Betsy McCaughey, a health care expert and a vigorous opponent of Obamacare from the beginning, said that the original cost projections of the plan were "a shell game" and that the CBO's revised report "inches closer to the truth."
This perennially defiant and Alinskyite administration didn't back up at all with these new figures. Jeanne Lambrew, deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform, said on the White House blog, "The bottom line is clear: the Affordable Care Act will reduce our deficit, control health costs, and make health care more affordable." Lambrew quoted a pair of consulting firms that said Obamacare would not result in employers dropping their insurance coverage, which is not only untrue but brings us to another major blow Obamacare suffered this week.
The recently released Health Care Reform Survey 2011-2012 of the Willis Group reports, "Survey respondents indicate that into the second year of Health Care Reform implementation, less than 30 percent of employers were able to maintain grandfathered status of their health care plans."
Did you hear that? It's not quite what the White House propaganda blog is telling us. According to Willis, the "rapid loss of grandfathered status far outpaces The Department of Health & Human Services' expectations." The department projected that 78 percent of employers would retain their grandfathered status by the end of 2011, that 62 percent would by the end of 2012 and that 49 percent would by the end of 2013.
Opponents warned this would happen, and disingenuous supporters of the bill ridiculed their warnings as partisan fear-mongering. But the facts are sometimes a disturbing inconvenience. Willis says that the accelerated loss of grandfathered status "suggests that employers have had to make many plan changes to offset cost increases," and employers have likely chosen to forfeit their grandfathered status to control costs.
These are purely scandalous developments, and as one of my friends remarked, in saner times this would spell Obama's political end. Indeed, it would guarantee a Democratic primary challenge.
It would have been bad enough had Obama told us he was hellbent on establishing socialized medicine, even if it would cost the country more and result in people's losing their choice of plans. But he didn't, and he ought to be held to account -- politically -- for his duplicity.
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