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.

Until now.

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.

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If you axed her this question I expect you would get a typical open-mouthed Democratic Party member blank stare.

slickwillie2001 on November 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

“I don’t care. Obama is awesome”

BobMbx on November 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM

A member of the NH Health Exchange Advisory Board

Get out……

BobMbx on November 26, 2013 at 3:56 PM

By 2016 Nancy will be known as another victim of the Obama economy & obamacare. Failed!
D-fusit on November 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

But like the good little libtard obamoron, she will blame Buuuuuuush for all of it.

dentarthurdent on November 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

She’ll still suck up after they’ve put her out of business.

claudius on November 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Live in WA (sorry America for Patty Murry). Heard today that 100k people have set up an “account” with the WA exchange ( doesn’t mean they have insurance). Out of those 100k, 30k signed up for Medicaid, 10k signed up for Insurance. This was lauded as a sucess story in comparison to OR.

Whiterock on November 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Well isnt that selfish of her. Dumping her workers onto the exchange so other tax payers can pick up the tab.

Liberals talk on one side of the mouth and then talk out of the other side.

watertown on November 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Yet another looter who wants the government to mandate that the rest of us increase her profits.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM


BoxHead1 on November 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Clark still maintains a positive attitude toward ObamaCare,

Sure. But do her employees?

portlandon on November 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

The North Conway area is pretty much Leftist Central Station. Huge ski town in the winter months, and in the warm-weather months it’s the mountaineering capitol of the Eastern US. Hippies everywhere.

What’s the over/under on Nancy still being in business in 2014?


By 2016 Nancy will be known as another victim of the Obama economy & obamacare. Failed!

Nancy’s former employees will be pumping gas or bagging groceries part-time making minimum wage waiting each month for their deposits on their EBT and SNAP benefits to kick in, while Nancy is now counselor at the local women’s shelter for battered women, since she got the experience of being abused by being a loyal obot. Utopia!!!!!

D-fusit on November 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Overall, New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is much lower than the US average. Last month it was just over 5%.

But Northern NH has much higher unemployment rates than the rest of the state. In some places up there it’s 10% or more. The ski industry is still hugely dependent on the weather, even the ski areas with snowmaking.

Del Dolemonte on November 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Obamacare was robbery all along. The people who supported it knew that; they just didn’t think they would be the ones that would be robbed.

They normally keep supporting Obamacare as long as they can foist the costs on someone else, like their employees. Only when all dodges fail and Obamacare comes out of their own pockets do they see a problem.

David Blue on November 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

13% of what? $15K is 13% of $115K. Is the $115K the amount she currently spends on employee health insurance premiums? That’s $14,375 per employee, or $1197 per month per employee.
If she cancels the company policy, she will save 100% of that amount.
So, she then offers to pay half of the new premiums for her 8 employees to go on the exchange. For her to save money, her half of the new premiums needs to be less than $1197 per month. So what will the employees be paying, and what are they paying now?

dentarthurdent on November 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I’ll go even further than that. Why does she even worry about “saving” money? Isn’t that a capitalistic trait? Taxes are good, right? Why would anyone even bother with complicated tax forms/returns or go the the effort of formulating an estate plan? Just fill out the most basic forms with all the defaults and pay your fair share!

I will tell you why; because as much as liberals go on about “rights’ and “fairness” the reality is that it is always at someone else’s expense AND they are human so of course they will look out for themselves first. They love to throw out phrases like “there should be a law!” or “if it saves one life”. It doesn’t matter how much something costs compared to the actual benefit, they have good intentions!

The bottom line is that liberals will sacrifice every life for a crackpot notion (except their own, of course).

yubley on November 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

this interview with omrade halperin shows us quite plainly the interior of the leftist hive mind.

Collectivism is assumed. I think we all know what the phrase ‘explanatory journalism’ will be about. When our leftist friends say ‘the law is the law’ somehow i get the feeling their view is One man One vote, One time

this is who they are…and they are prepping the battle field now. Regrettably newsbusters buried the lede, imho…falling for the trap that Sarah was right after all. Well yes, Palin was right…the press, like barry does, lied thru their teeth (i.e. explanatory journolism 1.0)

But there’s going to be a lot of journalism done across the board on this issue coming up just as there has now on the issue of whether people with individual plans could keep them.

There’s going to be a lot of scrutiny. It should start now. It should have started a while ago, but it needs to start now in a serious and substantive way with investigative reporting and explanatory journalism rather than waiting until the crisis is upon us because the law’s the law, and we’re going to have to have a discussion as a country about what kind of healthcare we can afford, particularly at the end of life when a lot of expensive medicine is often done that as a society we’ll have to decide – do we really want to spend that money?


so we’re supposed to follow the lead of comrade Halperin and talk about how we Must Ration. Elsewhere, naturally, he says the insurance companies already do this…well, another lie.

lies and potemkin villages all the way down…

r keller on November 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

“once the dust settles, this is still going to be a good thing.”

I just HAVE to be right about Obama. I just HAVE to. Everyone else be damned.

Good Lt on November 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Are there any trolls lurking out there who are willing to jump in and defend this crap?

C’mon, give me an early Christmas present.

JackM on November 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

What lower deductible is she talking about?

It’s like a survivor of one of those suicide cults waking up, seeing everyone they love dead around them,and still following the leader who killed them all!

It is insane. Absolutely insane, and I don’t know if there is a fix for this.

How did so many people just give up their brains to the democrat party?

petunia on November 28, 2013 at 1:20 AM