We critics have complained about the lack of transparency in the Obama administration. However, there’s no lack of transparency in his lies about Obamacare: they’re so clear that Obama himself had to admit he fumbled twice in implementing Obamacare: first, on the failure of the website rollout. How could he think any extant computer system could handle such an astronomical amount of information?; second, on the cancellation of individual, private health care plans that insurance companies were forced to rescind by Obama’s own laws.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Millions of people have received cancellation notices from their insurers, who said the policies aren’t compliant with new requirements for coverage and have changed too much since 2010 to be eligible for a “grandfathering” exemption. It remained unclear how many insurers would restore policies they had ended, and some industry officials called Mr. Obama’s reversal unworkable.”
Yet, at yesterday’s White House Press Conference, Obama waved his superhuman, superwand and made all the problems disappear, announcing that insurers could reinstate their cancelled policyholders. Just like that.
There are a few problems with his magic fiat: insurers would have to break a law written by Congress, not the President of the United States and the reinstatement would wreak havoc financially, legally, and logistically on insurance companies and policyholders alike. Insurance companies predicted that this move would result now in higher premiums for those policyholders.
What’s more, the solution is only temporary. Policyholders will have their health insurance reinstated for one year, and one year only, not to help the policyholders but Obama’s Congressional cronies and key insurance companies who will benefit by Obamacare. He said as much in his speech and that he had no intention of believing the recent polls that stated 55 percent of Americans disapprove of Obamacare.
“And by the way, that’s what we should have been able to do in drafting the rules in the first place [giving policyholders marketplace options]. So again, you know, these are two fumbles on something that — on a big game which — but the game’s not over. With respect to the politics of it, you know, I’ll let you guys do a lot of the work on projecting what this means for various political scenarios.
“There is no doubt that our failure to roll out the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they’re running or not, because they stood up and supported this effort through thick and thin, and, you know, I feel deeply responsible for making it harder for them rather than easier for them to continue to promote the core values that I think led them to support this thing in the first place, which is, in this country, as wealthy as we are, everybody should be able to have the security of affordable health care.
“And that’s why I feel so strongly about fixing it. My first and foremost obligation is to the American people, to make sure that they can get what’s there if we can just get the darn website working and smooth this thing out, which is plans that are affordable and allow them to advantage of tax credits and give them a better deal.
“But I also do feel an obligation to everybody who — out there who supported this effort. You know, when we don’t do a good job on the rollout, we’re letting them down. And, you know, I don’t — I don’t like doing that. So my commitment to them is we’re going to just keep on doing better every day until we get it done. There is no doubt that our failure to roll out the [health law] smoothly has put a burden on Democrats.”
There have been times,” he continued, “where I thought we were . . . slapped around a little bit unjustly. This one’s deserved, all right? It’s on us.”
The Washington Post reported, “Obama said insurance companies could continue for another year to offer health plans sold to individuals and small businesses that do not meet requirements under the new law that set minimum standards for the benefits that policies must cover.
Obama continued his excuse-making: “Already people who have plans that pre-date the Affordable Care Act can keep those plans if they haven’t changed. That was already in the law. That’s what’s called a grandfather clause that was included in the law. Today we’re going to extend that principle both to people whose plans have changed since the law took effect and to people who bought plans since the law took effect.
“So state insurance commissioners still have the power to decide what plans can and can’t be sold in their states, but the bottom line is insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be cancelled into 2014. And Americans whose plans have been cancelled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan.
“We’re also requiring insurers to extend current plans to inform their customers about two things: One, that protections — what protections these renewed plans don’t include. Number two, that the marketplace offers new options with better coverage and tax credits that might help you bring down the cost.”
In essence, insurance companies must do Obama’s advertising for him. Obama chose his words carefully: the “new options with ‘better’ coverage [meaning coverage you don’t need or want] and tax credits” “might” help you bring down the cost. That’s about as likely to happen as Miley Cyrus taking orders and becoming a nun. This is first and foremost a money-making and vote-buying scheme for the Democrats.
Obama doesn’t want us to look back at the past, to what he called “unworkable” insurance. He admits that only 5 percent of Americans have private health insurance. The rest of the country depended upon a completely viable company-backed insurance plan for employees. The money companies spent on the insurance was non-taxable. The money the company invested in health insurance on the part of their employees worked for well for the employees, as well: they weren’t taxed on that money.
But Obama is a Communist, anti-Capitalist tyrant who thinks he’s all powerful. He just has to wave his magic wand. Swish! Unconstitutional Executive Orders. Swish! No more Constitution. Swish! Redistribution of wealth. Swish! The laws of Congress – laws they passed on his insistence, against the wishes of a majority of Americans – are suspended, but only for a year, until the Democrats can get themselves re-elected. Swish! Insurance companies can break the law of the land, but only for a year. Swish! You American voters will, in a year’s time, forget any of this happened and go back to sleep. Swish! On the stroke of midnight, Nov. 4, 2014, American will resume its course towards socialist-communism.