Report: Obama administration knew millions would be forced to change insurance
By Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News, October 28, 2013
Before the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, President Barack Obama promised Americans they could keep their health care plans if they liked them. But already hundreds of thousands of citizens are receiving notification that their plans are being canceled because they don't comply with the new law, and, according to NBC News, the Obama administration has known for at least three years the cancellations were coming.
While campaigning for health care reform in 2009, Obama went out of his way to make one thing perfectly clear: If you like your current health care plan, you will be able to keep it.
On June 15, 2009, Obama said this: "We will keep this promise to the American people. 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.”
In 2012, he echoed that sentiment, saying, "“If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”
However, many are finding that not to be the case. More than 300,000 cancellation notices have been sent out in Florida, according to Kaiser Health News, and another 180,000 in California. In New Jersey, the number of cancellations tops 800,000, the Star-Ledger reports.
Without the Individual Mandate, Obamacare Costs Would Rise
By Rick Newman | The Exchange, October 28, 2013
Momentum is growing for the government to significantly delay one of the key elements of the Affordable Care Act: the “individual mandate,” which requires most Americans to have health insurance starting in 2014.
Supporters of President Obama’s landmark health-reform law say the mandate is such an important element that a major delay could doom the whole scheme. The mandate will bring more customers into the system and enlarge the pool of people with insurance, helping cover the higher costs associated with sick people likely to get federally subsidized coverage under the new law. Without such a mandate, healthy people might simply forgo coverage, leaving too few people to pay for a disproportionate number of costly patients.
Yet the disastrous rollout of the ACA and its bug-infested website, Healthcare.gov, has made it impossible for many people to apply for coverage, creating a surreal Orwellian trap in which the government requires something it has made difficult to accomplish, at least for now.
Constitution Check: Is Obamacare’s legality still in doubt?
By Lyle Denniston | National Constitution Center, October 29, 2013
Medicare chief apologizes for 'Obamacare' woes
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, October 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration's malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage.
"I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner said as she began her testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee. It was the most direct mea culpa yet from a top administration official.