Yesterday President Obama elaborated on the guarantee he made that his been proved false by events. The guarantee — “If you have a health plan you like, you can keep your plan” — was, as you will recall, categorical in nature every time he made it, and he made it many, many times. In a speech before his old campaign organization reborn as Organizing For Action, Obama gave an intransigent speech representative of the the struggle in which we are engaged. Here is how Obama explicated his false promise before his acolytes at Organizing For Action:
Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed. So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you’re grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they’ve got to change it to a higher standard. They’ve got to make it better, they’ve got to improve the quality of the plan they are selling. That’s part of the promise that we made too. That’s why we went out of our way to make sure that the law allowed for grandfathering.
If we had allowed these old plans to be downgraded, or sold to new enrollees once the law had already passed, then we would have broken an even more important promise — making sure Americans gain access to health care that doesn’t leave them one illness away from financial ruin. The bottom line is that we are making the insurance market better for everybody and that’s the right thing to do.
The man is a rank demagogue and calculating liar who thinks we are really, really stupid.