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WaPo: “The provision in the law was the manifestation of the assurance that if you have a plan you want to keep, you can keep it. Insurance companies that chose to strip away benefits from existing plans in the interim, that canceled existing plans in the interim, they took away that grandfathering opportunity. And that’s a reality.”
– White House spokesman Jay Carney, daily press briefing, Nov. 5, 2013
In defending President Obama’s now-discredited pledge that “if you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep it,” the White House has repeatedly tried to blame insurance companies.
White House spokesman Jay Carney’s statement above, accusing insurance companies of stripping away benefits, is typical. Columnists supportive of the White House have piled on, arguing that insurance companies should be blamed.
Meanwhile, Obama, in trying to tweak his original pledge, added this caveat earlier this week: “If you had or have one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really like that plan, what we said was, you could keep it if hasn’t changed since the law’s passed. You’re grandfathered in.”
But there’s an interesting wrinkle to this story that few appeared to have understood. The main culprit is not whether or not the insurance industry has changed a plan that ran afoul of the administration’s regulations — but the law’s effective date. Let’s explain.
Explain, explain, explain, charts, graphs, “Gamma distribution curves,” a little obligatory displacing of blame, blah-blah-blah-blah and blah… until finally this:
But how many people actually would have kept their individual plans that long in the first place? …
The administration’s effort to pin the blame on insurance companies is a classic case of misdirection. Between 75 and 95 percent of the problem stems from the effective date, but the White House chooses to keep the focus elsewhere. [Read it here]
Now that Barack Obama has proven to be something less than the messiah his MSM enablers have cast him as, and now that he has bungled the biggest leftist wet dream in the history of American Marxism, some, even in his own party, may be turning on him.
If there were an honest liberal alive on the planet, this would be astounding; as it is they are simply scrounging to maintain some credibility with their dumbed-down constituencies.
But when the national media virtually becomes the alibi for a president who has not said a truthful word in— well, he must have said something true at one time or another. When the media does this, a guy—especially a guy who has a problem admitting he has ever made a mistake a day in his life—can develop a sense of narcissistic immunity. You know?
If they gave me a pass on Benghazi and the IRS scandal? Dude! Then they’ll let me slide on anything.
That is the arrogance we’re seeing from this White House and there can be little question about who has set the tone.
I’m mostly teasing about Kessler. He went four Pinocchios on Benghazi and four on Obama’s initial lie, and is usually fairer than most in the MSM. Still, one has to wonder how he managed to justify only three Pinocchios for this outrage. Because, You might have dropped your policy, anyway, if Obama hadn’t forced you to, just doesn’t cut it.
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