Friday, 01 November 2013

OBAMACARE INSURANCE CANCELLATIONS: THE REAL NUMBERS

Ken Berwitz

I wonder how many people - even among Obama supporters - are getting tired of the President and his henchmen looking them in the eyes and lying to their faces.

The "If you're happy with your current insurance you can keep it" claim - repeated continually for three years, right up to this week, is an absolute lie.

The claim by left wing hack, Rep. Frank Pallone, that every cancelled insurance policy is "lousy" not only is a lie, it is thoroughly imbecilic to boot.

And then there is claim that only about 5% of the people will lose their insurance (as if over 15 million of us is inconsequential) - which is the biggest lie of all.

Excerpted from Avik Roy's article at Forbes:

Section 1251 of the Affordable Care Act contains whats called a "grandfather" provision that, in theory, allows people to keep their existing plans if they like them. But subsequent regulations from the Obama administration interpreted that provision so narrowly as to prevent most plans from gaining this protection.

"The Departments' mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013," wrote the administration on page 34,552 of the Register.

Another 25 million people, according to the CBO, have "nongroup and other" forms of insurance; that is to say, they participate in the market for individually-purchased insurance. In this market, the administration projected that "40 to 67 percent" of individually-purchased plans would lose their Obamacare-sanctioned "grandfather status" and become illegal, solely due to the fact that there is a high turnover of participants and insurance arrangements in this market.

How many people are exposed to these problems? 60 percent of Americans have private-sector health insurance.  As to the number of people facing cancellations, 51 percent of the employer-based market plus 53.5 percent of the non-group market (the middle of the administration's range) amounts to 93 million Americans.

The biggest finding, obviously, is that 93 million Americans will lose their insurance (as millions and millions have already done).  Then they will have to scramble to the ObamaCare web site...where they will learn that it is a virtual impossibility to get on it, navigate through it, and find an alternative plan - even a bad one.

But, supersedingly important though that 93 million estimate is,  let's not look past the fact that the CBO's estimate of how many employer plans would be lost was written on page 34,552 of the register.

Yes, it was buried - tens of thousands of pages into a document so large that I doubt any congressperson at all has read even a small percentage of it. 

Why did Obama and his people do that?  Why did they bury such an integral part of the equation so deeply that it would be nearly impossible to find?  Can you come up with even one reason, other than that it was done so people like you and me would not know it was there at all....until it was too late?

Is it not clear that we are dealing with liars.  Not inadvertent liars.  Not careless liars.  But people who fully intended to lie to us, fully succeeded in doing so, and are continuing their intentional lies right to the present.

At the beginning of this blog I wondered how many people - even among Obama supporters - are getting tired of the President and his henchmen looking them in the eyes and lying to their faces.  I'm doing so again now. 

Will it be enough to finally wrest control of the senate from Mr. Obama?  To finally stop him  - way too late to prevent the ObamaCare lies from becoming law, but maybe in time to prevent more of his lies from doing so?  

We can only hope.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

When a "progressive" Democrat's comments are so imbecilic that CNN's Piers Morgan makes a laughingstock of them, can Quote Of The Day honors be far behind?

Mr. Morgan had Rep. Marcia Blackburn (R-TN) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) on his show last night.  And Pallone - as he did during Megyn Kelly's show earlier this week - put on his most arrogant smirk and informed Morgan and Blackburn that President Obama did not lie all those times he said everyone who wanted to keep their current insurance could do so. 

See, according to Pallone, what actually happened was that the millions of insurance policies being cancelled are "lousy", and are "scam" policies, which "no one wants to buy", so the companies aren't selling them anymore because "no one wants it". 

Yes, Pallone actually looked us all in the eye and said this.  He told a TV audience that, magically, on the very day ObamaCare came into being, every one of these existing insurance policies was lousy and no one wanted them. 

Why the millions of cancelled policyholders were keeping those "unwanted" policies and paying the premiums on them?  That, Pallone wasn't saying.

You don't have to be a low-information voter to believe this.  You have to be a no-information voter.  And a complete, vacuous airhead -- which, evidently, is what Pallone is counting on.  

So what did Piers Morgan have to say about this?  He started by asking Pallone:

"When the president repeatedly stood up and told the American people, if you want to keep your doctor or your plan, you can do that, with no qualifications to it, none of this, 'If it's not quite good enough and it gets changed,' but just boldly telling people, if you want to keep your doctor or your plan, you can,. that was just a lie, wasn't it? A complete and utter falsehood."

And then, at the end of the debate, after Pallone had made an abject fool of himself, Morgan characterized his laughably ridiculous claims by saying"

"If you move the goalposts any further, they'll literally be off the field"

And then finished with:

"Thank you both very much for joining me tonight.  We'll continue this debate, I'm sure, as the excuses get ever more ludicrous."

Excellent job!  I don't know how it could have been said better.

When someone - and usually an Obama-supporter at that - tans the hide of a left wing Obamanical hack like Pallone this completely, awards must be forthcoming.

So Quote Of The Day honors - richly earned - are yours, Piers.  My congratulations to you.


THE L.A. TIMES: EDITORIALYING ABOUT OBAMACARE

Ken Berwitz

Today's Los Angeles Times has an editorial titled "Obamacare cancellation blues". 

Rarely have I seen a more dishonest pile of dog waste. It is so full of excrement that I am genuinely amazed even an Obama-supporting venue like this one would leave itself open to level of ridicule certain to be heaped upon it by pretty much anyone with even nominal brain capacity.

You can click here to read the entire lie-a-thon.  But for now I will post just the first three paragraphs, in rust - with my comments in blue:

This fall, thousands of Americans are learning that they can't keep their insurance policies next year because the coverage doesn't meet the standards set in the 2010 healthcare law. The only alternative for many will be more comprehensive policies at a higher price. The cancellations have caused a new wave of outrage against the law and President Obama, who repeatedly pledged that "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it."  Correct.  Every word true.  Would that The Times stopped right now, with its credibility intact - instead of putting it through a shredder in the rest of the editorial.

Obama clearly overpromised - not everyone can keep the plans they've signed up for since the new law passed. Overpromised?  OVERPROMISED?  That is not an overpromise, that is a lie.  Obama said everyone could keep their plans, and millions upon millions cannot.  Does anyone at the Times have a dictionary?  That's because one laudable purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to eliminate threadbare health plans that covered too little and left policyholders vulnerable to bankruptcy in the event of a major illness or injury. The president should have stated more plainly that some plans wouldn't pass muster.  Are you kidding?  Can you possibly think your readers are this dumb?  If what you are claiming is true, why didn't Obama say "we're eliminating threadbare plans that don't give you good coverage?"   The reason - as you damn well know - is that these are the plans those millions of people proactively chose for themselves.  The ones that had the coverage they decided on; they wanted.  What you are really saying, therefore, is that it was OK for Obama to lie to us, because since he knows better than we do what insurance we should have - i.e. we're too stupid to decide for ourselves - it is ok to cancel our policies.  His lies are pathetic.  And your ludicrous pretense that he was not lying is just as pathetic, if not moreso.

The question now is whether the people losing their policies will sign up for new ones or go uninsured, undermining the law before it has a chance to succeed. Holy excrement.  Not content with lying about why these cancellations took place, you are also attacking the people whose policies were cancelled, accusing them of "undermining the law" if they dont go along with the lie perpetrated on them by Obama.  Incredible.  The cancellation notices are going primarily to the 5% of the population covered by individual insurance plans, the main target of the law's reforms. Analysts estimate that more than half of those plans don't meet the new requirements to cover at least 60% of the cost of 10 essential health benefits (such as hospitalization and prescription drugs) and to limit out-of-pocket costs to $6,350 for an individual or $12,700 for a family.  What about 93 million people the CBO has estimated will lose their insurance because it won't be grandfathered in under ObamaCare?  And while we're at it, what about the "essential health benefits" of maternity, prenatal care and pediatrics, which everyone must get and pay for - even elderly couples and single men?  You are as big a bunch of liars as Obama is. 

What a disgustingly dishonest circus sideshow this editorial is. 

What pathetic suckups this editorial board is for Barack Obama. 

And what an instructive experience this is for anyone who wonders what I mean when I refer to Mr. Obama's Accomplice Media.

Ken Berwitz testing to see if the "comments" feature is working right now. (11/01/13)

Zeke .......... ........... Grannie is 87 years old. . . . . ObamieKare pays for her birth control pills. . . . And, if she forgets to take them, ObamieKare will pay for her abortion. . . . . . It also covers her for a prostate exam. . . . . Her threadbare old plan had none of this coverage . . . and it cost half what the new, improved ObamieKare plan covers. . . . . (11/01/13)

Zeke .......... ........... Grannie is 87 years old. . . . . ObamieKare pays for her birth control pills. . . . And, if she forgets to take them, ObamieKare will pay for her abortion. . . . . . It also covers her for a prostate exam. . . . . Her threadbare old plan had none of this coverage . . . and it cost half what the new, improved ObamieKare plan covers. . . . . (11/01/13)


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