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During the Obamacare sales pitch we heard from President Obama that "If you like your insurance you can keep it," but Americans have been finding that the reality is far, far and away from what the President promised. First let's rewind the tape back to 2009 when the Obama Administration was spoon-feeding us the wonders and joys of the coming Obamacare utopia.
Remember, "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."
A 56-year old woman in Florida told CBS news this week that she cannot keep her plan and in fact the new one will cost ten times what she currently pays. Ten times!
"When I got this bill, I was outraged," CBS quotes a 56-year-old Florida resident who got dropped from her health care plan.
Her new plan will be 10 times higher than what she's paying now, jumping from $54 a month to $591.
"What I have right now is what I'm happy with, and I just want to know why I can't keep what I have," says the woman. "Why do I have to be forced into something else?"
Don't forget, "If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you."
Let's take a look at how many people have not been able to keep their plan, because that poor woman in Florida is not an isolated case.
David Hogberg did a tally of those who have lost their plans so far, however, as he notes, this is not an exhaustive list.
But how many people have received these notices? Let’s do a tally:
-800,000 in New Jersey.
-119,000 from Blue Shield in California.
-160,000 from Kaiser in California.
-300,000 in Florida.
-24,000 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
-13,000 in central and eastern Pennsylvania.
-76,000 from CareFirst in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
That adds up to 1,492,000 cancellations. And that number is low as similar cancellation notices have gone out in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. We also know that Humana has cancelled policies in Maryland. Unfortunately, no numbers are available thus far in those cases.
But wait, "If you like your insurance you can keep it."
This estimate of roughly 1.5 million Americans being cancelled may just be a drop in the bucket though. A doomsday scenario puts the potential total of Americans who could lose their individual insurance plan at 16 million people. Now that may be a little high, but you get the point. This panacea of health care affordability has turned out to be anything but that for millions of our fellow citizens, and the tally is just beginning.
Millions of Americans have been hurt, not helped by Obamacare.
But we were promised! “Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you. First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”
Turns out that the Obama Administration knew this wasn't true all along. That's right, they knew that because of new requirements under the ACA that as many as 67 percent of individuals who purchase their own plans would not be able to keep them. In other words; they lied.
Rusty Weiss, a fellow blogger here at FreedomWorks, has done a great job of cataloging the damage caused by Obamacare in his Obamacare Job Graveyard. Thousands of Americans have already lost their jobs because of the President's signature legislation. Thousands more have had their hours cut so they can fall under the 30 hour mark set as the level where employers must begin offering health care coverage under law.
Now we find out that President Obama knew what he was saying all along wasn't true. You were never going to be able to keep your plan. Once again, we told you, but it doesn't feel a bit good to be right.