Uh oh: Another ObamaCare “success” story turns sour for White House
posted at 12:21 pm on November 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Nancy Clark was originally a booster of ObamaCare — so much so that the White House featured her in an April 2012 ad that still remains on the White House website today. “My personal philosophy is that health care is a right and that it should always be affordable,” Clark tells viewers in this campaign spot. “[A]s a very small business owner,” Clark continues in her enthusiastic endorsement of ObamaCare, “I will always offer the mechanism by which people can have access to health care.”
That was then … and this is now. CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson caught up with the New Hampshire business owner, who decided this year to dump her employees out of group insurance and into the ObamaCare exchange — only to discover the disaster awaiting them (via Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit):
Nancy Clark had high hopes when the federal insurance marketplace opened for business Oct. 1. A member of the NH Health Exchange Advisory Board and a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, Clark owns Glen Group, a small advertising agency in North Conway. She’s always offered health insurance to employees and their families, even as premiums increased by double digits every year.
“We’ve turned down the heat, the lights,” she says. “But we never, ever took health care off the table.
When Anthem told Clark premiums for her eight employees would go up 39 percent in 2014, she checked out the plans available through the Small Business Health Options Program, where companies with fewer than 50 employees can shop for group coverage. Those plans were less expensive, but would still increase Clark’s premiums by 14 percent.
Clark then compared the price of individual policies available at Healthcare.gov to what she currently offers. She figured she could save 13 percent, or about $15,000, by discontinuing her group plan. She told her employees to pick a policy offered on the marketplace, and she’ll increase their pay to cover half the cost of the premiums.
Bear in mind that ever since that estimate in mid-2010, the White House has insisted that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” On top of that, the Obama administration kept pushing the lie that the changes in the marketplace had nothing to do with those who got insurance through their employers. All the while, they knew that 14 million — at least — would find their coverage cancelled and forced into the individual market.
Clark still maintains a positive attitude toward ObamaCare, claiming that the lower deductibles in the individual market means that “once the dust settles, this is still going to be a good thing.” I wonder if her employees think the same thing, especially after her reversal on providing coverage.