He didn’t say it once. He didn’t say it lightheartedly. And he left no room for ambiguity.
Barack Obama said repeatedly, over years, that his health care law would drive down premiums and that if you like your doctor and health insurance you can keep them.
Period, he said.
No matter what, he said.
He said premiums would go down “by up to $2,500 per family per year.” He said that again and again and again and again and again. The historical record is there. The video is on the Internet.
Nor did he just say these things. He promised them.
“We will keep this promise to the American people,” he said in 2009. “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.”
Where is the wiggle room in “we will keep this promise to the American people,” or in saying “period” and “no matter what”?
There is none.
Some of us never bought the canard that is Obamacare, but many voters did. Now look what’s happening: Over a million Americans already have, indeed, lost their insurance plans, with perhaps many more millions to follow, and costs of policies aren’t falling – they’re skyrocketing in many cases.
Afraid of calling terrorism what it is, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano used to call terrorist acts “man-caused disasters.” Well, what is Obamacare, if not that?
Now, an NBC News report says the Obama administration has known “for at least three years” that what the president promised would not be true – that many would lose their insurance as a result of the Orwellian-named “Affordable Care Act.”
“Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 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 reported. “One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience ‘sticker shock.’”
Says a headline in New York magazine: “‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It.’ Well, Not Exactly.”
In the article, however, the writer tiptoes around the president’s blatant broken promises by writing, oddly, that they “lay somewhere between an oversimplification and a falsehood.” Really? The writer doesn’t know where to put a complete untruth on the scale between “an oversimplification and a falsehood”?
Three legs have been holding up the ill-fated Obamacare stool to this point: 1) the chance it might work; 2) an Obama-worshipping media that have failed to question it or warn the public; and 3) Democrats in Congress, who’ve walked us toward this cliff in lockstep.
Until now. Even some moderate Democrats, principally those facing re-election next year, are backing away from the mess and urging a rethinking of some portions of the law.
We don’t see how a further delay in the law’s implementation can be avoided. How can you ask Americans to try to log onto a website that doesn’t work in order to buy a product they didn’t want at a price they can’t afford?
Not even this administration can do that.