Valerie Jarrett: Obamacare doesn’t force you off your plan; your insurance company does, by complying with Obamacare!

posted at 10:01 pm on October 28, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

It’s just one tweet, but the sheer mendacity requires its own post. With the media finally in “now it can be told” mode since Obamacare passed and President Obama was reelected, pretty much everyone is admitting what all of us knew four years ago— that no, not everyone would be able to keep their plans if they liked their plans. And, yes, the Obama administration knew it just as sure as its critics did.

It was a lie and an obvious one, but the administration, much of the media, and Obamacare supporters happily acted as if it were true and happily smeared those who suggested otherwise. Tonight, the president’s right-hand woman tries the lie again, even as it’s demonstrably unraveling before the nation’s eyes.

Let’s try to walk through this inanity. There’s nothing in Obamacare that forces people out of their health plans. Instead, Jarrett asserts, insurance companies are just deciding to change their plans, throwing people off their current coverage.

She leaves out the part where Obamacare legally requires all health insurance plans to include a certain number of benefits that was above and beyond what many more, ahem, affordable plans offered, thereby making certain plans illegal. Many of those plans were plans that people liked and were assured they could keep. Obamacare offered a “grandfathering” clause, which the administration later eviscerated after it had served its political purpose, ensuring even more people would lose their current coverage. So, no change is required by you under Obamacare unless your insurance company goes and changes your existing plan to comply with Obamacare.

Update: This isn’t just one yes-woman’s delusion. It’s a talking point. Unbelievable:

Even the most reliably hacky Obamacare supporters have at least conceded that people are losing their old plans because of Obamacare. They spin it with the notion that these new plans are way better, so why would you have liked that dumb old plan anyway (which fit within your family’s budget and served you well)? But the act of spinning requires at least some reckoning with the truth.

What level of denial and/or mendacity is necessary to tweet this? What confidence that the media will be there to cover your lies? This is the mindset of the people surrounding President Obama, and because no one’s ever held accountable for screwing up, this is the mindset of those who are “fixing” Obamacare’s problems.

In this case, I think Jarrett’s confidence in media to toe her line is misplaced. The dam seems to be breaking, at long last, on this falsehood. But who could blame her for thinking it’d hold up? This is the level of compliance she’s used to.

Sadly, the truth comes too late for all those losing the plans they liked. They can use their cancellation letters to refute Jarrett’s lie, as one of my Twitter friends did, but it’s cold comfort. Maybe they should all CC Politifact:

Charles Cooke of National Review was refuting Jarrett’s tweet tonight when he attracted a response from a liberal Obamacare defender:

Total B.S., meet low-information voter. That’s why they do it. But this time, the truth is arriving in thousands of mailboxes, and costing each family thousands. It’s going to get harder to convince them they’re not seeing what they’re seeing.


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FACT: Your first sentence is contradicted by your second.

FACT: Prior to Obamacare, I didn’t have to carry paediatric vision & dental coverage for the children THAT I DO NOT HAVE.

FACT: My male neighbour got dumped b/c his ind policy didn’t have maternity, which is MANDATED BY OBAMACARE.

Obama lied. Plans died.

I’m sure they’ll find a way to blame a youtube video for that, too.

#StopTheLies

Resist We Much on October 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Whoa!

OmahaConservative on October 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Commiespeak!

Blake on October 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Jarrett is delusional

gerrym51 on October 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

YOU LIE!

Barred on October 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Old & Busted:

Read my lips. No new taxes.

New Hotness:

If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.

Resist We Much on October 28, 2013 at 10:06 PM

It tweets!

aquaviva on October 28, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Good God!!

bazil9 on October 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM

There is no low information voter.

Permanently indoctrinated Socialists like Messeus Jarret and her Twitter minions are hardly “low info.”

They are dangerous, a cancer on society as a whole, and should be barred from participating in politics forever.

Myron Falwell on October 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Liar!

birdwatcher on October 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Now we’re getting to the decision maker…smart power!

d1carter on October 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

When I heard that Dems were starting to blame the GOP, I posted this routine from Flip Wilson in 1970. Now they’re blaming the insurance companies; I think it applies here too.

Dems: “The Devil made us do it!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SLifea3NHQ

BuckeyeSam on October 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

WH Pretzle logic…

Jarrett: Ambassador Stevens died because he didn’t hire the right security personnel and those other people, whoever they were died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time…oh and that video thingy too…

“There’s a sucker born every minute”

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Those evil insurance companies and doctors…

d1carter on October 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Future Headline — Jarrett: The Obama Regime didn’t execute you, the firearm and ammunition manufacturers who provided us with those lethal components did …

ShainS on October 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Distinction without a difference.

rickv404 on October 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Jarrett is delusional

gerrym51 on October 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

So is Obama…and neither are accountable.

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Jarrett is delusional

gerrym51 on October 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Yep.

Delusion is not only fantastical, it is compulsive

ShainS on October 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Calling out the big guns if Jarrett suddenly emerged from the shadows. They must really be in trouble.

INC on October 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I like her logic. Totally makes sense that insurance carriers would willingly cancel plans.

Jurgis Rudkus on October 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Good God!!

bazil9 on October 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Yep!

Rasputin reborn in Valerie Jarrett

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

They all lie. The stock in trade of this despicable crew is lying, and our delusional media covers for them. There is a spiritual stronghold on America, and it’s high time it gets broken.

paul1149 on October 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I hope I’m around to see karma slap that rat-faced communist traitor.

SouthernGent on October 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Good God!!

bazil9 on October 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Holy Moo!

predator on October 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

BOO! It’s big insurance’s fault! Happy Halloween, all you get are tricks and lies. No treats.

Brat on October 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

ALL Men must now be insured in case they get pregnant…

I’m guessing none of them had that on their plans before Obama “Doesn’t” Care One Wit About You!

UnderstandingisPower on October 28, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Calling out the big guns if Jarrett suddenly emerged from the shadows. They must really be in trouble.

INC on October 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I suspect Lorne Michaels hit a nerve with that skit.

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I just saw some fool on Megan Kelly’s show who said the cancellations were coincidental but had no relationship to ObamaCare.

d1carter on October 28, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Holy Moo!

predator on October 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

lol

bazil9 on October 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Valerie Jarrett: Whenever government fails, it’s further proof of the failure of free-market capitalism …

ShainS on October 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Release the hounds!

Look out NBC! They are coming for you.

d1carter on October 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Warning Signs that You are in a Cult

- do they operate in humility, or seem arrogant, and make demands on you to obey, using such statements such as “real believers obey without question or if you really were a devoted follower you would do such and such”?

Jarrett: “Chant harder”

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Yep.

INC on October 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Good post MKH. Shine the light on the liars.

conservative pilgrim on October 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

It is not Mooch who is responsible for spending millions dollars of our money several times a year on swell vacations, it is the fault of the hotels and restaurants who are asking to be paid.

steveracer on October 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

It’s weird that a shady real estate person is making shady comments about health insurance.

Jurgis Rudkus on October 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I blame that youtube video!

profitsbeard on October 28, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Medicaid. The new normal.

Jurgis Rudkus on October 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Mendacious twatwaffles. The whole lot of them.

David Block on October 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Release the hounds!

Look out NBC! They are coming for you.

d1carter on October 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

It’s almost too good to be true. Especially as NBC now is starting to turn upon itself.

If I bothered to care, this would be a great popcorn-popping time.

Myron Falwell on October 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I really want to type some things right now that would certainly get me both banned and probably arrested.

This kind of criminal, intentional destruction cannot stand. It simply cannot.

If someone robbed you, defrauded you, repeatedly, and the police would not take action, you will, at some point, protect yourself and your family and your property from being stolen and/or destroyed.

Congress, you are the police right now. Fix this. NOW, you bastards.

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM

It’s weird that a shady real estate person is making shady comments about health insurance.

Jurgis Rudkus on October 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

It’s weird that a shady real estate person is running the Oval Office.

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I think this means that nobody would repeat Jarrett’s mantra, so she had to come out from behind the curtain to give this directive personally.

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM

you know the ship is in trouble
when the Rats come up on the deck…

commie evil rat comes out from the shadows..

going2mars on October 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM

He said that if you like your plan that you can keep it; however, if your plan has to adjust to our crap sammich law then your plan may not keep you.
Translation s./

ted c on October 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hey…she IS a vacuous cipher!

Blaise on October 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I give it two weeks before there is another Rose Garden speech by the won. There is no recovering from this lie. Period

can_con on October 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

So, does this mean that Valerie has told Dear Leader he has been lying for at least three years or not…?

d1carter on October 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

The Democrats’ Health Care Plan in 4 Steps:

Step 1: Pass Obamacare

Step 2: Find out what is in it

Step 3: Blame Insurance Companies for what is in it

Step 4: Pass… Single Payer

TheRightMan on October 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I’m beginning to understand the Reggie Love card games, Valerie Jarrett and the Manchurian candidate thingy…

d1carter on October 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.

But ObamaCare demands that insurance companies change existing plans.

Officer I wasn’t speeding, my car was and my car blames the tires.

SparkPlug on October 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Things are really going bad when they play “It is the Insurance Companies fault”..This early..Jarrett is indeed delusional..:)

Dire Straits on October 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Healthcare.coma

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Hey val!! Come on up on them twittertubes and get mah bacon outta the fire… we got vacation to plan!

ted c on October 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Jarrett is delusional

gerrym51 on October 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

No, she is not. She is a lying, scheming, thieving scumbag slumlord from Chicago who would walk over the corpse of her own mother for a dollar. She is not, however, delusional.

M240H on October 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Trayvon Martin wasn’t killed by George Zimmerman.

The bullet did it.

sentinelrules on October 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Jarrett: Businesses dropping employees to 30/hrs weekly has nothing to do with Obamacare…

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM

This like saying you didn’t cause a man to die by shooting him. It was his fault for not having a bullet proof anatomy.

Reggie1971 on October 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I think it would have been a whole lot easier if the Left would have just appealed to the innate goodwill of progressives to do the right thing and each adopt an insurance policy for someone uninsured.

BKeyser on October 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM

A tweet? Really? Why not have her show up somewhere?

monalisa on October 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM

I hope this Pig likes Hell.

Tbone McGraw on October 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM

if your current plan
does not give you a Free EBT card..
were gonna have to shut that down…VJ

going2mars on October 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Jarrett is delusional

gerrym51 on October 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

And rather homely, too.

trapeze on October 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Valerie Jarrett didn’t lie.

Twitter did.

SparkPlug on October 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I can’ t believe the insurance companies won’t withdraw by Thurs now that it’s obvious, with this tweet, the administration is throwing them under the bus! They couldn’t really be suicidal could they?

wolverinefan on October 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM

The Democrats’ Health Care Plan in 4 Steps:

Step 1: Pass Obamacare

Step 2: Find out what is in it

Step 3: Blame Insurance Companies for what is in it

Step 4: Pass… Single Payer

TheRightMan on October 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

5 steps

Make Illegals legal…Democratic majority forever…Then pass single payer and nationalize other industries.

Fascism is the new hotness.

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Jarrett & Democrats are evil.

LIVs are stupid.

22044 on October 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Thousands of mailboxes, you say? I think you mean millions of mailboxes.

Before the ObamaCare tsunami is finished it’s destructive work, the number of uninsured may double. That’s necessary, of course, in order to create a large enough market to pay for the rest.

MTF on October 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Never before in history of the Republic there has been such a brazenly lying, utterly incompetent, totally immortal, and incredibly partisan President and administration like Obama and his administration… Not even close…

mnjg on October 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Nothing about being ordered out a window kills people. Gravity kills people.

It’s “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” but in reverse. ObamaCare doesn’t kill people, their untreated conditions do.

Axe on October 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Seriously – introduce a bill to defund and repeal Obamacare TOMORROW. *Make* the dems make a public on the record stand on it NOW. RIGHT NOW.

And if it doesn’t pass, send it again Wednesday – then Thursday – then Friday.

The heat is rising under these people…

… and then it occurs to me, maybe… no. Maybe do nothing to help get the dems off the hook at all…

Hmm… quandry.

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Obama didn’t kill Amb Stevens, a video did, errr Hillary did, umm… Al Qaeda did.

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

OBAMACARE’s side effects include, rash, hives, anxiety, confusion, nausea, and projectile vomiting. If these conditions persist contact your doctor immediately. No, wait…he’s not covered under your new plan.

Dhuka on October 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I can’ t believe the insurance companies won’t withdraw by Thurs now that it’s obvious, with this tweet, the administration is throwing them under the bus! They couldn’t really be suicidal could they?

wolverinefan on October 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Are you kidding? This scam will earn them, collectively, an easy ten to twenty billion yearly in pre-net revenue.

M240H on October 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Never before in history of the Republic there has been such a brazenly lying, utterly incompetent, totally immortal, and incredibly partisan President and administration like Obama and his administration… Not even close…

mnjg on October 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Let’s hope not.

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Jarrett is delusional

gerrym51 on October 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

No, she is not. She is a lying, scheming, thieving scumbag slumlord from Chicago who would walk over the corpse of her own mother for a dollar. She is not, however, delusional.

M240H on October 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Hitler and Stalin were effective with their plans and both were also delusional.

Jarrett like her boss is drunk on Power and believes they are untouchable…King Louis thought the same thing till they imprisoned him and his german wife Marie Antionette.

Jarrett has that power behind the throne thingy and the same cynical contempt for the citizenry as the average two bit tin dictator…in that she reflects her Boss as mosrt of his current and former minions in the Borg do.

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

From Power Line:

From a Power Line reader in Iowa:

My insurance agent told me a week ago that I will be receiving notice that my insurance policy is not ACA compliant and will be discontinued. He told me my option is to start shopping for an Obamacare (ACA compliant) policy.

The policy is just on me. I am a 61 year old male with no health issues. I asked my agent, “Why is this policy not compliant with the ACA?”

Answer: “Your policy doesn’t include maternity care”.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

OBAMACARE’s side effects include, rash, hives, anxiety, confusion, nausea, and projectile vomiting. If these conditions persist contact your doctor immediately – if you’ve paid your $16,000 deductible.

Dhuka on October 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

FI

faraway on October 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Twitchy’s take:

Incredible: Valerie Jarrett parrots ridiculous line that ‘nothing in Obamacare forces people out of their health plans’
http://twitchy.com/2013/10/28/incredible-valerie-jarrett-parrots-ridiculous-line-that-nothing-in-obamacare

It is like saying, “there’s nothing about landmines that forces explosions.” The actual explosion is caused by someone’s foot applying pressure to the landmine, but that doesn’t mean you can blame the victim for blowing his foot off. Of course nothing in ObamaCare technically “forces people out of their health plans.” It just makes it illegal for their current health plans to continue to exist! You can’t force someone out of something that doesn’t exist, right?

NMRN123 on October 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

When I see this woman picture I can only see a low paying bathroom cleaner ( no insult intended to cleaners)… But yet she is the most powerful person in this most incompetent administration in history…

mnjg on October 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Are you kidding? This scam will earn them, collectively, an easy ten to twenty billion yearly in pre-net revenue.

M240H on October 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Dunno, I’d have to see the math. Cancel millions of existing, revenue-generating, profitable policies, and replace them with ones that generate more revenue… yep, sounds great.

Wait, what do you mean only 1% of them are buying those more expensive policies, and the rest simply are not? Um, wait, what? But, but… our revenues, they’re plummeting, this can’t be…

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Let’s hope not.

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I meant immortal… :)

mnjg on October 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Let’s hope not.

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I meant immortal… :)

mnjg on October 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM

I know. :)

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Let’s hope not.

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I meant immortal… :)

mnjg on October 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Oops I did it again… It is IMMORAL… :)

mnjg on October 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM

LOL, wait – you typed ‘immortal’ *again*. LOL

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM

:)

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I think she forgot the part about that if there WAS no Obamacare, you wouldn’t be forced off your plan by the insurance companies having to comply with ANYTHING.

If you can’t dazzle ‘em with your brilliance, baffle ‘em with your bullshit. Classic.

NoPain on October 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Hmm… so the President’s pet bureaucrats, who wrote the regulations, that the carriers have to obey under penalty of law (and/or fine), that tossed you out of your policy, aren’t to blame?

The insurance carriers did it…?

That’s like telling me that Stalin’s signature on a death list isn’t the reason why you’re dead, it’s the firing squad’s fault…

(The internal polling numbers must really, really suck for her to trot out that steaming lie. Tomorrow’s headlines will be quite predictable…)

CPT. Charles on October 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Ahhhhhhhh…..memories

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClfpG2-1Bv4

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I called it (who didn’t?). This will morph into typical class warfare. Before the next election all the premium/deductible hikes and people losing their plans and doctors will be the fault of the evil insurance companies putting profits before people.

gwelf on October 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Are you kidding? This scam will earn them, collectively, an easy ten to twenty billion yearly in pre-net revenue.

M240H on October 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Most people are enrolling in Medicaid.

Many people will go without insurance if they can and pay out of pocket in cash for the dr’s visits for the kids.

This has already been going on in certain medical practices like psychiatry for a while…lots of those doctors don’t do insurance but discount for cash upfront.

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM

…no comment!…I can’t ‘get around’ all…the swear words!

KOOLAID2 on October 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Alaskan Patriot M4

C’mon now people, you cant blame Obama for Obamacare…he was not aware of it.

Loved this comment on the NBC site.

HellCat on October 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Prediction: phony “crisis” within 48 hours.

I’m thinking terror threat as a safe stand by, but perhaps there’s a bird flu or sex scandal that can be used.

Bets?

Jurgis Rudkus on October 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Obama may well have megalomania. Jarrett is about the Benjamins. That’s the Chicago way. Barack is nothing but a golden meal ticket to her. If you believe otherwise, she’d love to sell you some surefire, super-duper income property.

M240H on October 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Most people are enrolling in Medicaid.

Insurance carriers make money there too.

Jurgis Rudkus on October 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM

gwelf on October 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM

there is nothing profitable about me
paying sandra flukes birth control pill bill..
‘ive never seen that woman befor in my life sir’
he is stealing my money to give to her..its theft..
fluck fluke i say…

going2mars on October 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Obamacare has increased your Choco ration from 1 lb to 1/2 lb.

BobMbx on October 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Obama may well have megalomania. Jarrett is about the Benjamins. That’s the Chicago way. Barack is nothing but a golden meal ticket to her. If you believe otherwise, she’d love to sell you some surefire, super-duper income property.

M240H on October 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I’d say both…in both cases.

The difference is Americans elected Obama…But both have CIA security details.

I wonder what her security handle is…maybe troll?

workingclass artist on October 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

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