Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sister Newspapers' Blogs

November 1, 2013

Health care choice another of Obama's broken promises

(Continued)

The president doesn’t need to run again. Who cares if he had to make blatantly false promises to achieve his “fundamental transformation of America”?

Outrage is generally applied to a gross aberration. This is normal for Obama. We trusted him – that’s our mistake, not his.

Sure, his people are now saying that’s not exactly what the president really meant, but that is just patronizing spin about how government knows so much better than we do about what is good for us.

It makes President Bill Clinton’s effort to dance around, “what the meaning of ‘is’ is," look amateurish.

First, if you are shocked that the president was lying, it’s your fault. The evidence was there more than three years ago – for some reason not all that well-covered at the time by an adoring press corps.

In this case, it came down to what the meaning of “plan” is. While the original law did have language preserving the right of people to maintain their existing coverage, the president’s Health and Human Services Department changed that in 2010 to apply only to plans as they existed at that moment.

It published a regulation saying that if such a plan were amended in the slightest – like increasing a copayment by a few bucks – then it would no longer be “grandfathered.” It would have to comply with all of the provisions of Obamacare.

This, of course, means that people who liked the fact that they could choose what level of coverage they wanted – some wanted only catastrophic coverage, some didn’t need or want maternity coverage or mental health coverage etc. – would no longer have that choice.

HHS did acknowledge during a debate over that language in September 2010 that somewhere between 34 percent and 80 percent of those policies would lose their grandfathered status. Of course, the president never amended or clarified his guarantee. But, if you weren’t paying attention to every moment of that debate, you have nobody to blame but yourself.

Text Only
Sister Newspapers' Blogs
Bill Archer
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia
Greg Jordan