Administration knew millions would lose

info@islandpacket.comNovember 8, 2013 

Contrary to the President Barack Obama's claim that "you can keep your plan, period," we now know the Obama administration knew in 2010 that up to 93 million insured Americans could lose their health coverage.

On June 17, 2010, the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued the "grandfather" regulation concerning insurance plans under Obamacare. In a discussion of the impact on insured individuals as a result of these new regulations, which was included in the Federal Register, it was estimated that up to 93 million people would lose their insurance plans.

On Sept. 29, 2010, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., introduced a resolution that would have expressed disapproval of Obamacare's "grandfathered plan" rules. On the Senate floor, Enzi stated, "The administration published a regulation that will fundamentally change the health-insurance plans of millions of Americans. The reality of this new regulation is, if you like what you have, you can't keep it."

He further stated, "If we pass the resolution, millions of Americans will be spared from paying higher health-care costs as a result of new federal mandates."

The measure was defeated 59-40. Not a single Democratic senator voted in favor of the resolution. Sen. Max Baucus even called it a "political stunt."

So, call a lie a lie. They knew it and they didn't care. But then, as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius so eloquently said in her testimony before the House last week, "Whatever."

Kathy Bradbury


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