Update: Borgia politics at NBC. We’ve fed stories to Lisa Myers in the before Big Pink past so we have a degree of respect for her as she treated us fairly. We suspect Lisa Myers had a rough fight with her NBC bosses tonight because of her incendiary report about ObaminationCare.
The Lisa Myers report was linked to by many (we wrote about it below) including DrudgeReport but then it mysteriously disappeared. The Lisa Myers report then reappeared with a different URL address and a missing chunk of the most important allegations about ObaminationCare. NBC News published a tweet stating an irony filled “glitch” was to blame for the taking down of the news report.
Perhaps not so oddly, the Lisa Myers report was fully restored by NBC but only after many websites caught the important deletions to the original article and NBC discovered that the edits could not be deleted from the Internet’s cached memory. NBC succeeded in breaking links to stories already posted discussing Lisa Myers’ good work but already many, including Drudge, have updated their links to this important report. We hope Lisa Myers did not have to scream too much to get her story fully restored.
Apple trees produce apples. Orange trees produce oranges. That’s all you really needed to know years ago to predict what Obama would produce with ObamaCare. Elect a boob – expect boobery.
Instead of the obvious, Big Media concocted myriad defenses for the glory of ObamaCare to be. When it mattered, before election 2012, Big Media protected and defended Barack Obama and ObaminationCare. Big Pink and many other websites, along with those willing to look at the evidence right before their eyes, wrote in detail what would happen. It happened. No surprises.
Now that certain campaigns for president are engaged in strategic preparations for 2016 we are warning them and waving red flags. Perhaps we will win the internal arguments happening right now. We are not alone in waving red flags.
Many Big Media outlets, the very same Big Media outlets that protected Obama and ObaminationCare when it mattered, are forced to tell the truth these days about ObaminationCare. Certain campaigns should see the red flags sheared by the hurricane force winds of ObaminationCare reality.
Ron Fournier of National Journal is not only not protecting ObaminationCare now, Fournier is quoting the very people certain campaigns generally listen to:
“Dem Party is F****d.” That was the subject line of an email sent to me Sunday by a senior Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill. The body of the email contained a link to this Los Angeles Times story about Obamacare “sticker shock:”
“These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.”
“Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama’s signature legislation.”
In his story, reporter Chad Terhune also quoted a letter sent to a California insurance company executive. “I was all for Obamacare,” wrote a young woman complaining about a 50 percent rate hike related to the health care law, “until I found out I was paying for it.”
Also of interest to the Democratic consultant: A Josh Barro column on Obama’s promise that “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan.” It was never a reasonable pledge, Barro argues, and it’s being proven false. He called this “a good thing” because “a lot of existing health plans were bad.” Reforming the nation’s health care system “was necessarily going to have to change a lot of people’s health plans,” Barro wrote.
The Democratic consultant said none of this is news to him, but he wonders why Obama wasn’t honest with Americans. He predicted surprise and outrage over higher costs and lesser coverage. “We will own this problem forever,” the Democrat wrote.”
“Forever” encompasses the years 2014 and 2016.
Politico has been one of the most dishonest protectors of ObaminationCare. But now as the Titanic sinks and rips in the hull appear the truth is even seeping into Politico “reportage”:
“White House officials insist all will work once the website is up, running and easy to use. But the intensity of the national focus on the website has saved them from having to answer questions about other potentially damaging issues that have arisen either outside the virtual confines of healthcare.gov or in conjunction with troubled portal.
Mostly, those problems are a matter of pocketbooks and politics.
Consumers are suffering from sticker shock; a major cross-section of previously insured Americans are finding out that their plans are changing to conform with Obamacare even though the president promised they wouldn’t; evidence of customer satisfaction is anecdotal; and there’s still no guarantee that the young “invincibles,” who must make up 20 percent to 30 percent of the pool to make the exchanges work, will actually enroll. [snip]
But right now, it’s not clear that the administration will be able to get enough young and healthy people to sign up for insurance through the exchanges to make the program work, and the piece of the law designed to drive those folks into the insurance market — a tax for non-compliance under the individual mandate — is becoming politically untenable even for some Democrats.
The new market rules in Obamacare take effect in January — blocking plans from charging people with pre-existing conditions more than the healthy and charging women more than men, and limiting how much more older people can be charged than younger ones.
Supporters say the new rules will make the market more fair, opening it up to people with pre-existing conditions and eliminating discrimination based on gender. But the changes come at a price.
Americans are subject to ObaminationCare “sticker shock” because Big Media lied to the people in order to protect Barack Obama. Americans are not informed about ObaminationCare because of Barack Obama’s lies and Big Media complicity in those lies. Big Media did not tell Americans the truth when it mattered and now Americans are feeling the whip and seeing the consequences of truth suppression:
“Some consumers who don’t have insurance are just finding out now that the fine will pale in comparison to the hundreds of dollars a month they would have to pay to buy coverage and deductible thresholds in the thousands of dollars. And others are discovering that they make too much money to qualify for subsidies.
“There’s been a whole lot of emphasis on what’s going on with the website, but there’s been a lot less on the people who aren’t going to get subsides,” said Jennifer Beason, an insurance broker in the Atlanta area. “Their rates are going through the roof.”
Then there are consumers who simply believe it’s unfair to make them pay a tax for not buying insurance on a website that doesn’t work. [snip]
In fact, all of these things weigh against what’s the ultimate measure of the success of the law: Can the administration enroll an estimated 7 million people by the end of March — and will they be the right mix of young healthy folks and older sicker types?
Before the exchanges launched, insurers made predictions on enrollment, and priced their premiums accordingly. Low enrollment, or a disproportionately large number of sickly people, would be devastating.“
It’s not just ObaminationCare that’s devastating. Certain potential candidates for president in 2016 should watch what those with a survival instinct are doing – run away!:
“The Democratic senators facing the toughest re-election bids next year — Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mark Begich (Alaska), and Kay Hagan (N.C.) — all signed onto a letter that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week asking that the open enrollment period be extended beyond March 31, 2014.
And a handful of Democratic lawmakers and candidates — including Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Georgia and the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn — have called for putting off the tax levied on those who do not sign up.
Delaying both the requirement that Americans carry insurance and the financial penalty for not complying with that mandate, which are central elements of Obamacare’s push to provide health insurance for millions of currently uninsured Americans, could be a death knell for the program. [snip]
But it may only be a matter of time before constituents force their hands.
Despite assurances from the White House, insurers are sending out cancellation notices by the tens of thousands in states around the country. [snip]
The few people who made it through the website are seeing their options for the first time, and some are not happy about what they’re seeing. Those with lower incomes are eligible for substantial subsidies, but middle income folks making 400 percent of poverty or more don’t get a thing, and the new insurance market rules are driving their premiums way up — in some cases doubling them, or more.
An important part of the rollout was going to be highlighting Obamacare success stories — focusing on, for instance, single mom-cancer survivors who were priced out of the market before but now are in. But despite an aggressive “storyboarding” operation, the administration and allied groups have not been able to feature many of these people, in part because relatively few folks are getting through to sign up in the first place.”
There are more cancellations of heath care policies than sign ups for ObaminationCare, not merely “tens of thousands” like Politico writes. About 16 million Americans will be forced out of their health plans by ObaminationCare.
The obvious truth is that anyone interested in the obvious truth knew that ObaminationCare would devastate the health plans of millions of Americans. But the courtier press, the prostitute Big Media, protected Obama. Obama lied, Big Media complied. Today there was a Question for Jay Carney: Didn’t Obama lie when he told people, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”?
Barack Obama lied, and when it mattered, before the 2012 elections, Big Media complied. Now Big Media is doing the job that should have been done, before the 2012 elections (and preferably before the 2008 elections). Even Obama protection mercenary NBC is letting out the truth via Lisa Myers:
“Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.
Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”
Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”
That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.
Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”
“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.”
ObaminationCare supporters, according to the Politico article we excerpted above, intended to exploit pitiful Americans supposedly helped by ObaminationCare as part of their glorious rollout of ObaminationCare. But they have not been able to do so. Yet even NBC News is able to locate, like grains of sand on the seashore, Americans hurt by ObaminationCare:
“George Schwab, 62, of North Carolina, said he was “perfectly happy” with his plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which also insured his wife for a $228 monthly premium. But this past September, he was surprised to receive a letter saying his policy was no longer available. The “comparable” plan the insurance company offered him carried a $1,208 monthly premium and a $5,500 deductible.
And the best option he’s found on the exchange so far offered a 415 percent jump in premium, to $948 a month.
“The deductible is less,” he said, “But the plan doesn’t meet my needs. Its unaffordable.”
“I’m sitting here looking at this, thinking we ought to just pay the fine and just get insurance when we’re sick,” Schwab added. “Everybody’s worried about whether the website works or not, but that’s fixable. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. This stuff isn’t fixable.”
Heather Goldwater, 38, of South Carolina, is raising a new baby while running her own PR firm. She said she received a letter last July from Cigna, her insurance company, that said the company would no longer offer her individual plan, and promised to send a letter by October offering a comparable option. So far, she hasn’t received anything. [snip]
Richard Helgren, a Lansing, Mich., retiree, said he was “irate” when he received a letter informing him that his wife Amy’s $559 a month health plan was being changed because of the law. The plan the insurer offered raised his deductible from $0 to $2,500, and the company gave him 17 days to decide. [snip]
For months, Laszewski has warned that some consumers will face sticker shock. He recently got his own notice that he and his wife cannot keep their current policy, which he described as one of the best, so-called “Cadillac” plans offered for 2013. Now, he said, the best comparable plan he found for 2014 has a smaller doctor network, larger out-of-pocket costs, and a 66 percent premium increase.
“Mr. President, I like the coverage I have,” Laszweski said. “It is the best health insurance policy you can buy.”
Yeah, even NBC consultants like Laszewski are calling out Barack.
Jan Crawford of CBS News has been one of the honest reporters regarding ObaminationCare. Crawford’s level of honest continues to be a shock to critics of Big Media. The latest from CBS: Millions of cancellations and skyrocketing costs the big problem of ObamaCare:
The ObaminationCare website is a red flag of more Obaminations to come. American anger will only grow as month by month by month by month by month by month checks have to be written as money is extorted by ObaminationCare. Wise candidates will listen to the American people and oppose ObaminationCare.