Long before we termed Obama’s plan for health care, “ObamaCare,” bloggers were talking about the “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” promises because he was talking about it on the 2008 campaign trail. I wrote about it on February 11, 2009, 21 days after his swearing-in. Today in Obama’s press conference from the White House briefing room, he said:
I think it’s very important for me to note that, you know, there are a whole bunch of folks up in Congress and others who made this statement, and they were entirely sincere about it. And the fact that you’ve got this percentage of people who’ve had this, you know, impact — I want them to know that, you know, their senator or congressman, they were making representations based on what I told them and what this White House and our administrative staff told them, and so it’s not on them, it’s on us. But it is something that we intend to fix. Source: Washington Post
It depends on what the meaning of “sincere” is. Translation: ‘Congress didn’t read the bill and mimicked me, or read the bill and mimicked me and besides I bought their votes when necessary.’
Many of us online knew the plan and were writing about it. Here are a few examples from Maggie’s Notebook.
On February 11, 2009, I posted a snippet of Obama’s speech as a presidential candidate delivered at Bethune-Cookman University, September 20, 2008:
Change means keeping the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. Under my plan, if you have health insurance, nothing changes for you, except that my plan will lower your health care costs. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves.
And I’ll stop insurance companies from discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most….
And I asked:
Can I really believe his promise that under his plan, nothing will change about my health care except that it will cost less?
…The question remains: do you have the choice to choose private coverage or public – meaning government health care. The answer is no, you will not have the choice. The bill clearly, clearly says that on the day the bill passes, you will not have a choice if you change jobs or if your employer decides to no longer cover you and your family. At that point, you will be on the government plan…no matter what. That’s what the bill says. It is not disinformation.
No company…anywhere…can ever again provide private health care for employees…
To be clear: an employee on a company’s private health care plan, before the first day the Obama plan becomes effective, can keep his/her company-provided private health care…until he/she leaves the employ of the company,or until the company decides it will no longer provide private insurance to its employees.
To be clear: if you join a company already providing private health care insurance to its employees, and your hire-date is on or after the first day the Obama plan takes effect, you cannot be a part of that company-provided health care. You must be a part of the Obama plan. There is no other choice for you.
Long before ObamaCare (Affordable Healthcare Act) passed on Christmas Eve 2009 and was signed into law in March 2010, we knew massive numbers of individuals would lose their coverage. Congress and the White House knew it too, because this administration legislated penalties that were a far better deal for employers than continuing with their employee insurance plans. There was nothing fuzzy about the math.
There was nothing fuzzy about what came out of Obama’s mouth if you were paying attention – if you were doing due diligence about this important issue. Many bloggers read it, copied and pasted legislative language into our blogs and hoped you would read and understand it, and our analysis, as well.
This week Obama said he has assigned his “team” the task of closing “some of the holes and gaps in the law,” that he designed, orchestrated and bought votes to put into place. The success of ObamaCare’s end goal of evolving into Single Payer health insurance (Medicaid for everyone) depends on you losing your employer insurance and being forced into Federal exchanges.
UPDATE: My friend Normal Brown, a former diplomat with much of her career in Russia, left the following comment about the Gobbels quote you see above.
I agree with you, but just one comment: everybody quotes Goebbels as the author of the “lie repeated often enough becomes the truth” — but Goebbels was cribbing from Lenin. It was Vladimir Lenin who first posited the demonic thought that you could turn lies into truth by mere frequent repetition. But this, of course, merely confirms that fascism and communism are simply two faces of the same totalitarian ideology. As someone once told me (speaking of German Marxists today) — scratch a Marxist and you’ll find a fascist. Or vice versa. Visit Norma’s blog, Ooobie on Everything, and here latest, Our Lying Government: A Confederacy of Lunatics here
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