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Some of PolitiFact’s Past ‘Facts’ About O-Care

From PolitiFact, on June 29th, 2012:

Barack Obama says that under his health care law, those who have health insurance will keep it

"If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance," Obama said. "This law will only make it more secure and more affordable." — Barack Obama on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 in a speech at the White House…

Our ruling

Obama has a reasonable point: His health care law does take pains to allow Americans to keep their health plan if they want to remain on it.

What a blatant lie. Obama-Care outlaws all previous insurance plans that do not meet its new mandates. Which is most, if not all, previous plans.

But Obama suggests that keeping the insurance you like is guaranteed. In reality, Americans are not simply able to keep their insurance through thick and thin. Even before the law has taken effect, the rate of forced plan-switching among policyholders every year is substantial, and the CBO figures suggest that the law could increase that rate, at least modestly, even if Americans on balance benefit from the law’s provisions.

BS. Insurance plans might tweak their rates a little here and there. But there are not huge, sweeping changes, like those that have been caused by the Obama-Care mandates.

Otherwise, they would be brought up on charges of ‘bait and switch.’ And they are already one of the most heavily regulated industries in the nation.

We rate Obama’s claim Half True.

Note that this is what PolitiFact was saying at the height of the 2012 campaign, when telling the truth about Obama-Care might have made a difference.

But they have been promulgating this lie for years.

From PolitiFact, on August 11, 2009:

Barack Obama promises you can keep your health insurance, but there’s no guarantee

"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." — Barack Obama on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 in a town hall meeting…

Until the legislation gets closer to a final stage, it’s difficult to say how many employers will likely opt to change coverage. But clearly some change is coming. It’s not realistic for Obama to make blanket statements that "you" will be able to "keep your health care plan." It seems like rhetoric intended to soothe people that health care reform will not be overly disruptive. But one of the points of reform is to change the way health care works right now.

So we rate Obama’s statement Half True.

Even by August 2009 it was clear that Obama-Care would prohibit most if not all pre-Obama-Care policies. Which meant that no one would be able to keep their insurance the way it was.

And here are more examples from a compendium piece posted by PolitiFact on September 29th, 2013:

Testing Obamacare on the Truth-O-Meter

This next phase of Obamacare presents a good opportunity, factcheck-wise, to review where we’ve been…

Rationing of care – The health care law rations care, like systems in Canada and Great Britain. False.

Exempting Congress – Congress is exempt from Obamacare. False.

Small businesses -Under Obamacare, "75 percent of small businesses now say they are going to be forced to either fire workers or cut their hours." Pants on Fire.

IRS role – The IRS is going to be "in charge" of "a huge national database" on health care that will include Americans’ "personal, intimate, most close-to-the-vest-secrets." Pants on Fire.

Personal physicians – Under Obamacare, people who "have a doctor they’ve been seeing for the last 15 or 20 years, they won’t be able to keep going to that doctor." Mostly False.

Tax increase - "Obamacare is . . . the largest tax increase in the history of the world." Pants on Fire.

That’s what PolitiFact call ‘facts.’

But notice these ‘fact checks’ on Obama-Care were really just attacks on the people who dared to criticize Obama-Care. Who, by the way, are never forgiven for using shorthand to try to make things easier to understand. Like Obama always is.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, December 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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