CBS leads noting that Barack Obama’s grand prediction about his signature law is turning out not to be true.
The Affordable Care Act was signed by President Obama in 2010 and since then he has repeated one reassuring phrase: “If you like your insurance plan you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.”
But it is happening. The president’s health care law raises the standards for insurance policies, which many consider to be a good thing. But hundreds of thousands of Americans whose policies don’t meet the new standards are being told that their health plans are being cancelled.
Natalie Willes is a sleep consultant who helps parents in Los Angeles train their newborns to sleep. She buys her own health insurance.
“I was completely happy with the insurance I had before,” Willes said.
So she was surprised when she tried to renew her policy. What did she find out?
“That my insurance was going to be completely different, and they were going to be replaced with 10 new plans that were going to fall under the regulations of the Affordable Care Act,” she said.
Her insurer, Kaiser Permanente, is terminating policies for 160,000 people in California and presenting them with new plans that comply with the healthcare law.
Willes, like Dr. Shaun Carpenter, liked her healthcare plan. But Obamacare doesn’t allow them to keep plans that they liked. Willes’ is also experiencing the same thing that Kirsten Powers is now seeing — the bureaucrat-approved plans cost more than her previous plan.
Sticker shock, higher deductibles for the healthy, less access, fewer doctors — welcome to Barack Obama’s dream healthcare world.
Once Healthcare.gov is actually fixed, America’s Obamacare problems will only be beginning.