Obama on insurance cancellations: “Just shop around in the new marketplace, that’s what it’s for”

posted at 6:01 pm on October 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Fear not, you millions of Americans now receiving insurance policy cancellation notices in the mail: Your anger and bewilderment has not fallen upon deaf ears. In his speech in Boston this afternoon, President Obama munificently took the time to explain to any such Americans how it was not, in fact, his own now infamous promise that “If you like your plan, you can keep it” that misled people, because hey, insurance companies are still offering plans you can buy in their place! They might be more expensive, sure, but the good news is that they will no longer be “substandard.” According to The One, that is.

NRO clipped it:

Now, if you had one of these substandard plans before the affordable care act became law and you really liked that plan, you were able to keep it. That’s what I said when I was running for office. That was part of the promise we made. But ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans, what we said under the law is, you’ve got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage, because that, too, was a central premise of the Affordable Care Act from the very beginning. And today, that promise means that every plan in the marketplace covers a core set of minimum benefits like maternity care and preventative care and prescription drug benefits and hospitalization, and they can’t use allergies or pregnancy or a sports injury or the fact that you’re a woman to charge you more. They can’t do that anymore. They can’t do that anymore. If you couldn’t afford coverage because your child had asthma, well, he’s now covered. If you are one of the 45 million Americans with a mental illness, you’re now covered. If you’re expecting a baby, you’re covered, you’re safer. The system is more secure for you and it’s more secure for everybody. So if you’re getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace. That what it’s for. Because of the tax credits we’re offering…

At which point, some heckler oh-so-rudely interrupted him (I think it was something about the Keystone XL pipeline from an outraged eco-radical? Obama threw some major shade and the guy was promptly removed), but the point is, if you “like” your plan, you can keep it — and obviously, nobody could possibly “like” a plan that President Obama doesn’t like, too. If you happen to be one of those unlucky people who do not qualify for a generous, “free” subsidy and must now purchase a more expensive plan, well… sucks to be you.

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Bmore on October 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Excellent article by Avik Roy on Forbes. Be sure to read the comments as the figures are somewhat higher on those losing their coverage. Included in this article are figures on small and large
Employer plans.

In addition, S. Ron Johnson ( R-Wisc) who voted FOR cloture in Sept ’13 on the H.J. Res.59, has proposed an Amendment to the O’Crap. Of course all of the Red State Dems are on board. The link
to that Amendment is linked to.


bluefox on October 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM


Bmore on October 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Thank you!! I was afraid my comment would not advance:-)

bluefox on October 31, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I meant to give a H/T to Twitchy for this Forbes article, but got a text message, LOL

Also the Federal Register that is cited in the Forbes article is here:

WOW, what a site. I have never seen this before. Almost as large as the Internal Revenue Code:-) Maybe larger!

bluefox on October 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

“You load 16 tons and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt….
I owe my soul to the government store…”

dentarthurdent on October 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Let us not forget that the world might look a whole lot different today had the mainstream media listened to conservative writers and think tanks who warned that this would happen. Instead the media fact-checked us as liars and racists. But now that it is too late, and millions have already lost the insurance Obama promised them they could keep, the media are all over it.


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bluefox on October 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

The accompanying picture of Obama, facing to his right, with the sappy expression on his face reminded me of someone this morning, and only now do I realize who he reminds me of: Jack Benny.

Emperor Norton on October 31, 2013 at 6:31 PM

O says: Let them eat arugula!

virgo on November 1, 2013 at 1:03 AM