White House explains HHS report’s rationale: You can’t compare wormy apples to fresh and delicious ones, obviously
posted at 7:21 pm on September 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
A short yet painful addendum to my earlier post on the Department of Health and Human Service’s new report excitedly detailing the “lower than expected” premiums that Americans will soon be paying under ObamaCare — which, of course, is just a fancy, roundabout way of saying that premiums will still be increasing for many Americans, just not by quite as much as they once projected. As Avik Roy pointed out, the report doesn’t actually include price comparisons to current rates, which makes the entire exercise kind of useless in terms of providing practical information for American consumers.
In response to a question from Fox’s Ed Henry about why today’s HHS’s report wasn’t based on more of a straight-up “apples-to-apples” comparison of what American consumers will pay for their premiums between this year and next year, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had an… er, creative perspective to offer. Via NRO:
There were numerous projections about what these exchanges — which, by the way, did not exist before, including the multitude of plans that will not be available to consumers that did not, that were not in place before. So, obviously, this is not an apples-to-apples. It’s a, you know, apple full of worms compared to an apple that’s fresh and delicious…
…That literally makes no sense.