Pelosi: I Never Met ‘Anybody Who Liked His or Her Plan’


pelosi-gregory-1Asked whether she needed to apologize to the formerly insured who have lost their health insurance plans, former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, “Did I ever tell my constituents that if they liked their plan they could keep it? I would have if I’d ever met anybody who liked his or her plan. But that was not my experience.”

Pelosi, whose net worth — combined with her husband’s — is estimated between $35 and $180 million, never “met anybody who liked his or her plan”? Her out-of-touch comment reminds one of then-New Yorker film critic, liberal Pauline Kael. In 1972, after Republican Richard Nixon crushed Democrat George McGovern, 49 states to one, a shell-shocked Kael said, “Nobody I know voted for Nixon.”

Pelosi’s world is that of rich people and government workers whose health care plans are better than those of their counterparts in the private sector. How would she know that, according to a pre-Obamacare ABC News-Kaiser Family Foundation-USA Today survey, “88 percent of the insured rate their coverage as excellent or good” and “89 percent are satisfied with the quality of care they receive”?

Ms. Pelosi, meet Kristen Powers, Fox News analyst and a Democratic strategist. After her policy was canceled and her premiums doubled, Powers said: “My blood pressure goes up every time they say that they’re protecting us from substandard health insurance plans, because there is nothing to support what they’re saying. … I am losing my health insurance. … If I want to keep the same health insurance, it’s going to cost twice as much. There’s nothing substandard about my plan.

“All of the things they say that are not in my plan are in my plan, all of the things they have listed. There’s no explanation for the doubling of my premiums other than the fact that it’s subsidizing other people. They need to be honest about that, that that’s the reason they don’t want to change it.

“It’s because they’re basically taking the people who are responsible enough to get health insurance in the individual market and asking them to subsidize other people. So they’re taking young healthy people and asking them to subsidize other people.” Well, “shared sacrifice” — that’s the whole point behind Obamacare, isn’t it?

Democrats flat-out despise insurance companies. They’ve been called “immoral villains” (Pelosi), “deceptive and dishonest” (President Barack Obama), “fly-by-night” (former Gov. and DNC chair Howard Dean), “rapacious” (Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.) and “greedy” (Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.).

Are health insurance companies any greedier than any other for-profit sector of the economy? In 2009, before Obamacare, profit margins for the network and communications equipment industry averaged 20.4 percent; Internet services and retailing was 19.4 percent; pharmaceuticals averaged 19.3 percent; railroads 12.6 percent; gas and electric utilities 8.7 percent; and food consumer products 6.7 percent. Health insurance and managed care companies? They averaged 2.2 percent.

Follow the money.

Of the political contributions by the, say, communications/electronic industry in 2012, $94.6 million went to Democrats, and $55.7 million to Republicans. But from 1990 to the current 2014 cycle, according to OpenSecrets.org, insurance companies gave 63 percent of their political donations to Republicans versus 37 percent to Democrats.

Obamacare is now more unpopular than ever, in large part because of broken promises. At the televised health care summit in February 2010, just before passage of Obamacare, then-Minority Whip Eric Cantor predicted millions would lose their coverage. He had the following exchange with the President:

Cantor: I don’t think you can answer the question in the positive to say that people will be able to maintain their coverage, people will be able to see the doctors they want, in the kind of bill that you are proposing.

Obama: “The 8 to 9 million people that you refer to, that might have to change their coverage … would find the deal in the exchange better.” Yet Obama still publicly assured people that “no one” would take away their policy, if they liked it.

Finally, Obama still gets a pass on a tale he repeatedly told to sell Obamacare. How many times did we hear that Obama’s mom, dying of cancer, had to fight with her carriers to pay her medical and hospital bills? The story, crucial to humanizing the fight, turns out to be bogus. According to a book by an ex-New York Times reporter, the sole dispute was between Obama’s mother and an insurance company over a disability policy his mother had taken out. The insurance company said she’d had a pre-existing condition when she applied for that policy. But her medical bills — and this is what Obama insisted they fought over — were in fact paid by her health care insurer, directly and without dispute.

Yes, our health care system “suffers.” But it suffers from a lack of free markets. The antidote is more competition — reducing barriers to entry, health savings accounts, giving individuals the same health care tax breaks as given to business, competition across state lines, and for tough cases, charity.

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  • Hank Rearden

    If you had/have health care insurance with any one of the biggies, you have been treated well. Empire Blue Cross kept paying my bills without a peep and they were enormous. This statement by the Obamacarers that as soon as you get sick, your policy is cancelled could not be a greater calumny. Also, insurance companies ride herd on hospitals because to some extent it is THEIR money that is being spent. Anybody who has seen a hospital bill before and after the insurance companies have wrung it out has seen what happens. Doubtless, the pre-insurance bill is puffed up, but the larger point holds. Insurance companies know what a service should cost and they hold the hospitals to it or cancel their contract with them.

    And while the individual may be somewhat naive, group policies are bought by administrators who look at the various benefits and costs of insurers.

    No system is perfect but it is simply absurd to say that the giovernment is going to do a better job than that. On some things the government can be EFFECTIVE; it is NEVER efficient. We saw that with the Soviet Union. It was able to put men in space and build some pretty good fighters and tanks. But that exhausted the entire country – effective but not efficient.

    And in the end, do you want Nancy Pelosi or Lois Lerner deciding whether you get health care or not?

  • v

    In all likelyhood, by her statement, which is representative of all the garbage coming out of her mouth, she is then either a recluse, does not know anyone, has no friends or does not talk to anyone. To make such a statement is not only stupid but ignorant as well.

  • v

    In all likelyhood, by her statement, which is representative of all the garbage coming out of her mouth, she is then either a recluse, does not know anyone, has no friends or does not talk to anyone. To make such a statement is not only stupid but ignorant as well.

    • nomoretraitors

      the problem is she’s surrounded by fellow left-wing nutcases in SF

  • steven plaut

    Well, if you define “liking your plan” in a manner similar to “liking your salary,” it would just mean the liking person paid zero for his plan and had an infinite salary.

  • steven plaut

    Well, if you define “liking your plan” in a manner similar to “liking your salary,” it would just mean the liking person paid zero for his plan and had an infinite salary.

  • nomoretraitors

    I never met anybody who liked Nancy Pelosi

  • nomoretraitors

    I never met anybody who liked Nancy Pelosi

    • JDinSTL

      Stretch

  • nomoretraitors

    the problem is she’s surrounded by fellow left-wing nutcases in SF

  • TienBing

    This woman is a complete loon.

  • TienBing

    This woman is a complete loon.

  • Sgt Maj

    Nancy Botox is delusional and way beyond her limit of effectiveness.
    She’d make a perfect hostess at Burger King cleaning tables.
    Anything beyond that is too difficult for her.
    That tells us about voters in San Francisco and their ability to destroy America by sending loony tunes to Congress.

  • Sgt Maj

    Nancy Botox is delusional and way beyond her limit of effectiveness.
    She’d make a perfect hostess at Burger King cleaning tables.
    Anything beyond that is too difficult for her.
    That tells us about voters in San Francisco and their ability to destroy America by sending loony tunes to Congress.

  • tagalog

    For my own part, I’ve had private-pay health insurance and I’ve had employee health insurance. I’ve also been a covered person under my spouse’s employee health insurance plan. I’ve been happy with them all, have made sizeable claims under each one, and have been well-satisfied with the coverage.

    Now, I’m on Medicare. Now THAT one I don’t like. Doctors won’t accept Medicare patients unless they treated them earlier in life when they were covered by some private or employer plan. As a result, I’m a bit leery of the doctors who WILL accept Medicare patients: are they less-able doctors who are desperate for patients?

  • tagalog

    For my own part, I’ve had private-pay health insurance and I’ve had employee health insurance. I’ve also been a covered person under my spouse’s employee health insurance plan. I’ve been happy with them all, have made sizeable claims under each one, and have been well-satisfied with the coverage.

    Now, I’m on Medicare. Now THAT one I don’t like. Doctors won’t accept Medicare patients unless they treated them earlier in life when they were covered by some private or employer plan. As a result, I’m a bit leery of the doctors who WILL accept Medicare patients: are they less able doctors who are desperate for patients?

  • ReasonOverStupidity

    I’m starting to thing that we should just sell San Francisco to a country more aligned to the views of its citizens. How about North Korea?

    We’d all be better off!

  • ReasonOverStupidity

    I’m starting to thing that we should just sell San Francisco to a country more aligned to the views of its citizens. How about North Korea?

    We’d all be better off!

  • Demetrius Minneapolis

    Lying bit**.

  • Demetrius Minneapolis

    Lying bit**.

  • Kim

    It should be no surprise the San Francisco electorate would keep her in office. She continually votes according to her constituency but demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of even the most basic issues. Either she’s
    incredibly stupid (delusional) and/or calculating and all that makes her all
    the more dangerous.

  • Kim

    It should be no surprise the San Francisco electorate would keep her in office. She continually votes according to her constituency but demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of even the most basic issues. Either she’s
    incredibly stupid (delusional) and/or calculating and all that makes her all
    the more dangerous.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Did she ask her precocious grandchild?

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Did she ask her precocious grandchild?

  • glpage

    I believe it when Pelosi says she never met anyone who liked their existing health care plan. And I would be willing bet that she has never asked anyone if they liked their existing health care plan. When it comes to attempting to socialize our system the woman is a fount of moronic sayings.

  • glpage

    I believe it when Pelosi says she never met anyone who liked their existing health care plan. And I would be willing bet that she has never asked anyone if they liked their existing health care plan. When it comes to attempting to socialize our system the woman is a fount of moronic sayings.

  • pupsncats

    What people ignore is the fact insurance providers are businesses and businesses don’t exist to provide completely free services or products to people. But this is what Obamacare expects of health insurance companies.

    For example, they must comply with the mandate of Obamacare that forces them to pay huge payouts to people with pre-existing conditions who didn’t contribute a dime towards a policy prior to Obamacare. Can you imagine if Obama told automobile insurance carriers they had to cover people who had accidents without being insured at the time of the accident? (Maybe that will be his next big idea.)

    So what is a common sense thing for the insurance carriers to do? Increase the premiums for all policyholders to help defray the huge new costs of paying for health care for those with pre-existing conditions, cancel some policies that, combined with all the other mandates of Obamacare, make those policies simply not profitable, or simply not issue policies at all.

  • pupsncats

    What people ignore is the fact insurance providers are businesses and businesses don’t exist to provide completely free services or products to people. But this is what Obamacare expects of health insurance companies.

    For example, they must comply with the mandate of Obamacare that forces them to pay huge payouts to people with pre-existing conditions who didn’t contribute a dime towards a policy prior to Obamacare. Can you imagine if Obama told automobile insurance carriers they had to cover people who had accidents without being insured at the time of the accident? (Maybe that will be his next big idea.)

    So what is a common sense thing for the insurance carriers to do? Increase the premiums for all policyholders to help defray the huge new costs of paying for health care for those with pre-existing conditions, cancel some policies that, combined with all the other mandates of Obamacare, make those policies simply not profitable, or simply not issue policies at all.

  • ratamacue76

    Do we need any more proof than Pelosi’s drivel that Botox has a negative effect on the thinking process?

  • ratamacue76

    Do we need any more proof than Pelosi’s drivel that Botox has a negative effect on the thinking process?

  • johnnywood

    Everyone should have known Obummer was lying since his lips were moving. As for Piglosi, I think the botox has finally destroyed what little brains she had. Just think about it, We have a Community Organizer for president and a beauty contestant for House Democrap leader. No wonder we are in such a mess.

  • johnnywood

    Everyone should have known Obummer was lying since his lips were moving. As for Piglosi, I think the botox has finally destroyed what little brains she had. Just think about it, We have a Community Organizer for president and a beauty contestant for House Democrap leader. No wonder we are in such a mess.

  • tkondaks

    Larry writes:

    “Yes, our health care system “suffers.” But it suffers from a lack of free markets. The antidote is more competition…”

    Finally! Someone on the conservative/libertarian side who acknowledges that there really isn’t a “free market” in health care, even before Obamacare. Conservatives love to tout free markets…but when was the last time you heard any of them advocate for the breaking of the monopoly imposed upon health care by the AMA?

  • tkondaks

    Larry writes:

    “Yes, our health care system “suffers.” But it suffers from a lack of free markets. The antidote is more competition…”

    Finally! Someone on the conservative/libertarian side who acknowledges that there really isn’t a “free market” in health care, even before Obamacare. Conservatives love to tout free markets…but when was the last time you heard any of them advocate for the breaking of the monopoly imposed upon health care by the AMA?

  • ziggy zoggy

    I’ve never met any Pelosi supporters that are sane or intelligent. Except for the select few she’s helping to enrich through graft.

  • ziggy zoggy

    I’ve never met any Pelosi supporters that are sane or intelligent. Except for the select few she’s helping to enrich through graft.

  • JDinSTL

    Stretch

  • Lanna

    You know this simply is not true….millions of Americans were very satisfied with their provider, plan, and doctor, America had the best healthcare in the world, that’s why many people from other nations came here, for the quality of doctors, treatments, and availablility to be administered to without a long wait. These Democrats are Socialists who want to control Americans, not make their lives better, its all about self, agenda, and hatred of Freedom!

  • Lanna

    You know this simply is not true….millions of Americans were very satisfied with their provider, plan, and doctor, America had the best healthcare in the world, that’s why many people from other nations came here, for the quality of doctors, treatments, and availablility to be administered to without a long wait. These Democrats are Socialists who want to control Americans, not make their lives better, its all about self, agenda, and hatred of Freedom!

  • billy bob

    How does she get all that botox into just one face?

  • billy bob

    How does she get all that botox into just one face?

  • dusel1

    Pelosi never met a plastic surgeon that she didn’t like.

  • dusel1

    Pelosi never met a plastic surgeon that she didn’t like.

  • 76Ag

    Lunatic liar.

  • jaazee

    Americans have been working their butts off to earn a living, house and feed their families, and allowed our government to be taken over by political opportunists, ideologues, and those who would transform America into a “one size fits all” banana Republic. And that’s something our enemies would not allow long term.

    Liberals are destroying our military as we watch Sunday sporting events. And they actually know, or could know if they wanted, what show you are watching,, if you made that “weekly call’ to mom, or just charged a pizza delivery.

    We don’t know our government, but they know everything about us!
    Is that the Republic the Founders prayed would come from their sacrifices?