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President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats explained over-and-over again that competition between insurance companies will drive down the cost of insurance plans to the benefit of the country and individual citizens. Unfortunately, this appears to be as much as a lie as the 9/11 anniversary attack in Benghazi being caused by a protest over a video. It appears that this Administration, perhaps more than others, is willing to lie to the American people in order to pursue their prime objective, disadvantaging capitalism and decentralized control over the economy in favor of socialism and centralized control over our economy.

Here is HHS touting competitive cost savings – lower than originally predicted …

Premiums on Obamacare marketplaces beat expectations, report shows

When open enrollment begins on the online, state-based marketplaces established under Obamacare, premiums nationwide are expected to be around 16 percent lower than originally predicted, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said in a new report released Wednesday.


The administration sees the lower-than-expected premiums as a sign that the plan to drive down health costs for consumers by increasing competition is working. They also point to the insurers entering the individual health insurance market for the first time as a sign of strong competition, as well as the variety of plans that will be available on the market.

For families nationwide, "these new options will finally make health insurance work within their budget," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Tuesday.

She noted that, according to the report, six in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to find coverage for less than $100 a month, while the average consumer in one of the 36 states with a federally-run marketplace will be able to choose from an average of 53 different plans. Source: CBS News/ September 25, 2013

The big lie …

North Carolina Representative Renee Ellmers has released a statement proving that President Obama was lying when he claimed that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was about cost savings due to increased competition.

NC Company to Gain Monopoly under Obamacare Exchanges -- Blue Cross Blue Shield and Coventry to be the Only Providers in North Carolina to Offer Obamacare Insurance Exchanges

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) released the following statement after receiving news that health insurance monopolies are forming as a result of Obamacare in North Carolina:

"We are now four days away from Obamacare's implementation and each moment, we are receiving new reports as to how devastating this law will be for the men and women of North Carolina. Yesterday, we discovered that health insurance rates are expected to triple for women and quadruple for men in North Carolina once this law goes into effect. Today, we were informed that virtual monopolies are now being created to sell this poison pill to our people."

"We were promised lower costs and more competition. Yet Obamacare is doing the exact opposite. The whole point of an online marketplace was to provide options, so North Carolinians could go online, compare prices, and choose plans from different companies. That is how competition is supposed to work! Although seven insurance companies currently operate in North Carolina, under the new Obamacare exchanges, those options will dwindle down to one in the majority of counties."

Starting October 1st, only two insurance companies will offer health insurance in North Carolina. Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) will offer insurance in all 100 counties while Coventry (now owned by Aetna) will not be available in the eastern part of the state. Coventry will only offer insurance in 39 counties, leaving BCBS of North Carolina with a monopoly in the remaining 61 counties. The variety will be even less pronounced in the exchange set up for small groups - the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) with only BCBS offering plans in 2014, according to Tracy Baker, Carolinas CEO for Coventry.

The Associated Press reported this morning that in North Carolina, over 60 percent of the counties will have only one insurance provider to choose from when the Obamacare insurance exchanges go live in just 4 days:

"Only Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will offer insurance plans available statewide on the exchange. The only other company selling coverage on North Carolina's exchange is Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas. It plans to offer plans on the exchange in 39 counties, including rural ones and those that include Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Asheville and Fayetteville. Aetna acquired Coventry in May."

"North Carolina shoppers also will have fewer than half the policies to choose from than the average of 53 plans across the 36 states."

Source: Congresswoman Renee Ellmers : Latest News : NC Company to Gain Monopoly under Obamacare Exchanges/September 26 2013

Bottom line …

Doubling down on the fundamental mistake of allowing for-profit insurance companies to insert themselves between the patient and the doctor, with incentives than penalize good medicine and incentivize insurance companies to delay or deny care to qualified individuals – resulting in even larger executive bonuses – the progressive socialist democrats refuse to delay or re-work this unconstitutional and dastardly plan.

To this day, most of the regulations, commissions, panels, boards, databases, and other infrastructure either do not exist or have not been tested under a record patient load.

Common sense tells you that you cannot add millions of new patients – many of them with government-subsidized premiums – to the medical marketplace without a substantial increase in facilities, physicians, nurses, diagnostic equipment and additional infrastructure.

But, then again, that is the socialist plan – to create a chaotic and unworkable system that can be resolved only with a complete government takeover of healthcare in the United States under a socialistic one-payer system. In essence turning the United States into England, France, and Canada.

And here are the names of the 25 Senators who failed to stand up to Barack Obama and joined the radical progressive socialist democrats in destroying American healthcare.

    1. Alexander (TN)
    2. Ayotte (NH)
    3. Barrasso (WY)
    4. Blunt (MO)
    5. Boozman (AR)
    6. Burr (NC)
    7. Chambliss (GA)
    8. Chiesa (NJ)
    9. Coats (IA)
    10. Coburn (OK)
    11. Cochran (MS)
    12. Collins (ME)
    13. Corker (TN),
    14. Cornyn (TX)
    15. Graham (SC)
    16. Hoeven (ND)
    17. Isakson (GA)
    18. Johanns (NE)
    19. Johnson (WI)
    20. Kirk (IL)
    21. McCain (AZ)
    22. McConnell (KY)
    23. Murkowski (AK)
    24. Thune (SD)
    25. Wicker (MS)

Remember these names in your state when you are denied healthcare or healthcare is delayed.

-- steve

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