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Obamacare cancels 250,000 Colorado policies

By: Gazette editorial
November 8, 2013 Updated: November 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm
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"No matter what." Those words tell us to trust a promise without condition.

"If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what." - President Obama, June 15, 2009.

Contrast that with the president's statement Nov. 4, as millions opened cancellation letters.

"Now, if you had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn't changed since the law passed." - President Obama

Each statement lies. "No matter what" does not square with "you can keep it if it hasn't changed since the law passed."

President Obama tried to manage the growing health care fiasco Thursday with an apology.

"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," the president told NBC News.

Hours later, the deception continued. As of 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, the official White House website said: "If You Like the Insurance You Have, Keep It: Nothing in the proposal forces anyone to change the insurance they have. Period."

The website lie remained in place more than 24 hours after CBS and Associated Press made issue of it Wednesday. If a publicly held business deceived investors to this extent, the Securities and Exchange Commission would shut it down.

Millions are winding up uninsured because President Obama, The Great Divider, imposed bad policy without an iota of bipartisan support. He signed the bill knowing supporters had not read it.

The repeated claim Americans could keep their policies, "period," came despite the president's knowledge to the contrary.

NBC revealed how the Obama administration knew for more than three years that millions of Americans would lose affordable policies.

In Colorado alone, 250,000 are losing insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. They have been told to buy policies on the state or federal exchange, many of which cost considerably more.

Among those who lost policies, and cannot afford alternatives, the title "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" sounds like a lie. They have not been protected and care has become less affordable.

Despite inclusion of "Protection" in the law's title, personal information given to government employees or malfunctioning websites has not been adequately protected.

Attorney Thomas Dougall, of Columbia, S.C., shopped on the federal exchange only to have the server distribute his information to another customer. Justin Hadley. of Burlington, N.C., logged on after his policy was canceled. Upon logging in, Hadley was presented with forms filled out by Dougall. He called Dougall to let him know. The Department of Health and Human Services did nothing to correct the matter until Sen. Tim Scott, R.-S.C., complained on the Senate floor.

The Gazette calls upon Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall to help a quarter million constituents who are suddenly in a bind of Washington's making.

Udall spokesman Mike Saccone told us the senator "took Coloradans' concerns directly to President Obama this week, including urging the Administration to extend the enrollment period and asking that the Administration keep working overtime to secure Americans' personal health data."

Kristin Lynch, press secretary for Bennet, said the senator "shares the frustration and anxiety these Coloradoans are feeling."

"We're helping to direct folks who have received cancellation letters to the health insurance marketplace," Lynch said. "With the tax credits, they should be able to find plans with the coverage they need and lower costs."

Bennet's office also advises constituents to contact their previous insurance companies, and the Colorado Division of Insurance, for information about alternative plans. Lynch said the Colorado-based exchange safeguards information in compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974.

By all appearances, federal government fiddled with an imperfect system and made it substantially worse. Don't give in to this. Demand the president and Congress clean up this mess of federal incompetence, deception and lies.

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