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Your Views: You can keep your insurance? Obama lied to Americans

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November 3, 2013

Barack Obama said repeatedly, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan, period.” According to Forbes, Obama knew in 2010 that 93 million Americans could lose their health plans under Obamacare. He knew the public would not stand for losing the plans they liked. So in order to ram his partisan plan through Congress, he deliberately lied, period.

NBC News cited “four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act” as saying that “50 to 75 percent” of people who buy coverage on their own are likely to receive cancellation notices due to Obamacare.

The “grandfather” provision in Obamacare allows people to keep their existing plans if they like them. Subsequent regulations from the Obama administration interpreted that provision so narrowly as to prevent most plans from gaining this protection. In 2010 the Federal Register predicted more than half of employer-sponsored plans would lose their “grandfather status” and get canceled. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 156 million Americans were covered by employer-sponsored insurance in 2013.

Obama’s famous lie that “you could keep your plan” was necessary because he knew that previous Democratic attempts at health reform had failed because Americans were happy with the coverage they had and opposed efforts to change the existing system.

Obamacare forces insurers to offer services that most Americans don’t need, don’t want and won’t use, for higher prices. Now Obama is trying to spin the cancellations on the greedy insurance companies. Obama lied again, period.

LARRY HOLTERMAN

Milton



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