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Obama Aides Decided He Should Lie About Plans

From a strangely forgiving Wall Street Journal:

Aides Debated Obama Health-Care Coverage Promise

By Colleen McCain Nelson, Peter Nicholas, Carol E. Lee | November 3, 2013

As President Barack Obama pushed for a new federal health law in 2009, he made a simple pledge: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep your plan. But behind the scenes, White House officials discussed whether that was a promise they could keep.

When the question arose, Mr. Obama’s advisers decided that the assertion was fair, interviews with more than a dozen people involved in crafting and explaining the president’s health-care plan show.

But at times, there was second-guessing. At one point, aides discussed whether Mr. Obama might use more in-depth discussions, such as media interviews, to explain the nuances of the succinct line in his stump speeches, a former aide said. Officials worried, though, that delving into details such as the small number of people who might lose insurance could be confusing and would clutter the president’s message.

Because, as usual, Americans are just too damn stupid to understand the wonderful nuances of Obama, and the great things he wants for us.

“You try to talk about health care in broad, intelligible points that cut through, and you inevitably lose some accuracy when you do that,” the former official said. The former official added that in the midst of a hard-fought political debate “if you like your plan, you can probably keep it” isn’t a salable point…

In other words, Obama’s aides decided he needed to lie to win the political debate. Because if people knew they would lose their current plans, they would have fought against Obama-Care more. And nobody wanted that.

“With 20/20 hindsight, maybe this should have been parsed more carefully,” said Jim Margolis, a media adviser to Mr. Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012, said of Mr. Obama’s broad promise. But, he added, “The president’s statement seems fair.”

Because, for Democrats, it’s perfectly okay to lie to people for their own good. And advancing government control, advancing socialism, is for their own good.

At the time the law was being written, Mr. Obama was trying to make the case for the health-care overhaul in understandable terms, and in an environment in which Republicans were casting it as a “big government” takeover of the health system.

Obama wasn’t trying to make Obama-Care "understandable." He was trying to sell us a lie. There is a big difference.

Mr. Obama’s aides were focused on telling people that disruption would be minimal and benefits from the law substantial.

Whereas the truth was exactly the reverse.

Aides said that because insurers could continue offering plans, even those deemed to be substandard, if they were in existence at the time the law passed, Mr. Obama’s statement that “you can keep your plan” was solid.

“We thought we could fulfill the promise with this grandfathering clause,” said Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania and a former White House health-care adviser.

BS. They intentionally wrote the ‘grandfather’ clause so narrowly that only union plans would be ‘grandfathered in.’ By their own admission, back in 2010, they knew that at least half of all employer plans would not be grandfathered in.

The health law aims to eliminate certain low-premium policies that the administration said provide skimpy coverage and could leave people with high out-of-pocket costs.

Plans that are so terrible people are furious they have been cancelled. But, once again, Obama-Care is not just eliminating ‘bare bones’ plans. It is eliminating almost all individual plans, and it will eventually eliminate most employer plans.

While it allows insurers to continue covering longtime customers with policies that were in existence as of March 2010, many insurers are canceling such plans because they would die out, anyway, in the absence of new customers.

More BS. If these plans were still active, people would flock to them like mad.

About 5% of the U.S. population, or about 15.4 million people, are covered under individual health plans, and many of them—as many as 10 million—are expected to have their health plans terminated by their insurers by year-end, industry experts have said. These customers account for many of those now receiving cancellation notices; Mr. Obama says they will be able to buy better coverage on the new federal insurance exchange.

Again, this is total BS. The employer plans are going to lose their grandfather status, too. And the new plans aren’t better. They just cost more and have higher deductible. And they never pay for out of network providers.

One former senior administration official said that as the law was being crafted by the White House and lawmakers, some White House policy advisers objected to the breadth of Mr. Obama’s “keep your plan” promise. They were overruled by political aides, the former official said. The White House said it was unaware of the objections…

Why let the facts get in the way of their propaganda?

Jon Favreau, who served as Mr. Obama’s top speech writer, said that as they tried to promote the overhaul plan and explain it to the public, the aim was to make it as simple as possible “while still being true.” “Simplification and ease of explanation were a premium, and that was true throughout the process,” he said…

Sure. It’s always easier to bamboozle someone when you simply lie.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, November 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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