The Lie of “Keeping Your Health Care Plan”

November 01, 2013

From our friends at Georgia Public Policy Foundation

“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” – President Obama, June 2009

“[Fifty] 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.” NBC News, October 29

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
Health care

What he really meant: To counter accusations that President Obama lied when he told Americans they can keep their health insurance plans if they like them, the administration has claimed that he was referring to the millions of people covered by their employers. A new Forbes article reports, however, that administration officials predicted in 2010 that 93 million Americans would have their plans cancelled as a result of ObamaCare, including a vast amount of those with employer-sponsored plans.

Avoiding ObamaCare: A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds 44 percent of physicians said they are not participating in ObamaCare. Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers. Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges. “This is so poorly designed that a lot of doctors are afraid to participate,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht, president of the 29,000-member organization. “There’s a lot of resistance. Doctors don’t know what they’re going to get paid.” Source: New York Post

How did we get here? As the turmoil and higher costs due to the Affordable Care Act become more evident, it should be remembered that one of the central reasons for reform revolved around people with pre-existing conditions who were being turned down by insurance companies. Those with pre-existing conditions are less than 1 percent of the population, and much less expensive and more effective solutions to that problem exist. Source: National Center for Policy Analysis

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