Top 5 Obamacare Broken Promises

President Obama’s infamous broken “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your plan” promise has been paraded in conservative circles as Obama’s “Read My Lips” moment, but here are 4 other promises the President made on Obamacare.  Let’s see how they fared:

1. “If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor”–7/16/2009   

For the millions of Americans who are being dropped from their employer-sponsored plans or are seeing their insurers require them to re-enroll in plans at higher rates, it is quite likely that they won’t be able to keep their doctors.  For instance, the 15,000 spouses of UPS employees who will have to leave the coverage they have and seek out plans on the individual market will likely find their new network doesn’t include their doctor.  In terms of the “If you like your plan, you can keep it” promise, the promise of keeping your doctor is in the same category.

2. “We will start by reducing premiums by as much as $2500 per family”-October 4, 2008

 Here is a map from Forbes that compares  ACA premiums vs. Pre-ACA premiums:

False again, so he is 0 for 2.

3. “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits now or in the future” -9/9/2009

The Government Accountability Office released a report on February 26, 2013 that projects Obamacare will increase the long-term federal deficit by $6.2 trillion.  The following is a chart from Investor’s Business Daily

4.  ”The plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.”-9/9/2009

The Congressional Budget Office’s May 2013 report puts the real price tag more around the area of $1.8 Trillion–double Obama’s original estimate.  Notice how the cost projections rise with every new estimate.

Estimated Cost of Obamacare Now $2.6 Trillion in First Decade

0 for 5  counting the “like your plan” promise.  The President could not deliver on a single one of these.  Millions can’t keep their plans or their doctors, and their premiums are skyrocketing.  Obamacare does add to our deficits, and it is going to end up costing us multiples of the $900 billion he originally promised.  I guess we can’t expect much though from an administration who can’t even make sure the website to purchase Obamacare is working on time.

As I said in my post yesterday, the Democrats need to stop spreading this silly notion that the 2012 Presidential Election was a referendum on Obamacare.  It wasn’t.  The Obamacare that the American people were sold is not the Obamacare that they are getting now.  These 5 broken promises prove it.

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  1. tom's Gravatar tom
    February 17, 2014    

    A lot of us saw this disaster coming.

    I spent a good number of years practicing health care law at one of the large U.S. law firms. I am not unfamiliar with health insurance. Health insurance is primarily regulated by the states, and the overlay of federal regulation by the ACA makes use of the private health insurance as a vehicle for expanded health care coverage a morass of conflicting regulations. The ACA requires the cooperation of the states and private, for-profit health insurance companies – something that only the naive believed could be achieved.

    The only rational way to provide universal health coverage is (1) a Medicare-for-all system where every citizen is covered and taxes fund the coverage or (2) the government buying the hospitals and hiring the physicians like the U.K.’s NHS. Thinking you could use the existing health care funding mechanisms to provide universal coverage was a fool’s folly.

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