NYT: Barack Obama just “misspoke” about keeping your plan, or something

posted at 10:01 am on November 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Remember, people, that the mainstream media stands ready to challenge the government and speak truth to power … in a Republican administration.  In a Democratic presidency, we get the Paper of Record’s editorial board shielding power by offering an untruth so bald and so ridiculous that it’s practically a parody of itself. Barack Obama promised on dozens, if not hundreds, of occasions that his Affordable Care Act would not force people out of the existing plans they liked and wanted to keep.  “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” Obama told people as late as the presidential debates in 2012 against Mitt Romney.  “No one will force you out of your plan,” he promised on other occasions.

Now that the lie has been thoroughly exposed, did the New York Times speak truth to power? Hardly (emphasis mine):

Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it.

Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that. By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year. So they’ve sent cancellation notices to hundreds of thousands of people who hold these substandard policies. (At issue here are not the 149 million people covered by employer plans, but the 10 million to 12 million people who buy policies directly on the individual market.)

But insurers are not allowed to abandon enrollees. They must offer consumers options that do comply with the law, and they are scrambling to retain as many of their customers as possible with new policies that are almost certain to be more comprehensive than their old ones.

Misspoke? Scooter Libby “misspoke” on one occasion and ended up with a felony conviction for it. Obama turned that promise into a mantra.  He  deployed it against critics on every occasion by insisting that people who pointed out the obvious — that coverage mandates will make risk pools more expensive and that plans would have to get cancelled to manage them — were just scaremongers, and that the ACA would just mean more people would get insurance.  “No one will take away your plan,” Obama promised repeatedly.

Misspoke.

Speaking of misspeaking, note well what the Times did in this argument.  They shifted the pledge from “plan” to insurance, as if the promise was “If you like Aetna, you can keep Aetna!” But that wasn’t actually the promise, and the people who had insurance weren’t getting tossed out of their plans anyway … at least not until ObamaCare got enacted, as Dianne Feinstein noted yesterday.  Obama promised that his bill wouldn’t disrupt existing insurance plans, and kept promising it for years after his own administration estimated it would disrupt up to two-thirds of existing plans.

Contra the Gray Lady, this actually does impact the 149 million Americans with employer-based plans.  When the employer mandate hits next year, that market will go through the same cancellation cycle as the individual markets this year did.  As many as 93 million Americans might find their employer-based plans either changed out or gone altogether, as HHS’ own data shows.

The motto of the New York Times is “All the news that’s fit to print.” Apparently, they misspoke when they wrote that.


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rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

 
At a disadvantage from you –
not just doing one thing.
(It didn’t take me 10 mins to type this.)
 
verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

 
Tell us why you’re concerned about what adults do in the privacy of their own homes, verbaluce.

rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Ha. 201. Nice placement. Back later.
 
And verbaluce, I hope you find the guy who keeps posting pro-Gosnell positions and dead-kid jokes from your account.

rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

NYT: Barack Obama just “misspoke” about keeping your plan, or something

Weird…the LSM will occasionally post stories that make you think, “Maybe they’re finally beginning to come to their senses?”

Then they go back to being shills for all things Commie.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

All I can figure is they do this to try to maintain some moderate and conservative subscribers, and/or to be able to deny publicly that they are indeed shilling by pointing out their stories that they publish every once in a while that make them seem to be fair?

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

All I can figure is they do this to try to maintain some moderate and conservative subscribers, and/or to be able to deny publicly that they are indeed shilling by pointing out their stories that they publish every once in a while that make them seem to be fair?

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I think that is for their own benefit. So at the next party they can talk amongst themselves about how clear and objective they are. I think we should have party recognition of journalists. If the Senate wants to define Journalism, then they should provide party, participation, and contributions to politics from journalists. This would make sense, unless journalists have something to hide. Maybe also a “slant-meter” – showing R-positive vs. Dem-positive coverage of each journalist, paper, station etc.

If there is freedom of the press, America should be free to know who the press is.

oldroy on November 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that. By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year.
– NYT

Admittedly hindsight is 20/20…but this seems to go beyond that excuse. Wouldn’t have taken much to know that OF COURSE the old pray-you-never-get-sick policies wouldn’t be allowed under this law.
Had the site worked well, this would have never become an issue. But the site didn’t work well, so now the admin has this added headache.
Would be best for them to eat some crow here and not spin that this line was anything less than false.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Wow, you got all the way to the second word before lying…..

This has nothing to do with hindsight, as if they thought they were telling the truth. They knew when they said it that it was not true. The intention from the beginning was to say whatever helped to sell Obamacare, and not worry that it was a lie.

To dignify that with “hindsight” is just as dishonest as the original lie.

And, sadly, totally predictable from you.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 4, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Scum-sucking pigs.

Othniel on November 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

And enter it into a separate post.

rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

I almost did it just to prank you. Instead as usual I must thank you. ; ) Took me 2 hours to type this. Lolz!

Bmore on November 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

pray-you-never-get-sick policies wouldn’t be allowed under this law.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what your daddy thinks it means. To him it means pray-your-one-of-mine law.
Do you dream of dead babies or just joke about them? Dregg.

onomo on November 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

pray-you-never-get-sick policies wouldn’t be allowed under this law.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Nope the policies are irrelevant. Now it’s simply, pray that you never get sick, under this law.

Own it reprobate.

Murphy9 on November 4, 2013 at 6:13 PM

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM

verbaluce. It is a freaking mess because your team wants it to be. Many, many people will suffer greatly because of this. You just aren’t getting it or you are being disingenuous. This is the biggest mess placed upon the citizenry of this country ever. Do you honestly refuse to accept that? Are you okay with all the destruction of insurance for health in this land? Give it up verbaluce. Even my most leftist associates see it for what it is. An irreversible mess.

Bmore on November 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Admittedly hindsight is 20/20…but this seems to go beyond that excuse.

Had the site worked well, this would have never become an issue.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Um, no. Anyone that bothered to read and understand the bill realized that millions of people would lose their insurance and that out of pocket costs would increase for most people.

That is why thinking people opposed the bill, not because of Obama’s party or his skin color, but because the bill sucks.

talkingpoints on November 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

So they admit that O is so stupid that he “misspoke” a few hundred times? Doh!

Scotty J on November 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

NYT: Barack Obama just “misspoke” about keeping your plan, or something

Oh come on. Yes, many times Obama said “If you like your health plan, you can keep it,” but it’s not a lie. And every child knows the reason why. Before that statement, Obama never said “Simon says. . . .”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on November 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Admittedly hindsight is 20/20…but this seems to go beyond that excuse.

Had the site worked well, this would have never become an issue.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Um, no. Anyone that bothered to read and understand the bill realized that millions of people would lose their insurance and that out of pocket costs would increase for most people.

That is why thinking people opposed the bill, not because of Obama’s party or his skin color, but because the bill sucks.

talkingpoints on November 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Thanks for saying it perfectly talkingpoints.

This fetid pile of manure with a garland around it would still be a fetid pile of manure.

From the millions of individuals who are forced out of their plans due to Obama’s outright lies, to it’s outrageous requirements for coverages for things so people simply don’t want, this stinking pile of sh!t would still smell.

Not due to Republicans, but because of incompetence in the Obama administration.

But you are right about one thing (and only one), the dead carcass of a website made it as plain as day to everyone. And one-on-one, people trying to sign up are finding out what a disasterous mess of health care the Obama administration has made.

itsspideyman on November 4, 2013 at 9:08 PM

You do understand that not correcting a position establishes it as correct, right?
 
rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

 
My position is that you’re a jackass.
Care to correct that?
I’d welcome it.
 
verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM

 

That’s easy enough to correct. Hotair readers, if I’m a jackass, please copy this:
 
ABC123
 
And enter it into a separate post.
 
rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

 
So all night and not a single “ABC123″.
 
Like I said, that was easy enough to correct.

rogerb on November 5, 2013 at 6:16 AM

BTW, I’m reminded of the fellow complaining about his six ex-wives until another guy suggested, “Six times? Maybe it’s you.”

rogerb on November 5, 2013 at 6:22 AM

You do understand that not correcting a position establishes it as correct, right?

rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

My position is that you’re a jackass.
Care to correct that?
I’d welcome it.

verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM

That’s easy enough to correct. Hotair readers, if I’m a jackass, please copy this:

ABC123

And enter it into a separate post.

rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

So all night and not a single “ABC123″.

Like I said, that was easy enough to correct.

rogerb on November 5, 2013 at 6:16 AM

Ding!

itsspideyman on November 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

You do understand that not correcting a position establishes it as correct, right?
 
rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

 
My position is that you’re a jackass.
Care to correct that?
I’d welcome it.
 
verbaluce on November 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM

 
That’s easy enough to correct. Hotair readers, if I’m a jackass, please copy this:
 
ABC123
 
And enter it into a separate post.
 
rogerb on November 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

 
So all night and not a single “ABC123″.
 
Like I said, that was easy enough to correct.
 
rogerb on November 5, 2013 at 6:16 AM

 
We’re at what, almost two full days now on the frontpage with exactly zero “ABC123″ yes-rogerb-is-a-jackass posts?
 
It’s weird for someone to even be incapable of forming their own opinion correctly.

rogerb on November 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

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