The Nitty-Gritty, Not So Pretty Reality of Obamacare
President Obama has plenty of spin doctors in his corner. But who needs them when he has himself! For years President Obama has been promising that if individuals like their health care plans, they could keep them. Period.
Rarely did he provide a caveat to that promise. It wouldn’t have been early as effective politically. Even the most liberal of media have been compiling clips of Mr. Obama making a very clear, very specific promise, without any caveats and without getting into the nitty-gritty details of the law.
Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed. So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you’re grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they’ve got to change it to a higher standard.
Oh, right! He just wants us to live by a “higher standard.” Heritage reminds us, “[t]hose ‘better benefits’ are not free.” Americans “may face substantially higher premiums for insurance coverage that provides a smaller network of doctors and hospitals.”
Presumably, when individuals voted for President Obama, they were voting, in large part, for the “affordable care,” he was promising. Heritage wrote about two outraged Obama voters who now regret their decision.
Of course, I want people to have health care,” Cindy Vinson, an Obama voter, said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”
“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so [mad] about this,” Tom Waschura, another Obama voter, said. “When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”
But “whatever,” to borrow a word from Kathleen Sebelius.
The Left is all about fostering the paternalism of big government and empowering the bureaucrats they hire to work at the expense of taxpayers. So it’s all good. They’ll just keep telling us what’s best for us, according to their arbitrary standards.
As Charles Krauthammer put it:
Beyond mendacity, there is liberal paternalism, of which these forced cancellations are a classic case. We canceled your plan, explained presidential spokesman Jay Carney, because it was substandard. We have a better idea.
Translation: 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.
Because what you really need is what our experts have determined must be in every plan. So a couple in their 60s must buy maternity care. A teetotaler must buy substance abuse treatment. And a healthy 28-year-old with perfectly appropriate catastrophic insurance must pay for bells and whistles for which he has no use.
But don’t worry. At least your personal information is secure on HealthCare.gov since it’s being protected by “stringent security standards,” according to Marilyn Tavenner. Oh wait… that’s not true either.