When will this page from the White House website be scrubbed? Today it reads “If you like your plan you can keep it and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.”
I want to point out this is a page, not a post related to a news story written on a specific date. If you go to the White House website, and roll over the Issues menu item, one of your choices is Health Care. Click on it. Then click on the About the New Law sub-menu item. Here is the introductory paragraphs, with my emphasis.
Health Care that Works for Americans
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, putting in place comprehensive reforms that improve access to affordable health coverage for everyone and protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices.
For those Americans who already have health insurance, the only changes you will see under the law are new benefits, better protections from insurance company abuses, and more value for every dollar you spend on health care. If you like your plan you can keep it and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.
For the uninsured or those who don’t get their coverage through work, a key component of the Affordable Care Act will take effect on October 1, when the new Health Insurance Marketplace open for business, allowing millions of Americans to comparison shop for a variety of quality, affordable plans that best meet their health care needs.
Other than the date Obama signed the law, there is nothing true – at all – in those three paragraphs. (OK, we’ll see how the “quality” expectation works out.)
There are now estimates up-to 80 percent of Americans with individual health insurance policies will be forced out of their current plan since it does not meet federal government mandates. My emphasis.
Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”
Remember back in Jan. 2008 when Obama told us under his cap and trade plan, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket? I’m wondering why he didn’t tell people the same thing about health care insurance premiums? We told you that if his health care plan passed, premiums would skyrocket, many – especially those with individual coverage – would be kicked off their plan, employee hours would be cut to avoid the mandate, and employers who offered coverage would reduce benefits. Everything we said would happen is happening, yet back then we were “just mad there is a black man in the office.”
Need to screenshot the White House page of course. Click on it to see full size.