Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Non-Apology and The Non-Solution

"If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period".  

That begat,
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.
Well, not quite true.

New benefits, higher premiums, higher out of pocket. But other than that . . .

And the latest iteration is,
“I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me.” Well, what situation is that, Mr. President? The situation that they can’t access the Obamacare exchanges. The president went on to say, “Keep in mind that most of the folks who got these cancellation letters, they’ll be able to get better care at the same cost or cheaper in these new marketplaces. . . . The majority of folks will end up being better off, of course. Because the Web site’s not working right, they don’t necessarily know it.”
Washington Post

Let's break this down.
"I am sorry they are finding themselves in this situation".
So is he sorry he lied to the people and got caught telling a whopper? Kind of sounds like it.
most of the folks who got these cancellation letters, they’ll be able to get better care at the same cost or cheaper in these new marketplaces.
Cheaper, but only if they qualify for a subsidy.

And perhaps that is what Jay Carney, the official weasel for the administration, meant when he said this.
“It is certainly the belief of the drafters of the law and the President that one of the purposes here is to set some minimum standards for coverage so that every American who gets insurance coverage has some security and certainty about the benefits they’re going to receive.”
Most seem to think there will be a partial repeal of the law, or maybe even an amendment such as the House supported "If you like your health care plan you can keep it" offering.

But neither Carney nor El Prez said anything about keeping your plan, only that you deserved something better than the "inferior" insurance policies currently being sold.

So what is the grand solution?

Create a new subsidy class.

If you lost your inferior insurance you can keep your new #Obamacare plan and the government will help you pay for it.

Problem solved and DC has created a whole new group of entitlement addicts.

I think James Carville is right. #Obama needs to take a few hits off a crack pipe.
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