, some folks who are "mad as hell." Their comments echo Krauthammer's opinion that "Obamacare is the largest transfer of wealth in recent American history."

People who are suffering sticker shock don't feel Obamacare will benefit them but they do feel Obamacare might "break the back" of the middle class considering it a good deal only for those who will not share equal responsibility: Their resentment is palpable; their dismay is real.

  • Dwayne Collins From everything I'm seeing only the free loaders will get healthcare that's affordable! Why should my premiums double to pay for some lazy Azz that won't get a job! The majority of Americans are against this corruption and I truly hope this is when Americans say enough is enough! I hope all the supporters of the BS tax get what you deserve.... NOTHING!
  • Christopher Staab I was paying $289 a month for my wife and I before Obamacare. Our insurance was cancelled for not being ACA compliant. The quote from that we got is $964 a month with higher deductibles and higher co-pays vs. what we were paying. Our insurance before was not garbage as Obama and the Democrats are trying to make out. It didn't cover us for stuff we did not need like pediatric dentistry and maternity coverage for me. Obamacare is, at least in some cases, breaking the backs of the middle class. It seems a good deal for the dirt poor and those who refuse to work, but it's not great for many hard-working middle class people.

The irony, points out Krauthammer, is a law intended to insure more Americans is resulting in insured Americans losing their insurance. He notes, "A law designed to cover the uninsured is now throwing far more people off their insurance than it can possibly be signing up on the nonfunctioning insurance exchanges. Indeed, most of the 19 million people with individual insurance will have to find new and likely more expensive coverage. And that doesn’t even include the additional millions who are sure to lose their employer-provided coverage. That’s a lot of people. That’s a pretty big lie."

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