The Obama administration is holding a national contest “encouraging folks to create a song, or a graphic, or a video” touting the sheer “fabulousness” of its health care law. In the spirit of competition – and given that administration staffers implementing the law don’t even understand it – we’ve created some potential entries of our own to highlight things about ObamaCare folks might not know.
Our first one recalls this famous promise by the president: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”
Not really, it turns out.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts “[s]ome 7 million people are expected to lose or drop their employment-based coverage” because of ObamaCare, says CNN.
More than 100,000 people in New Jersey will lose their health care plan, says the Star-Ledger – “[a]nd what those policy holders will be left with may be a choice among pricey, pricier and priciest” plans.
Tens of thousands of Californians face the same reality now that “[t]he nation’s largest health insurance company has decided to stop covering individuals in the nation’s largest state.”
Employers big and small are dropping coverage for families and spouses in order to cope with ObamaCare’s costs.
The Associated Press says rising premiums are making some small business owners “consider not paying for coverage for workers’ families.”
UPS “is set to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan,” reports USA Today.
“The higher charges and exclusions for spouses are part of a national trend that’s hitting home in Western Pennsylvania,” says the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“Meanwhile,” says the DC Examiner, “the University of Virginia on Wednesday announced it too will stop offering health insurance to spouses who have access to coverage elsewhere.”
AP also says “state insurance commissioners are giving insurers the option of canceling existing plans or changing them to comply with new federal requirements.”
You can’t exactly keep a plan you like if it’s being changed or cancelled, but hey – maybe the administration will give all these folks one of those “Stay Healthy Kits” as a consolation.
In addition to the seven bills President Obama has signed, and legislation repealing the entire health care law, the House has passed bipartisan legislation delaying the individual mandate and giving all Americans the same protection from the law the president is giving big businesses. Learn more here.
More to come.