In 2009, when President Barack Obama hit the road to tout his signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act – aka: Obamacare – he made many promises about the benefits of the act.
For instance, choosing a plan would be as simple as shopping for “a plane ticket on Kayak or a TV on Amazon.”
In addition, if a person was happy with his or her current insurance plan, “you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”
And, “through the marketplaces, you can get health care insurance for what may be the equivalent of your cellphone bill or your cable bill, and that’s a good deal.”
Unfortunately, now that Obamacare is being rolled out and people are actually trying to sign up for plans, they are discovering it isn’t such a good deal. And, what’s worse, Obama’s political aides – and possibly the president, himself – knew at the time Obamacare could not deliver on the promises he was making to Americans. At the time, policy advisers objected to the president’s statements because they knew they were not true, but were overruled by the president’s political aides, who were afraid of the political ramifications.
This is outrageous. Now that people are seeing what will happen to their insurance plans under Obamacare – increased cost for many, loss of long-trusted doctors, expensive penalties and other mandates – they are rightfully becoming angry.
Even with what is happening all around him, Obama is determined to charge ahead with this disaster.
Unless Democrats can urge the president to return to the drawing board to fix this monstrosity, it will be just what retiring U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said it would be: A train wreck.
Maybe that is why Baucus is retiring.