Visualize this if you will. You’re paying $200 per month for a used car, and though you are happy at the moment, you don’t know that you’ve been ripped off. The engine, the brakes and the transmission are all about to fail, and the dealer has an escape cause built into your warranty, so he won’t honor it. Now, let’s say someone comes along, takes your car, and gives you another that is in good repair and has a solid warranty for $205 per month. Wouldn’t you say you were better off? Those cancelled health insurance policies are much the same, but Republicans are calling the solution a rip-off.
A new controversy over the president’s health-care law is threatening to overshadow the messy launch of its Web site: Notices are going out to hundreds of thousands of Americans informing them that their health insurance policies are being canceled as of Dec. 31.
The notices appear to contradict President Obama’s promise that despite the changes resulting from the law, Americans can keep their health insurance if they like it. Republicans have seized on the cancellations as evidence that the law is flawed and the president has been less than forthright in describing its impact.
“The real problem is that people weren’t told the truth,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.” “You can remember, they were told that they would be able to keep their policies if they liked them. Now you hear hundreds of thousands of people across the country being told they couldn’t.”…
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Lawrence O’Donnell provided excellent coverage of this controversy. (International readers, if you can’t view this. try searching YouTube or Bing Videos for Lawrence O’Donnell “Health Care: Campaigning or Governing”. If not there by the time I post this, it should be in a day or two.)
Here’s the bottom line. If your health care policy is such a rip-off that it fails to meet the bare minimum standards that ObamaCare requires, and since ObamaCare is forcing your company to meet those bare minimum standards, ObamaCare is doing you a BIG favor. It is preventing you from getting sick and discovering that you don’t have the coverage you thought you do. Even the insurance companies cancelling policies say they will move customers into better policies that do meet the ObamaCare standards. However, some companies are trying to switch people into their most expensive product without informing them that they have less expensive policies that meet the standards. Republicans are bitching about it, because it interferes with their RepubliCare plan: pay or die.