Obama Lied, Healthcare Coverage Died

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


obcrAlthough federal officials have known for at least three years that Obamacare would cause millions of Americans to lose health insurance coverage, that didn’t stop President Obama from lying repeatedly, reassuring voters the law would not adversely impact their existing coverage.

In an uncharacteristically media-savvy move aimed at capitalizing on current affairs, Republicans compiled a list of 13 Democrats –including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)– who deceived voters by obediently repeating Obama’s lies.

Providing another ground for impeachment to pile on to the growing list of Obama’s high crimes and misdemeanors, NBC News reported that four sources “deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act” said 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.”

Many of those required to buy more expensive new policies will experience “sticker shock,” the sources said.

The administration generated an estimate in July 2010 that stated “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,” according to NBC.

But President Obama, who said the year before, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still promising in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

For years President Obama has told the public over and over again that after Obamacare took effect, those who were satisfied with their current health coverage would be able to keep it. Obama’s constant reassurances anesthetized skeptical voters, downplaying the government takeover of the healthcare system. The president told Americans their health care premiums would fall $2,500 per year and they would retain their choice of medical providers. Many Americans, especially on the Left, projected their own fantasies onto Obamacare, and are only now beginning to realize that Obamacare isn’t actually a cost-free program that causes free health care to fall from the sky.

The 2010 estimate demonstrates 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 consultant Robert Laszewski of Health Policy and Strategy Associates. He says 80 percent of those in the individual market will be forced out of current policies and be compelled to purchase insurance that complies with the Obamacare statute, which mandates expensive benefits.

Meanwhile, it turns out that the company of First Lady Michelle Obama’s college friend received a no-bid contract to construct the malfunctioning Obamacare website. As the Daily Caller reports,

“Toni Townes-Whitley, who worked alongside her classmate Michelle Obama in multiple Princeton University student groups, became senior vice president of CGI Federal in May 2010. CGI was the only eligible company considered for the contract to build the disastrous HealthCare.Gov Obamacare enrollment site … Townes-Whitley maintained her relationship with the first couple after joining CGI, even enjoying ‘Christmas with the Obamas’ at the White House in 2010.”

CGI Federal Inc., the primary contractor on the joke of a website, also screwed up a Canadian-taxpayer funded project, a federal gun registry. The Canadian government canceled the company’s contract in 2007 after that country’s Auditor General determined that the Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) being built by CGI was “significantly over budget” and was repeatedly delayed.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration won’t say how many people have actually enrolled in the exchanges.

The administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Marilyn Tavenner, repeatedly refused to give a straight answer to a congressional committee about how many Americans have signed up with the exchanges.

“We’ll have that information available for you in mid-November,” Tavenner said under questioning from House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.). Tavenner confirmed that CMS is aiming for 7 million enrollees by March 31 next year.

The bungled roll-out lends some credibility to the theory that Obamacare was designed to fail in order to clear the way for what the Left really wants: a one-size-fits-all single payer scheme that feeds the insatiable leftist fetish of equality — equally bad healthcare for all.

CMS’s Tavenner and Democratic lawmakers are already blaming insurance companies, instead of the true culprit, government policy, for the recent nationwide tsunami of Obamacare-related insurance policy cancellations.

Left-wingers are becoming downright kooky in their desperate efforts to explain away the Obama administration’s roll-out failures.

Washington Post conspiracy theorist Ezra Klein, the creator of the “Journolist” propaganda machine, blames Republicans for participating in a make-believe campaign to do “everything possible to sabotage” Obamacare. The GOP’s “plan to undermine the law worked too well,” Klein pontificates.

Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) flew out of his chair yesterday during a congressional hearing about the Affordable Care Act’s bungled launch. Pascrell accused Republicans of making up problems with Obamacare in order to justify repealing it.

Sixties civil rights protester John Lewis, now an undistinguished garden-variety socialist Democrat serving in the House of Representatives, played the racism card. Comfortably ensconced in a safe Atlanta, Ga., congressional district that would elect and reelect until the end of time anyone with a “D” after his or her name, Lewis said yesterday that Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare remind him

“of another period in our history. Not so long ago during the 50s, many Southern senators signed a Southern Manifesto after the [Brown v. Board of Education] Supreme Court decision of 1954. And those senators — along with many Southern governors — subscribed to the doctrine of interposition and notification and some even massive resistance.”

 “That’s what we saw on the part of the Republican members of the House and some of the Republicans in the Senate,” he said of GOP attempts to strip away funding for Obamacare. Lewis conveniently ignored the fact that the 1956 manifesto of which he spoke, a document that opposed the racial integration that the high court cleared the way for, was signed by 99 politicians, 97 of whom were Democrats.

Of course, Lewis likes to lie in order to advance causes he supports. In March 2010 Lewis and Congressman Andre Carson (D-Ind.) falsely claimed Tea Party supporters hurled the N-word at them as they walked past an anti-Obamacare rally outside the U.S. Capitol in March 2010. (Carson, a black Muslim who wants U.S. schools turned into Islamic madrassas, also told a black audience that Tea Party supporters wanted to see “you and me hanging on a tree.”)

The intellectually mediocre Clarence Page embraces Obama’s self-serving explanation that the problems surfacing with Obamacare are the products of mere technological glitches rather than terrifying foreshadowings of the amply documented lethality of government-run healthcare.

The economically illiterate columnist shrugs that Obamacare may not be to blame for recent increases in insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-payments. “[A]fter decades of rising rates and reduced benefits, as well as rising health care costs, it’s hard to tell how much of the increase would have happened anyway.”

Even though the exchanges are artificial government-created cartels that have nothing to do with free markets, Page deludes himself into believing that Obamacare “opens up competition that … will reduce the increases in cost.” As the Jan. 1 deadline approaches for Obamacare coverage to take effect, “the law, like the federal website, needs more work,” he writes. No matter how awful the rollout may be, Obamacare is still “worth the effort,” according to the Obama lapdog.

No failure, no mountains of evidence, no body count, will ever be enough to convince left-wing true believers like Clarence Page that socialist healthcare is a bad idea.

The Left will continue rationalizing away the failures of Obama and Obamacare no matter how damning the evidence that emerges.

And Barack Obama will continue to be a saintly figure in their eyes as he gets away with  murder.

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  • Look2Liberty

    When they fix the Obamacare website, uninsured Americans will gain quicker access to sticker shock. That should accelerate political blow back. The leftists appear shocked, shocked, to discover that central planning can’t deliver a better product at a lower price.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “The leftists appear shocked, shocked, to discover that central planning can’t deliver a better product at a lower price.”

      Maybe we should have warned them.

    • DownTurn

      The left’s goal isnt having everybody get a better product at a lower price.

      The left’s goal is having everybody get the same product at the same price.

      • Look 2 Liberty

        Truth be told, the left wants everyone (except the elites) to get the same product, but at either a low subsidized price, or at a retail times three price, dependent on how fortunate one might happen to be.

      • Gee

        So that is why they have so many different levels? And the price and coverage is based upon age. So your claims are total nonsense.

        Many Americans in their 50s do not need prenatal care, but that is what they are stuck with when morons have a ‘one size fits all’

    • MLCBLOG

      If they can think that clearly.

    • Ellman48

      It took the Communists in the Soviet Union over 70 years before they saw the inevitable collapse of their dastardly political system. Hopefully it won’t take us that long. Consider Egypt. It only took Egyptians one year to figure out that Morsi wanted to control their lives and abolish their freedoms overnight. We’ve had Obama for 5 years and about half of the population has not even come close to understanding him or his true agenda: implementing George Orwell’s dystopia described in his book ’1984′.

  • Renegade28

    ACA has better coverage than many current policies offer. Mental health for one. Everybody deserves to have some form of health care insurance.

    • canalway

      You said : ACA has better coverage than many current policies offer. Mental health for one.

      That you can add 30 million uninsured people to the health care system, that you can add 30 million who can’t afford insurance or don’t want to buy it, all payed by tax payers and it winding up saving money and costing less as the president promised then you live in denial. When you try to live out a lie like this you DO have a mental disorder . Maybe you need a mental health checkup.

    • Umustpayformebecauseisayso

      Everybody deserves the right to keep and bear arms too. I’m sure you’d be happy to pay for my shotgun, Renegade. Oh, what’s that you say? The right to have something is not the same thing as the right to have someone else pay for it. OK, thanks.

    • cheechakos

      “Everybody deserves”
      How do you determine this? You deserve nothing. It is not tax payers job to pay for people who they think they deserve something for nothing.
      Obamacare has provisions for people who have EARNED NOTHING.
      People deserve freedom of choice and to keep the money they work for.

    • iluvisrael

      right – and everyone deserves a house even though he can’t afford it and throw in a nice obama phone too

    • Gee

      And if they don’t need it – they are forced to pay for it anyway.

      Maybe you should have some freedoms in America

      • Dennis x

        That would be great except that when they ( those without insurance) need medical care it’s all of us that pay.

        • Gee

          I do not care for Nanny States. The federal government’s job is to protect Americans from foreigner attackers. Nothing more.

          They are not an insurance company, they are not a health care company, they are not educators. etc.

          • Softly Bob

            I agree, but they are not even protecting the nation from foreign attackers. They are simply funding them and letting them in!

    • JamesJ

      Good comrade, good comrade

    • glpage

      It would be very nice if everyone could have health insurance. However, no where in the Constitution does it say I have to subsidize other people.

    • JacksonPearson

      “Everybody deserves to have some form of health care insurance.”
      Yur right:

      • MLCBLOG

        nice pix

    • J.

      Though they may seem that way….your coverage will rise each year. As for the people who can’t afford or don’t have job that provide insurance they’ll be fined, which will also rise annually. It essentially just a big forced tax on the middle class with the select few exempted. It’s also another way for the government to control your life via healthcare records or regulations, imagine forced vaccines that you don’t need, or forced abortions….None the less he’s trying to destroy America subverting the system to a socialist utopia.

      • Karen

        That’s where we are headed but this is nothing new. The Bible spoke about this years and years ago in the book of Revelation. Very soon the anti-Christ will take over the world and a New World Order will be ushered in. Read the book of Revelation to be informed of what’s coming. It’s not pleasant at all. I’m glad I won’t be here for it because I am going with Jesus when He returns in the clouds to take His followers to heaven. I am sorry for all those left behind. It is going to be the worst time to live. You don’t want to be here. You want to go with Jesus when He returns. http://voices.yahoo.com/millions-people-missing-jesus-christ-has-returned-5003316.html?cat=34

        • J.

          Thanks for sharing Karen, I know that as I too am struggling to follow the Lord. But know this don’t be disappointed if you don’t get raptured. As many will suffer and many Christians will die when the Anti-Christ is unleashed.

  • The March Hare

    “[A]fter decades of rising rates and reduced benefits, as well as rising health care costs, it’s hard to tell how much of the increase would have happened anyway.”

    For decades, medical costs have been going up, but much of it has been from government meddling with regulations, demanding more and more benefits, restricted competition and run away law suits with almost every bit of it attributed to the leftists.

    • CowboyUp

      According to the democrat party, it was supposed to reduce premiums by several thousand dollars, so they were completely wrong any way they want to parse it.
      Trial lawyers give big, and overwhelmingly to the democrat party. They even ran one for VP, Sen. John Edwards, who made his fortune running obstetricians out of North Carolina.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Obama clearly lied. His campaign statements were his “read my lips” moment. There were no qualifiers as his supporters are now trying to argue. It was a clear statement that regardless of the new options, you could keep your current options. Obama clearly lied as even his supporters are now saying “but he was clearly creating new standards which old policies can’t meet.” If it was clear, he lied.

    • Nabuquduriuzhur

      “Read my lips” is not appropriate. Bush 41 couldn’t have known that Tip O’neil and Kerry would put a tax increase over world stability. A lie is when you say something that you know is untrue. As such, it doesn’t fit.

      I wrote about the matter in National Wave of Foolishness :

      “A lie is telling something you know to be untrue at the time you say it. G.H.W. Bush ultimately was forced to break a promise, in order to save another nation and ultimately, world stability. Saudi Arabia would have been the next target after Kuwait. It’s still an unanswered question as to why Saddam didn’t immediately attack Saudi Arabia. Dictators like Saddam never stop once they successfully invade a country. Bush’s broken promise was a bad thing, but would it have been necessary if Congress had not placed more value on tax money than on lives?

      Seriously, what abominable Sh*******s… playing politics when the world’s oil supply and possibly global war were at stake. War with us over the oilfields could have kept the Soviet Union together for some years more. It would have given the Communists something to rally their people around to keep the Soviet Empire together. Imagine if the Soviets and MAD were still around today. That’s what the S*******d Democrats of the Congress were playing with! Domestically, they had the chutzpah to complain when the economy slowed down as a result of their tax increase and deliberately “talking down the economy” into a recession.

      S*******s does indeed fit such evil-doers quite well, doesn’t it?”

  • davarino

    So the left has a crystal ball now and can correctly see into the future and determine what the healthcare premiums would have been without ACA. And we are supposed to believe this when the left has no understanding of how economics works in the first place. It doesnt make sense to them that health insurance would be more expensive if it is expected to cover more. And McDonalds wont have to raise prices if they are expected to pay their employees $20 an hour, because money majically comes from nowhere. Well, I guess in the case of the federal government, money does come from nowhere. Thats why Obama has doubled the debt in his short little stint in Washington.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Vadum has to be more careful about the “sticker shock” claim. The Manhattan Institute has done a study and they found that in some states insurance rates will go up but in other they will go down. Why? Obamacare puts new standards that mandate increase insurance in some states but in heavily regulated states the new standards are actually less comprehensive as the old.

    I live in New York state and we already had government mandated policies that were very costly. In many counties monthly premiums will come down.

    There is another reason some people will see lower premiums. My premium will be cut in half (but there is now only one company that offers the policy at the moment). This is largely due to the fact that I’m 62 and young people will get hikes to subsidize my health care. This is a grave injustice which I vehemently oppose. I obviously should pay more than a 30 year old (unless I was offered and accepted a “term policy” when I was younger that locked in a rate.)

    Of course we all know that the costs will rise due to the coverage for pre-existing conditions, among other things.

    • wildjew

      The all-important point of this piece is that Obama “repeatedly lied” to the nation. He is a liar. I watched Bill O’Reilly last night. O’Reilly cannot bring himself to say Obama lied much less Obama is a liar.

      • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

        Just heard the local ABC news noontime report. The anchor point edout that Obama lied about “keeping your health care plan.” The story is in the MSM. We’re getting the word out.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    Of course, he lied. He lies about everything. His whole life is a lie. The tragedy is that too many Americans lie to themselves about him and everybody suffers.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    As I write this Democrats in the House are on the offensive, but Wall Street Journal lead editorial highly critical of their liberal paternalism.

  • Mo86

    I really thought once the consequences of Obamacare began to hit people where they live, they’d see how rotten it is. Silly me.

    I had one person tell me their hours were cut, in direct response to the insurance issue. (This is a very intelligent person who I never would’ve dreamed could ever become an Obama worshiper.) I said, “Welcome to Obamacare!”

    They told me it wasn’t Obamacare’s fault. It’s the fault of “greedy corporations”.

    No matter how much evidence or consequences people personally experience, the Obama cult goes on.

    I”m at a loss.

    • laura

      a cult is a cult. looking for daddy.

    • MLCBLOG

      Right. They and the complicit news media are going to blame it on the insurance companies. Watch.

      • AKBA

        They already are.

    • archangelassistant

      The Obama cult is beyond the truth as they have been delusionalised by our most high God to where they believe lies instead of truths and where right is really wrong. Almighty God the Father is not tolerating these people any longer that destroy his creation which is the United States of America and he has sealed them in this state of mind and deeds so they are for sure doomed for destruction, the pity is that we must live among these derelicts and wait for our redemption and rescue from God. Accept Jesus into your hearts as we are living lives similar to the days on Noah when God destroyed the earth with a flood, this time it will be by fire and our God never ever fails and never will….

  • WW4

    As a lame duck, the charge that Obama lied about healthcare is merely preaching to the choir. Obamacare “solves” a few issues. Main one is providing insurance to people with pre-existing conditions when they’d been priced out of the market (effectively denied, or denied outright). So rest assured come the next few election cycles democrats will have as many success stories as republicans have horror stories about the ACA. Democrats will be able to point to the people who were not covered before and are covered now.

    Here’s what the ACA does not do: solve the most important problem–how much things cost. It also has a host of attendant problems (real ones, not minor website glitches). I don’t think people paying higher rates is something to hang your hat on, because I think that was a long time coming, anyway, and also because some people’s rates actually will go down. Sticker shock is an issue but not a big political winner. For me, the worst part is the cost of the ACA to the taxpayer after we’ve been overspending for 20 years, baby boom retirements starting to have their effect, in a weak economic climate in general (with predictions of another crash within a few years). And then the effect that the ACA implementation has on businesses.

    Republicans need to come up with an answer beyond simple repeal of the ACA. It needs to be a Big Idea, and the numbers need to make sense. People at that point will be much more aware of their costs than they have been.

  • shmo123

    There is nothing surprising in any of this. Obama’s whole life has been a lie, and that’s the reason his past is locked up. I can’t help feeling a certain sense of schadenfreude at seeing Icarus come crashing down to earth.

  • Lanna

    Looks like the MSM is no longer covering up his lies…He knew about people loosing their healthcare providers and doctors since 2010. The administration continues to blame the contractors of CGI for the failings and guidelines they wanted in place. (It wasn’t ready..but they were in a hurry to get people signed up.) All that money spent on the website, and now it has to be re-vamped.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    The only thing left to do is wait for the “surplus population” to die.

  • glpage

    I don’t know why Obama lying about Obamacare is such a big deal. Now, if the man ever tells the truth about something that will be a big deal.

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    The ability to deny reality is a mental faculty only someone deeply immersed in a totalitarian mindset could possibly maintain. But leaders who engage in self-delusion must eventually resort to retreating to their bunker.

  • HisChosen816

    Perhaps there should have been some critical thinking and deductive reasoning utilized. People that are shocked by this “revelation” must have been employing neither.

    You cannot add millions to the rolls and cover everything under the sun with no pre-existing clauses and not expect it to cost more. You could not expect current policies to be unaffected by this boondoggle. At least if you were interested in anything more than soundbites from a smooth-talking politician.

    Even with employer provided coverage, that can only last so long too. What is wrong with the populace that we can just hear something and be so nonchalant that we don’t engage in our own research and analysis?

  • antioli

    He just did not tell the whole truth.

    The important part he left out.

    • veeper

      don’t complain when I hit you in the face….

      it’s better for your face if I hit it……

  • MLCBLOG

    O’s sole objective is to bring chaos to our way of life and bring it down. So far he’s doing pretty well, I think, ruining one institution after another, starting way back when mortgage brokers and then car dealerships were simply put out of business by heinous regulations and new rules. I hate seeing our beautiful, not perfect, but very good medical system going too, and wish there were some way the people (us) would wake up and find a way to set things right.

  • wallery

    The man cannot tell the truth about anything!
    Why are you surprised?
    There are people on this Earth who “Don’t Care”! Guess who they are?
    My problem is when I watch people believe him the next time and the next time and the next time he lies repeatedly. What fools do not learn?
    It’s time people start “Thinking”- use the ole’ Brain once in a while- yes, that gray mushy matter many don’t use. LOL.

  • veeper

    obama has successfully LIED his entire life…..

    why would he even think it would be any different LYING to the entire nation….

  • Karen

    To think that people voted for him is mind boggling. Wake up America! Everyone wanted change and we sure are getting it.

  • Marvin Sammons

    this explains why he thinks he was born in Hawaii, nobody ever told him otherwise

  • frank peter

    Obama is an American version of Mohamed Morsi of Egypt,both pathetic failures

  • edgineer

    After watching politics for 53 years I have noticed one thing that is consistent. Americans never learn.

    • Johnnnyboy

      Well they do sort of learn in a transitory way. But then they forget again.

    • physicsnut

      you can certainly apply that to NYC – waiting for DeBlabbio

    • dchrist81

      some learn but fail to pass the lessons on to others

  • Ellman48

    “The Left will continue rationalizing away the failures of Obama and Obamacare no matter how damning the evidence that emerges.

    And Barack Obama will continue to be a saintly figure in their eyes as he gets away with murder.”

    I am a conservative and a Tea Party supporter. Earlier today I was accused by a Progressive blogger of not being able to think for myself, that I was a victim of Tea Party propaganda.

    Ironically, it is the accuser who was eminently guilty of the very things he accused me of. It is he, and his kind, that don’t think for themselves. They believe EVERYTHING their college professors ever said to them and everything Obama says, without question, without the slightest doubt, as if he were deity, not a mere human being. The fact that he said or did it is enough for them to conclude that it had to be the right thing to say or do – by definition! They think there’s something wrong with us for not believing everything that Obama and his shameless media and Hollywood friends tell us.

    The Tea Party does not have, nor can it afford, a full-time propaganda department. The Obama regime does have a full-time Propaganda Stream Media (which charges him no fees) for parroting his nonsense to the American people every day. Of course, his end of the diabolical bargain is not to destroy them or have them lose their jobs. He also has EVERY department in his MASSIVE BUREAUCRACY adhering to his talking points on a daily basis, also at the cost of risking their jobs. He also has perhaps the most potent propaganda vehicle in this country, Hollywood, on his side.

    Matthew thinks Obama’s leftist friends consider him a ‘saintly figure’. That’s an understatement I believe. A ‘god-like’ figure comes closer to describing their irrational attachment and devotion to someone who never rose above a community organizer or the age of 13.

  • RT

    Everything Sarah Palin told us from the beginning would happen was been TRUE. HO HO HA HA, Isn’t she stupid was the line. Who’s stupid now?

  • physicsnut

    Let’s see – was the data encrypted on these sites ? Nope !!!

    obama is praising Romneycare.
    Maybe he should have urged his fawning sycophants to vote for Romney !

    Alternet has more LIES about what Heritage said
    in their “25 facts ignored by right wingers” today
    QUOTE
    4. A national universal healthcare plan based on an individual mandate to obtain coverage was advocated [7] by the Heritage Foundation in 1992 and was the subject of bills introduced [8] by Republican senators in 1994
    END QUOTE
    American Thinker has a great article debunking these
    lies. It is a real eye-opener. “Heritage vs Obamacare”

  • Dallas25305

    How is that Obozo-Care working out for you? Or as they call it the Unaffordable Healthcare act. Barak Hussein Obozo a liar, a Marxist and a racist. When you know that you have got him figured. He is incompetent and never tells the truth.

  • pfbonney

    ““[A]fter decades of rising rates and reduced benefits, as well as rising health care costs, it’s hard to tell how much of the increase would have happened anyway.””

    Goes to help prove that Obama did nothing to drive costs from the healthcare system. That’s the only way healthcare is going to be made affordable.

    Wealth transfers from the young & healthy to the old and not-so-healthy notwithstanding.

  • Long Ben

    Since they’re on the side of the Angels and all, there is no lie black enough to disqualify them. In fact that picture of OBAMA! at the top is the perfect image of a imperious lying prick, with ears.

  • Shan Rose

    he is interested to do some steps

    Balance Exercise

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