The latest demonstration that Obamacare is a bad idea comes from Obama himself speaking to what should have been among his friendliest crowds. On a conference call the President hosted for leftist bloggers for the purpose of getting their support in pressuring Congress to pass Obamacare the President made a startling admission:
During the call, a blogger from Maine said he kept running into an Investors Business Daily article that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance. He asked: “Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?” President Obama replied: “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.” (quote begins at 17:10)
There is no question Section 102 exists. It’s been published on the Thomas Locator and it’s available to anyone who cares to look it up. For the President to be continuously saying – as he did yet again later on that very call – that people will be allowed to keep their current insurance and doctors if they like (“Period,” says the President) while not being familiar with the law he’s touting is worse than just politics as usual. It’s willful dereliction bordering on a fraudulent assertion.
The Heritage Foundation has looked at Section 102 and, like me, has found that it does not explicitly outlaw private insurance. However, its effects will have the same result:
We are familiar with the passage IBD sites, and as we wrote last week, the House bill does not outright outlaw private individual health insurance, but it does effectively regulate it out of existence. The House bill does allow private insurance to be sold, but only “Exchange-participating health benefits plans.” In order to qualify as an “Exchange-participating health benefits plan,” all health insurance plans must conform to a slew of new regulations, including community rating and guaranteed issue. These will all send the cost of private individual health insurance skyrocketing. Furthermore, all these new regulations would not apply just to individual insurance plans, but to all insurance plans. So the House bill will also drive up the cost of your existing employer coverage as well. Until, of course, it becomes so expensive that your company makes the perfectly economical decision to dump you into the government plan.
As they say in my industry, that’s not a bug, it’s a feature. The intent of the legislation is to kill off private insurance and have everyone on the government plan. (Everyone but Congress, of course.) The issue here, however, is the fact that the President is demanding Congress pass this bill and is trying to marshal his activist forces to pressure Congress to get that task done while making assertions about the law that he then admits he doesn’t know enough to be making.
Which begs the question of what else he’s telling us about the bill that he’s “not familiar with.” Let alone what he’s not telling us because he knows we’d never agree.
This law stinks badly and the fact that the President and the Dem leadership of Congress are trying to give it the bum’s rush past us stinks worse. We should listen to the instinct that tells us when someone wants us to jump before we look over the side that it’s a bad idea to take the leap.