Despite President Obama’s Promises People are losing the Health Insurance and Doctors they wanted to Keep

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 24th, 2013

Week in Review

During the Obamacare debate President Obama promised people that if you liked your health insurance you could keep your health insurance.  And if you liked your doctor you could keep your doctor.  Turns out that wasn’t true (see UPS to drop 15,000 spouses from insurance, cites Obamacare by Jessica Chasmar posted 8/21/2013 on The Washington Times).

Citing Obamacare, the United Parcel Service plans to remove 15,000 spouses from its health care plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere.

Rising medical costs, “combined with the costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, have made it increasingly difficult to continue providing the same level of health care benefits to our employees at an affordable cost,” UPS said in a memo to employees, Kaiser Health News reported…

The health law requires large employers to cover employees and dependent children, but not spouses or domestic partners, Kaiser reported.

There’s a good chance that the new health insurance the spouses get may be in another network.  Meaning not only did they lose the health insurance they liked.  There’s a good chance they may have to find new doctors.  Two promises the president broke.  So is he a liar?

Of course, he is.  The whole point of Obamacare is to set the stage for a single-payer health care system.  AKA national health care.  President Obama even said he was a proponent of single-payer, universal health care.  But we couldn’t get there immediately.  As he told the AFL-CIO before he was president (see Obama on single payer health insurance uploaded to YouTube).  So all the while he was promising we could keep what we liked he was lying to us.  For single-payer is what he wanted.  It’s what he always wanted.  And he promised to deliver it if they won the White House and Congress.  Which they did.  For the first two years of his presidency the Democrats had control of all three branches of government.  And passed Obamacare along straight party lines.  But they had to buy some votes.  There was the Louisiana Purchase.  And the Cornhusker Kickback.  But to get other Democrats who had elections coming in 2010 they had to get rid of the public option.

The public option was basically single-payer health care.  Which was a bridge too far for key Democrats.  So they dropped it.  Once they did they got the crucial 60th vote in the Senate to prevent a Republican filibuster.  But the public option hasn’t gone completely away.  They just have a more devious way to implement it.  Via the state exchanges.  Just another name for single-payer health care.  So it’s no surprise that we’re slowly but surely losing the private health insurance we had and wanted to keep.  And our doctors.  Because that was the plan all along.

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