ObamaCare was passed on a massive web of lies by Dems who were in on the con – many of whom are now desperately back-peddling. Now that the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” deception is no longer operative, Obama has switched over to a new line – what Andrew McCarthy calls the ‘5 Percent’ Con Job.
Unable to deny that millions of Americans have lost the coverage he vowed they could keep, Obama and other Democrats are now peddling what we might call the “5 percent” con job. The president asserts that these victims, whom he feels so terribly about, nevertheless constitute a tiny, insignificant minority in the greater scheme of things (“scheme” is used advisedly). They are limited, he maintains, to consumers in the individual health-insurance market, as opposed to the vastly greater number of Americans who get insurance through their employers. According to Obama, these individual-market consumers whose policies are being canceled make up only 5 percent of all health-insurance consumers.
Even this 5 percent figure is a deception. As Avik Roy points out, the individual market actually accounts for 8 percent of health-insurance consumers. Obama can’t help himself: He even minimizes his minimizations. So, if Obama were telling the truth in rationalizing that his broken promises affect only consumers in the individual-insurance market, we’d still be talking about up to 25 million Americans. While the president shrugs these victims off, 25 million exceeds the number of Americans who do not have health insurance because of poverty or preexisting conditions (as opposed to those who could, but choose not to, purchase insurance). Of course, far from cavalierly shrugging off that smaller number of people, Obama and Democrats used them to justify nationalizing a sixth of the U.S. economy.
Avik’s eagle eye also catches that, even as Obama was spinning on Thursday about how his broken promise affects only the teeny-weeny individual-insurance market, his administration was telling a much different story to state insurance commissioners. In a letter about Obama’s proposed “fix,” the head of the relevant consumer-information office referred to “all individuals and small businesses that received a cancellation or termination notice with respect to coverage” (emphasis added). This, Avik observes, “contradicts assertions from the administration that only people in the individual market — people who shop for coverage on their own — are affected by the wave of Obamacare-related cancellations.”
It gets worse. My friends at the American Freedom Law Center (on whose advisory board I sit) are representing Priests for Life, a group aggrieved by Obamacare’s denial of religious liberty — specifically, the ACA’s mandate that believers, despite their faith-based objections, provide their employees with coverage for the use of abortifacients and contraceptives. On October 17, the Obama Department of Health and Human Services, represented by the Obama Justice Department, submitted a brief to the federal district court in Washington, opposing Priests for Life’s summary judgment motion. On page 27 of its brief, the Justice Department makes the following remarkable assertion:
The [ACA’s] grandfathering provision’s incremental transition does not undermine the government’s interests in a significant way. [Citing, among other sources, the Federal Register.] Even under the grandfathering provision, it is projected that more group health plans will transition to the requirements under the regulations as time goes on. Defendants have estimated that a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.
HHS and the Justice Department cite the same section of the Federal Register referred to by John Hinderaker, as well as an annual survey on “Employer Health Benefits” compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2012.
So, while the president has been telling us that, under the vaunted grandfathering provision, all Americans who like their health-insurance plans will be able to keep them, “period,” his administration has been representing in federal court that most health plans would lose their “grandfather status” by the end of this year. Not just the “5 percent” of individual-market consumers, but close to all consumers — including well over 100 million American workers who get coverage through their jobs — have been expected by the president swiftly to “transition to the requirements under the [Obamacare] regulations.” That is, their health-insurance plans would be eliminated. They would be forced into Obamacare-compliant plans, with all the prohibitive price hikes and coercive mandates that “transition” portends.
McCarthy appeared on The Kelly File to talk about these latest revelations.
Don’t you dare call Obama a liar, though. Because that would be raaaaacist. At least according to the Dead-Enders at MSNBC who still think their progressive Utopia is just around the corner. They only need to cover up a few more lies, attack a few more dissenters using the Race Card or War on Women Card…. it’s within reach….
The question is – will the rest of the MSM carry Obama’s water on this? Obama, Carney, and other Regime flacks have been repeating the 5% line ad nauseam. The right has been calling them out on the BS, all along. Will they? Or will they be caught flat footed again when the second shoe drops?
“But-but-but – Obama said…..”
David Limbaugh weighs in on McCarthy’s report:
Just in case the administration tries to worm out of these latest damning revelations, Andy presents another one that should put such disingenuous denials finally to rest. In a brief submitted to the federal district court in Washington by Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services in a case over the conscience clause (another matter poisoned by Obama’s abject deception), the administration conceded that “even under the grandfathering provision,” it is estimated that “a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.” Point. Game. Set. Match.
In the meantime, on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., outright admitted that Obama’s “keep your plan” promises were false. She said: “We all knew. The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy.”
So, you see, the entire national Democratic Party apparatus has conspired to deceive Americans about a vital matter — their own health care — in order to advance its agenda.
You still think this is just about health care? Well, another Democratic leader, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, admitted that with Obamacare, what Democrats are “trying to do is change a values system in our country.”
That pretty much sums up modern liberalism as embodied in the Democratic Party. Come hell or high water, Democrats will coerce us, via the power of the federal government, into thinking and believing as they do and living under their utopian Leviathan state.
Obamacare must be repealed — yesterday.
Writing at the invaluable Tatler, Bryan Preston describes the devastating effect that Obamacare will have on the family unit, but ascribes it more to ignorance than malice.
Is this an accident or was it by design? Jonathan V. Last reports on yet another hidden gem in Obamacare.
A married couple can get Obamacare subsidies if their income is less than 400 percent above the poverty line. But because the federal poverty level for married couples is less than double the level for individuals, a couple that lives together without getting married can make more money than a married couple, yet still get Obamacare subsidies.
The Atlantic reports that in practice, this means that a married couple in New York making more than a combined $62,040 gets no subsidies from Obamacare. But two people who live together without getting married? They can make up to a combined $91,920 and still get subsidies from the government.
On one hand, this may be accidental because, let’s face it, no one read Obamacare before passing it, so who know’s what’s in there?
Oh, Bryan, you naive, misguided youth.
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