“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” – President Obama in address to the American Medical Association, 2009.
Was this an isolated occasion when the president misspoke about the stability of the sweeping health care reform that he and the left fought so hard to implement, and the GOP fought so hard to deflect? In fact, the national press corp has a montage of at least 29 statements by the president that emphasize the president’s personal “guarantee” that those who wish to keep their current doctor or health care plan will be able to keep them. Period. The promise–personal guarantee–formed the very basis of selling Obamacare to the American people. To see a timeline with video clips of Obama’s promises see The Washington Post Timeline article>
Now that millions of Americans have been informed that they will not be able to keep their doctor or health care plan due to the mandates hidden in Obamacare, the president has done what all liars do–he has begun to spin a new lie about what he actually said before. ‘It depends on what the meaning of is, is.’
“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 could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed,” Obama clarified to a group of community organizers last evening. “So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act you are grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they have got to change it to a higher standard. They’ve got to make it better.”
Of course, what the president failed to say was that Obamacare itself forces insurance companies to ‘change’ your plan, and any change whatsoever can trigger the need to cancel your coverage, under Obamacare. Obama said his health care law is making the insurance market better for everyone, even though millions of Americans who buy individual plans have been receiving cancellation notices, and when they go to the signup website, they find that their premiums have skyrocketed. Obama admitted that the notices “can be scary for people,” but added they were often getting “a very bad deal” already–in his humble, non-dictatorial opinion.
The “period” that ended the discussion about what Obamacare portended when Obama and the left were selling the sweeping takeover the America’s health care system has now been replaced with caveats, conditions and superseding circumstances–and millions are losing their beloved health care coverage, and are being forced to buy more expensive coverage they can’t aafford.
This, fellow Americans, is exactly what the great debate about Obamacare was all about. Conservatives lifted the warning voice, while the left and their media spokesmen shouted them down, screaming at the top of their lungs that conservatives were crying wolf. Now, many of those same media outlets are quietly seeking Freedom of Information Act access to administration documents, asking questions about who knew what and when? Finally, a few left-leaning journalists have decided to act like journalists–long after the damage is done, and after reparations can be effected.
“The bottom line is — is that we are making the insurance market better for everybody and that’s right thing to do.” Barack Husein Obama.
We disagree, Mr. President, and you are a liar.