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The president always had a tough time selling Obamacare. Now his weak assurances are making Republicans look wise beyond their years.
The evidence that Obamacare was sold by its namesake under utterly false pretenses is so overwhelming that even the press puppies can’t turn a blind eye to it.
During the public debate over health care in 2009 and 2010, no matter how tightly you may have shut your door, there was one piece of information it was impossible to avoid: the president’s promise that if you liked your doctor and your health care plan you would be able to keep it. So it was a surprise to many people to get a letter like the one Independence Blue Cross sent its customers weeks ago. It said that as a result of the Affordable Care Act, “your current plan will be discontinued effective January 1, 2014, and you will need to select a new plan by the end of December to avoid any interruption in coverage.”
That wasn’t what the president promised. But wait, the president can explain. It’s not what we think. People won’t have the same insurance—they will have better insurance, administration officials assure. That’s not the way some of the people receiving these letters see it. The president’s original promise was so ironclad and repeated so often that any explanation now sounds like dissembling.
This bout of buyer’s remorse will have some staying power but the Elders of the GOP Village need to pounce on this now. No over-thinking is required for this either.
“We told you so.”
While the press was distracting the electorate with oh-so-clever anecdotes about Romney’s out of touch binders and Big Bird quips, the more honest among us were trying to tell them that the hurt was on its way.
So let’s go after these people who are feeling stung the most at this moment and not be shy about doing so.