The actual legislation was not the complete law, but an outline …

Those who have not read the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act do not realize that it is not a complete law. It is a list of objectives with some method of accomplishing them, but cedes tremendous power to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Administrative bureaucracy and to various, as yet unformed and unimplemented panels, commissions, boards, and appointed individuals. One might ask, what have the progressive socialist democrats brought to pass in America?

Bait and Switch?

There is some speculation that the original Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was crafted by the progressive socialist democrats to be incomprehensible, chaotic, confusing, and above all, unworkable; a law to inflict as much pain and suffering on the American people as to cause them to demand a “single payer” healthcare system that has been the dream of socialists for decades. Even if this were not true, the law – which no voting legislator read in its entirety, much less understood before they voted – was so poorly crafted and hyper-technical, that its implementation has led to massive chaos, confusion, – and yes, FEAR – among Americans.

Lying to the American public once again …

President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats knew that a substantial portion of Americans who purchase “individual” healthcare policies, would lose their existing healthcare coverage while President Obama was repeatedly telling Americans, without qualification, that they would be able to keep their healthcare and their doctor.


The  promise …

July 15, 2009 as the democrats unilaterally wrote the legislation with no GOP input or proposed amendments …

“So let me begin by saying this to you and to the American people: I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage -- they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. (Applause.) If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. (Applause.) No one will take it away, no matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: Fix what's broken and build on what works. And that's what we intend to do.”


After it was signed into law …      

April 1, 2010 after the legislation was signed into law …

“They’ll have to finally acknowledge that this isn’t a government takeover of our health care system.  They’ll see that if Americans like their doctor, they will keep their doctor.  And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it.  No one will be able to take that away from you.  It hasn’t happened yet.  It won’t happen in the future.”   

Remarks by the President on Health Insurance Reform in Portland, Maine | White House

Meanwhile the bureaucrats were working in the background and produced this Internal Revenue Service Report that contained the Administration’s estimates of how many Americans might lose their healthcare insurance plans and be forced to switch doctors …


Using these turnover estimates, a reasonable range for the percentage of individual policies that would terminate, and therefore relinquish their grandfather status, is 40 percent to 67 percent.

These estimates assume that the policies that terminate are replaced by new individual policies, and that these new policies are not, by definition, grandfathered.

In addition, the coverage that some individuals maintain for long periods might lose its grandfather status because the cost-sharing parameters in policies change by more than the limits specified in these interim final regulations.

The frequency of this outcome cannot be gauged due to lack of data, but as a result of it, the Departments estimate that the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 percent to 67 percent range that is estimated based on the fraction of
individual policies that turn over from one year to the next.

Read the IRS Bulletin for your self HERE.

Then while campaigning for his second term in office …

October 3, 2012 during the first Presidential Debate against Mitt Romney … 

Moderator:  You want the Affordable Care Act repealed. Why?

ROMNEY: I sure do. It's expensive. It has killed jobs.

OBAMA: Well, four years ago, it wasn't just that small businesses were seeing costs skyrocket, but it was families who were worried about going bankrupt if they got sick. If they had a pre-existing condition, they might not be able to get coverage at all. If they did have coverage, insurance companies might impose an arbitrary limit. And let me tell you exactly what ObamaCare did. Number one, if you've got health insurance, it doesn't mean a government takeover. You keep your own insurance. You keep your own doctor. But it does say insurance companies can't jerk you around. They can't impose arbitrary lifetime limits. They have to let you keep your kid on your insurance plan until you're 26 years old. And it also says that you're going to have to get rebates if insurance companies are spending more on administrative costs and profits than they are on actual care.

Source: First Obama-Romney 2012 Presidential debate 

And today …  the very latest spin from President Obama who said nothing about the “vast majority” or qualified the statement that “ If you liked your plan you would get to keep it. Period.” …

October 30, 2013 Remarks by the President and Governor Deval Patrick on the Affordable Care Act [My comments in blue]

Now, it is also true that some Americans who have health insurance plans that they bought on their own through the old individual market are getting notices from their insurance companies suggesting that somehow, because of the Affordable Care Act, they may be losing their existing health insurance plan.  This has been the latest flurry in the news.  Because there's been a lot of confusion and misinformation about this, I want to explain just what's going on. [You don’t understand, so I am going to ‘splain it to you Lucy!]

One of the things health reform was designed to do was to help not only the uninsured, but also the underinsured.  And there are a number of Americans –- fewer than 5 percent of Americans -– who've got cut-rate plans that don’t offer real financial protection in the event of a serious illness or an accident.  [ Five percent can equal millions of American citizens!] Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad-apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received, or use minor preexisting conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy.  So a lot of people thought they were buying coverage, and it turned out not to be so good. 

Now, if you had one of these substandard plans before the Affordable Care Act became law and you really liked that plan, you’re able to keep it.  That’s what I said when I was running for office.  That was part of the promise we made.  But ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans, what we said under the law is you've got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage  -- because that, too, was a central premise of the Affordable Care Act from the very beginning. [Any plan that does not meet government standards, is by definition, substandard! So I am not to blame if those your plan was offered by one of those “bad-apple insurers or that the evil insurance company is forced by the government to change their bad plan to conform with government standards – thus destroying your “grandfathered” plan! ]

And today, that promise means that every plan in the marketplace covers a core set of minimum benefits, like maternity care, and preventive care, and mental health care, and prescription drug benefits, and hospitalization.  And they can’t use allergies or pregnancy or a sports injury or the fact that you're a woman to charge you more.  They can't do that anymore.  (Applause.)  They can't do that anymore. 

If you couldn’t afford coverage because your child had asthma, well, he’s now covered.  If you’re one of the 45 million Americans with a mental illness, you’re now covered.  If you’re a young couple expecting a baby, you’re covered.  You’re safer.  The system is more secure for you and it’s more secure for everybody. 

So if you’re getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace.  That’s what it’s for.  Because of the tax credits we’re offering, and the competition --

THE PRESIDENT:  Because of the tax credits that we’re offering and the competition between insurers, most people are going to be able to get better, comprehensive health care plans for the same price or even cheaper than projected.  You’re going to get a better deal. [Most people is not all people!]

Now, there’s a fraction of Americans with higher incomes who will pay more on the front end for better insurance with better benefits and protections like the Patient’s Bill of Rights.  And that will actually save them from financial ruin if they get sick.  But nobody is losing their right to health care coverage. And no insurance company will ever be able to deny you coverage, or drop you as a customer altogether.  Those days are over.  And that’s the truth.  (Applause.)  That is the truth.  [99% (99/100) is also a fraction!]

So for people without health insurance, they’re finally going to be able to get it.  For the vast majority of people who have health insurance that works, you can keep it.  For the fewer than 5 percent of Americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal. [5% will get a better deal as defined by the government. But it does not mean these people will be able to keep their current insurance plans they like or the doctors they choose.]

So anyone peddling the notion that insurers are cancelling people’s plan without mentioning that almost all the insurers are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier, and stronger benefits and stronger protections, while others will be able to get better plans with new carriers through the marketplace, and that many will get new help to pay for these better plans and make them actually cheaper -- if you leave that stuff out, you’re being grossly misleading, to say the least.  (Applause.)  [If anyone explains it differently that me, Barack Obama, they are misleading you.] 

Source: The White House

You can keep your plan and your doctor – but the government’s terms and conditions make this next to impossible. I didn’t lie when I told you that you could keep your crappy substandard plan issued by one of those bad-apple insurers. I just didn’t tell you that when the government demands changes to these plans, they lose their grandfather status and your sorry ass is out in the cold along with all of the other people who are being forced to share socialist pain and misery.

The truth …

  • You cannot add additional millions of people to a healthcare system without increasing physicians, facilities, diagnostic equipment, and the rest of the medical infrastructure to provide adequate individualized care.
  • In addition, you cannot incentivize insurance companies, medical facilities, and medical personnel to contain costs without denying and delaying healthcare – possibly to the point where a patient is no longer able to receive effective treatment or dies.
  • You cannot allow bureaucrats to dictate to physicians the type and level of care needed to responsibly treat patients.
  • The government is not serious about curtailing waste, fraud, and abuse as they restrict the number of qualified fraud investigators and refuse to implement commonsense systems that would flag fraudulent practices before they became million-dollar front page stories. If the government want to curb waste, fraud, and abuse as they have claimed for decades, they would have done it before this. Of course, they would lose the fiction of funding programs by claiming that curbing the waste, fraud, and abuse will pay for a significant portion of the program.
  • As long as special interests can influence corrupt politicians, nothing will change except the gulf between the wealthy special interests and “We the People.”

Washington is all about corruption, deception, and misdirection – none so much as President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats in the Administration and in Congress.

Bottom line …


Remember this when you stand in your polling spot in the 2014 congressional election cycle. Which party lied to you the most? And, could those lies affect your health and the health of your family. The progressive socialist democrats created and passed Obamacare, with no GOP input or amendments. It was unconstitutionally passed using a Senate rules trick and the finished bill was never approved by the House of Representatives.

We are so screwed!

-- steve

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