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.