Originally published November 13 2013
Analysis: 52 million Americans to lose health insurance due to Obamacare insanity
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) President Obama's repeated lie that Americans who liked their insurance plans could keep them under Obamacare is turning out to not be the biggest lie of all regarding the law.
We now not only know that Obama lied about coverage but have also learned that the president and his staff knew in 2010 that far more than just 5 percent of private insurance buyers are likely to lose their plans as well.
As reported by McClatchy DC:
[A]dvisers did say in 2010 that there were large caveats and that anyone whose insurance plan changed would lose the promised protection of being able to keep existing plans. And a report in 2010 said that as many as 69 percent of certain employer-based insurance plans would lose that protection, meaning as many as 41 million people could lose their plans even if they wanted to keep them and would be forced into other plans. Another 11 million who bought their own insurance also could lose their plans. Combined, as many as 52 million Americans could lose or have lost old insurance plans.
A report in Forbes put the number higher: 93 million.
Employer plans to be affected too
Caught in his web of deceit, Obama apologized during an NBC News interview last week: "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this."
But it's too little, and far too late. The damage is already being done, no matter how Obama tries to shift the narrative. Not only that, the lies are too great for many Americans to simply forgive and forget.
Americans remember that Obama worked hard - in perpetual campaign mode - to sell his healthcare law beginning in 2008. And to win support, he had to lie - repeatedly - to the majority of Americans who already had health insurance by promising they would be able to keep what they had.
"The key was that millions of plans would be 'grandfathered' in the new law, thus protected from any new requirements," McClatchy reported.
So many lies, so little time
Honest analysts for years warned, however, that according to the language of the law - language that many in Congress admitted they never read - there was no way most who liked their plans could keep them: [www.factcheck.org].
And, after Obamacare's official Oct. 1 roll-out, millions of Americans began receiving notices from their insurance companies that, no, they wouldn't get to keep their plans after all - because they did not comply with minimum coverage requirements demanded by Obamacare.
Changing course, Obama has since taken to insisting that the loss problem is only limited to a small number of people who buy their own plans.
"We're talking about 5 percent of the population who are in what's called the individual market. They're out there buying health insurance on their own," he told NBC News.
Well, that's not true.
A closer look at the number of people who actually have changing plans, or whose plans are going to change - including employer-provided plans - could be somewhere between 34 and 53 million people.
McClatchy reports that administration officials won't say how many employer-sponsored plans are going to be affected.
Again, though, it wasn't as if these losses weren't foreseen.
"If health plans significantly raise co-payments or deductibles or significantly reduce (them) . . . they'll lose their grandfather status and their customers will get the same full set of consumer protections as new plans," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at a June 15, 2010, news conference, as quoted by McClatchy.
What revelations will the next round of exposed lies bring? It's hard to say, but what millions of Americans now know is this: The president and his minions duped them into supporting a top-down, Big Government law that is destroying one of the most intimate of rights - the right to make their own healthcare decisions.
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