By L&T Managing Editor Larry Phillips
It’s getting embarrassing that Obamcare supporters continually insult our intelligence when it comes to the healthcare debacle.
“I won't let up until these problems are fixed,” said Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor, who faces a difficult re-election next year in conservative-leaning Arkansas.
He’s also hoping his “ignorant” constituents believe that statement and don’t remember his voting for Obamacare and – voting against an amendment two years ago that would have prevented today’s insurance cancellations.
That’s right, all these Democrats feigning shock and disbelief that millions of Americans are losing their existing, so-called “substandard” policies are absolutely lying when they say such drivel or pretend they didn’t know all these rules and regulations were in Obamacare.
Here is what Avik Roy wrote Oct. 31 on www.forbes.com:
“In September of 2010, Sen. Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) introduced legislation that would protect small businesses from losing their health plans’ grandfathered status under Obamacare. Landrieu voted against the bill, on a party-line vote.”
Not only did Mary Landrieu (D., La.), vote against it, she now claims that she was unaware that Obamacare would disrupt existing insurance arrangements.
“It was our understanding when we voted for that bill that people when they have insurance could keep with what they had. So I’m going to be working on that fix,” Landrieu said Oct. 30.
That’s a lie.
Here’s a hint why she’s playing “dumb,” she’s facing a competitive reelection race against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R., La.).
All the other Senate Democrats that blocked Enzi’s attempts to protect grandfather rights were, essentially, voting “No” to all grandfather rights – thus millions will lose their “substandard” insurance and be forced to pay higher premiums, co-pays and deductibles – and maybe lose their doctors and hospitals, as well.
What a deal, and the Dems knew it and supported it.
You don’t believe that, let’s look at an obscure report buried in a June 2010 edition of the Federal Register. Administration officials predicted massive disruption of the private insurance market in that report, which the administration entered into the Federal Register (even CNN and NBC went and confirmed this entry last week after the numbers of “dropped” citizens kept rising).
According to Roy, Lisa Myers and Hanna Rappleye of NBC News – citing the Federal Register – reported, “four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act” (said) that ‘50 to 75 percent’ of people who buy coverage on their own are likely to receive cancellation notices due to Obamacare.”
That‘s just individual plans where the cancellations are happening for the time being.
What’s going to happen when the other jack boot falls from Obamacare – regs on employer-sponsored plans?
Let’s look to the Administration’s own report in the June 2010 Federal Register.
“The report’s mid-range estimate: 51 percent of employer-sponsored plans will get canceled.”
That’s right, all you smiling Cheshire cats sitting out there thinking you’re OK with your employer plans better be prepared, Obamacare will be destroying those, too. And, all the Democrats know about it and have voted to support it or voted to block any remedies the Republicans have offered thus far.
Here’s more from the Federal Register entry:
“The (HHS) Departments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013” wrote the administration on page 34,552 of the Register. (employer mandates have been extended until 2014 by Obama himself).
“All-in-all, more than half of employer-sponsored plans will lose their ‘grandfather status’ and become illegal.
“According to the Congressional Budget Office, 156 million Americans – more than half the population – was covered by employer-sponsored insurance in 2013.”
When one combines that data “from the Administration,” here is what you end up with:
“How many people are exposed to these problems? 60 percent of Americans have private-sector health insurance. As to the number of people facing cancellations, 51 percent of the employer-based market plus 53.5 percent of the non-group market (the middle of the administration’s range) amounts to 93 million Americans.”
In Roy’s article at Forbes, he asks a great question concerning the 93 million who will have their plans cancelled: “Will these cancelled plans be replaced with better coverage?”
Only if you believe in elves, fairies, pixie dust, Obama and the Democrats.
Make no mistake, the Democrats now running around like chickens with their heads cut off, are playing dumb because they can see the writing on the wall next November when they face the electorate. They had their chances but blindly followed Obama like lemmings, hoping you wouldn’t find out the truth until it was too late.
Why else do you think Obama postponed the employer-sponsored mandates until next year?
Obama has known all of this every inch of the way, too – it’s his directives for nationalized health care.
Those whose votes supported all of this nightmare will be lying all the way to the ballot box and insulting your intelligence for the next 12 months.
Be prepared, the gag-quotient will be going up higher than you’ve ever seen before.