"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
In addition to the DISASTROUS roll-out of the program, the latest reports are that millions are experiencing another one of President Obama's broken promises. Read 'em and weep:
"Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare
1:59 PM, Oct 23, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
“Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you,” Obama said at one rally in July 2009. “First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”
But the president's promise is turning out to be false for millions of Americans who have had their health insurance policies canceled because they don't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
According to health policy expert Bob Laszewski, roughly 16 million Americans will lose their current plans because of Obamacare:
"The U.S. individual health insurance market currently totals about 19 million people. Because the Obama administration's regulations on grandfathering existing plans were so stringent about 85% of those, 16 million, are not grandfathered and must comply with Obamacare at their next renewal. The rules are very complex. For example, if you had an individual plan in March of 2010 when the law was passed and you only increased the deductible from $1,000 to $1,500 in the years since, your plan has lost its grandfather status and it will no longer be available to you when it would have renewed in 2014.
These 16 million people are now receiving letters from their carriers saying they are losing their current coverage and must re-enroll in order to avoid a break in coverage and comply with the new health law's benefit mandates––the vast majority by January 1. Most of these will be seeing some pretty big rate increases."
Kaiser Health News called up a few insurers around the country and found that hundreds of thousands of Americans have already received cancellation notices.
"[T]he cancellation notices, which began arriving in August, have shocked many consumers in light of President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their plans if they liked them," according to Kaiser Health News reporters Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby.
"Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent," Kaiser reports. "Blue Shield of California sent roughly 119,000 cancellation notices out in mid-September, about 60 percent of its individual business. About two-thirds of those policyholders will see rate increases in their new policies, said spokesman Steve Shivinsky."
President Obama and top Democrats promised that costs would go down for everyone."
The Dems are now circling the wagons and are pointing fingers faster than a whirling dervish. Bill Daley - former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama - came up with the quote of the day when he said this about Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary and the one whose department is specifically charged with the implementation of ObamaCare:
"Some people are calling for her to be fired,” Bill Daley told CBS News. “To me, that’s like firing Captain Smith on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.”
Good analogy. While ObamaCare was famously called a "train wreck" by a Democratic Senator, now we have a prominent Democrat comparing the person responsible for the ObamaCare roll-out nightmare to the captain of the Titanic.
In another Titanic comparison, Dan Henninger of the Wall Street Journal says this:
"The collapse of ObamaCare is the tip of the iceberg for the magical Obama presidency.
From the moment he emerged in the public eye with his 2004 speech at the Democratic Convention and through his astonishing defeat of the Clintons in 2008, Barack Obama's calling card has been credibility. He speaks, and enough of the world believes to keep his presidency afloat. Or used to.
All of a sudden, from Washington to Riyadh, Barack Obama's credibility is melting."
All of this because the President chose to cash in all of his political capital on a health care solution designed to MAYBE assist 15-17% of the population, instead of fixing a problem that a child of six could see was the major problem facing this country and which affects ALL Americans: the economy. Now - instead of being on the road to recovery - WE THE PEOPLE are on the road to economic ruin.
We should all remember this whenever we go to the ballot box. Because the future of this country is really in OUR hands. When we put incompetent people in charge of our government, we have only ourselves to blame.
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