About 3.5 million Americans received a notice from their insurance company that their plan would be canceled by the end of the year.
This letter is the opposite of what President Barack Obama said repeatedly while pushing for the Affordable Care Act's passage through Congress back in 2010. He said, over and over again, "If you like your health plan, you will be able keep your health plan."
Obviously, that's not true.
After taking considerable heat Obama tried to backtrack saying, "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."
No. That's not what you said dozens of times to the American people. Also, look at this screenshot from the White House's website.
It was taken Friday morning (the latest post on the right hand side shows the date of Nov. 07, 2013). It says, "If You Like the Insurance You Have, Keep It: Nothing in the proposal forces anyone to change the insurance they have. Period."
The key parts here are, "Nothing in the proposal forces anyone to change the insurance they have." Obamacare imposed a slew of new requirements, mandating every insurance plan cover what they called "Essential Health Benefits." Once implementation of the new law began, several million insurance policies had to change because they didn't meet the minimum requirements established under this law.
President Obama knew this and knew some would lose their insurance plans (despite his assurances), but continued to tell people they wouldn't. So did his website.
This week, the president apologized to those people saying, "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me." That's fine. It's a smart political strategy when approval ratings drop. He is probably even genuine with his apology. However, he should be apologizing for misleading the American public time and time again from the beginning.
There's also a lesson here for voters: Politicians will do and say whatever they want in order to get their bills passed. They'll lie right to our faces if necessary. It's our job to investigate the laws they propose. Anyone could have looked at the new requirements Obamacare imposed, compared it to their health care plans and realized changes were coming. Instead we chose to take the president at his word.
Yes, shame on the president for misleading, but shame on us for believing him in the first place.