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Obama Claims ‘Bad Apple’ Insurers Are To Blame

From Obama’s an unquestioning public relations staff at Reuters:

Obama blames ‘bad apple’ insurers for canceled coverage

By Roberta Rampton and David Morgan | October 30, 2013

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that "bad apple" insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks…

Republicans’ assertion that Obama had broken a major promise to the electorate is potentially more damaging than the glitch-ridden website rollout on October 1…

Which is why Reuters and the rest of Obama’s public relations team are going to have to convince the hick critics that they don’t know what they are taking about. In fact, notice how it is only evil Republicans who are claiming Obama broke a major promise. Sensible people know better: Obama just wants what is best for us.

The law requires insurers to offer a higher level of minimum coverage that includes maternity care and mental health treatment, among other benefits. Individuals who do not have policies that meet the new standards may see their coverage canceled at the end of the year, or may find that the monthly payments are beyond what they can afford.

In other words, Obama-Care kills off those crazy ‘bare bones’ plans that don’t offer free birth control or abortion or wellness plans or sex change operations. And never mind that most people, especially the young and/or healthy want exactly those kind of plans.

In fact, Obama-Care has things exactly backwards. The problem with insurance today is that it is being stretched to cover things it never should have to cover. Which is why rates are constantly going up.

If insurance only covered major problems, like accidents and disease, we would all be better off. Instead, our rates go up every time someone makes their insurance pay for a cold or a hangnail.

Speaking in Boston, Obama said those who are getting dropped will be able to find new options through the online insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, established under the 2010 law. "Just shop around in the new marketplace," he said. "You’re going to get a better deal."

And all those millions of people who are finding out that they are going to get a worse deal are just ‘anecdotes. ‘

He also stressed that the law allows Americans to keep bare-bones plans created before the law was signed, as long as insurers did not change or cancel them.

But he forgot to mention that it is impossible for insurance companies to survive without tweaking these plans.

"Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad-apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received, or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums, or bill you into bankruptcy," Obama said…

Funny, but we don’t remember insurance companies cancelling two million people last year. We must have missed all those stories.

America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade group for insurers, when asked for comment, pointed to its prior fact sheets about which plans are protected. "Most policies in the individual market are not ‘grandfathered’ and therefore have to come into compliance with the ACA requirements starting on January 1, 2014 or when those policies renew throughout the year," one document said…

But don’t worry. Unions will be protected. A minor detail Reuters ignores.

The law is the most sweeping new social program since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s. It is intended to move the United States closer to the goal of universal care by using market-based mechanisms to deliver affordable insurance to less affluent families that have been priced out by decades of rising healthcare costs…

So it should be trying to encourage more ‘bare bones’ insurance plans. Instead of criminalizing them as "bad apples." All of which just proves that this was never the purpose of the bill. Obama-Care was always intended to force insurance companies to do the government’s bidding. And to ultimately drive them out of business.

Obama said he would not allow the country to return to the previous system, which gave insurers wide latitude to refuse coverage to consumers that they did not deem profitable.

"I don’t think we should go back to the daily cruelties and indignities and constant insecurity of a broken healthcare system," he said…

Give us that old ‘cruelty and indignity’ anytime.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 31st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Claims ‘Bad Apple’ Insurers Are To Blame”

  1. Petronius says:

    We didn’t “lose” our insurance plan. It just went up $700.

    Fortunately that’s only $700 per year … as opposed to a $2500 reduction per year.

    But we consider ourselves lucky because it could have been much worse.

    So thank you, Mr. President and Liberals everywhere. Thank you for protecting us from those bad apples.

    And it’s comforting to know that, although I’m in my 70s, I will get pediatric dental care.

    And Mrs. Petronius will get her “free” abortions and the full-blown Sandra Fluke birth control special.

    Yep, no more red Solo cups for us.

    We’re so glad that our masters in Washington know what is best for us.

  2. BillK says:

    It’s like forcing auto insurers to cover tires and oil changes – but it’s all about control in the end and forcing people into a single payer system when no one can afford their policies.

    Always has been.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I totally agree, but….

      “It’s like forcing auto insurers to cover tires and oil changes….”

      Except we only own covered wagons…

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