Despite the White House spin, President Obama's repeated assurances that Americans would be able to keep their insurance plans under the new law earned him Four Pinocchios by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post today.
FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) October 29, 2013
At the time of this writing, Jarrett received 158 responses to the tweet, and the vast majority of them are not buying Jarrett's spin.
— JillZarinAdvices TM (@wwjzd1) October 29, 2013
— Hunger Games USA (@gapo67) October 29, 2013
@vj44 Which by law, are forced to change. Does the spin and the lies ever become tedious? Or does it just trippingly fall off your tongue?
— BayAreaHausFrau (@bayareahausfrau) October 29, 2013
Rep. Jan Schakowsky also tweeted that the GOP should "get over" Obamacare today.
I'm speaking now at #Obamacare hearing, I want to say to GOP GET OVER IT
— Jan Schakowsky (@janschakowsky) October 30, 2013
Schakowsky also received a strong response.
@janschakowsky You are telling AMERICAN citizens to "get over it".
— valerie0707 (@valerie0707) October 30, 2013
@janschakowsky Excuse me??? My patients are losing their coverage, want them to GET OVER IT as well? Gobsmacking elitist hubris.
— NoIWontShutUp (@FormerDeminTX) October 30, 2013
— RB (@RBPundit) October 30, 2013
As far as President Obama's promise, Kessler writes,
The president’s statements were sweeping and unequivocal — and made both before and after the bill became law. The White House now cites technicalities to avoid admitting that he went too far in his repeated pledge, which, after all, is one of the most famous statements of his presidency.
The bottom line is that health insurance companies have been forced by excessive Obamacare regulations to increase their premiums. So, the Obama Administration conveniently leaves the "regulations" part out of the equation. In other words, health insurance would be much less expensive if not for Obamacare. It would also be much less expensive without burdensome regulations that existed even before the Affordable Care Act became law.
Consider a quote by Thomas Jefferson:
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."