Democrats: Quick! Run for Cover!
They say hindsight is 20/20, and that saying is applicable to the Obamacare-false-promises debacle Democrats are now attempting to fix without appearing hypocritical or divided. That’s why many Democrats — both vulnerable ones and just plain embarrassed ones — are now throwing their support behind a bill that would help keep President Obama’s repeated promise that if you like your health care plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.
Democrats appear to be running for cover, and as they look over their shoulders, they’re calling what’s happening now “unintended consequences.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 2% stated:
Too many Americans are struggling to make ends meet. We must ensure that in our effort to reform the health care system, we do not allow unintended consequences to go unaddressed.
But this not about “unintended consequences.” It’s been revealed that President Obama knew from July 2010 that 50 to 75 percent of Americans would see their health care plans rendered “substandard” and therefore canceled under Obamacare.
For conservatives and many Republicans, foresight was 20/20; they accurately predicted that the Affordable Care Act would result in many Americans losing the health care plans they liked and, in many cases, had for several years before Obamacare came on the scene.
Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) 57% was one of the lawmakers who saw the Obamacare trainwreck coming and tried to prevent some of the damage — though no tweaking of this law is sufficient, because it is fundamentally flawed, from the way it increases costs to the way it erodes the patient-doctor relationship to the new bureaucracies it creates. It must be replaced with a market-based, patient-centered approach.
In 2010, Sen. Enzi introduced legislation that would prevent Americans from losing the plans they liked, but Democrats and others on the Left scoffed at the idea, calling it “fear mongering.”
During a floor speech on September 29, 2010, Sen. Enzi stated:
The resolution we are debating today is about keeping a promise. The authors of the new health care law promised the American people that if they liked their current health insurance, they could keep it. On at least 47 separate occasions, President Obama promised: “If you like what you have, you can keep it.”
Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has broken that promise. Earlier this year, the administration published a regulation that will fundamentally change the health insurance plans of millions of Americans. The reality of this new regulation is, if you like what you have, you can’t keep it. The new regulation implemented that grandfathered health plan section of the new health care law. It specified how existing plans could avoid the most onerous new rules and redtape included in the 2,700 pages of the new health care law.
This provision was a critical part of the new law. It allowed supporters to argue that current health insurance plans would be exempt from all of the rules and regulations created by the new law.
Employers and employees thought the bill would have cost-cutting measures, but now they find only cost increases. The new law will provide no relief to increasing costs until at least 2014. But this rule and its higher costs kick in now.
Democrats can run for cover, but they cannot erase the past. The Senator’s foresight is commendable, but nothing can be done to change Obamacare’s myriad fundamental flaws. America needs conservative solutions to healthcare reform.