This is how the Teabagger, RepubliCon, Crypto-Fascist distortion begins:
“ObamaCare requires all plans out there to meet a certain number of minimum requirements including that they provide for example, maternity care.” — MEGYN KELLY, HOST of the Kelly (that’s pronounced Kel-LIE)File
To attack the President using this falsehood, you must ignore the fact that plans sold before the bill (the Affordable Care Act) passed are not required to have the essential provisions that plans sold after passage must contain.
But once you establish the false premise the credibility attack is viable.
Then you can have your accomplice come in and say in response to your question
“So, was the president, you know, is his promise being kept?”
“No, Kelly, it’s not. I mean, President Obama said in 2009 if you want to keep your health insurance plan you can .” — EMILY (pronounced I’m – I – LIE) MILLER, SENIOR OPINION EDITOR, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
So, to the people with the cancellation notices, what was your plan in 2009? Could it have been grandfathered in or did the insurance company change it so that it is no longer your 2009 plan?
Here is a possible answer:
“The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are cancelling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.”
But if they fell short but were sold before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the companies could have kept them in force. The law didn’t tell the insurance companies to cancel them. To the people with the cancellation notices, the government, President Obama, ObamaCare, the law didn’t take your policy away from you. President Obama actually said:
“If you like your plan, and you like your doctor, you won’t have to do a thing,”
And here is the finisher:
“We’re not going to mess with it.”
The you can-keep-your-doctor- you-can-keep-your-plan assertion was actually and remains a legitimate response to the government takeover lie that the Teabaggers, RepubliCons were throwing up to thwart any effort to break down the monopolistic healthcare industry and bend the cost curve, which shrinks healthcare insurance profits while actually puts more money into the pockets of consumers (see the part about premium returns if a certain percentage isn’t spent on healthcare-$1.5 billion overhead savings and insurance rebates to Americans since its implementation in 2011).
So when KELLY (Kel-LIE) says “If I want to pay less for a less great plan, isn’t that my right? I mean, what we are seeing now is that right has been taken away from hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions of Americans.”
She isn’t talking about herself paying less for a less great plan-a plan that turns out not to cover things that you thought it would(she makes $250,000 per year and is worth $5 million). No, for her and Michelle Bachmann and Michelle’s southern doppelganger Marsha Blackburn (concerned that people who want to buy insurance policies that are the equivalent of Fords are being forced to buy policies that are the equivalent of Ferraris) of Tennessee with their $174,000 per year salaries and government insurance, inadequate insurance is an academic discussion. I am sure there were people like them who lobbied on behalf of people who wanted to buy cars without seatbelts and complained about the cost of cars with seatbelts because, really, how many people are going to have an accident and really need a seatbelt? These people aren’t called CONservatives and RepubliCons for nothing. They know by their elections and campaign contributions that there is a self-flagellating, masochistic element within the American body politic, an element that seems to believe in purification through pain. There has been gold in dem dere hills!!! But if the recent RepubliCon orchestrated shutdown is any indication, even self-flagellation has its limits. Even Utah which ousted Senator Bennett to elect a clown like Mike Lee may have learned a lesson about attacking a government which is for the people.
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