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.
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.