Following the rollout of the online insurance exchanges that form part of Obama’s healthcare reform law, which many in even his own party are calling a disaster, the president’s embarrassment is deepening as more and more Americans receive letters from their health insurance providers informing them that their plans will be cancelled, or their prices hiked, due to the new law. This comes as a direct contradiction of the president’s earlier promises that all who prefer to keep their current healthcare plan will be able to keep it, and commentators are beginning to accuse the administration of lying about the issue outright.
However, the president’s promise was not completely broken. As far as can be observed at present, the law does not affect the healthcare plans of those who participate in employer-insurance programmes, which make up the majority of the insured population. While 84.3% of US citizens currently have health insurance, nearly 14 million of those have individual-insurance plans, and they are the group most affected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“As the start date for the new regulations looms at January 1, most of them are receiving cancellation notices,” writes Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine. “That is a terrifying experience in a country where the cancellation of health insurance has been a disastrous life event roughly on par with losing a job.”
These 14 million people who are having to go through this no doubt feel betrayed by the president, who assured the country that this would not happen. At Fox News, anchor Megyn Kelly has compiled a series of video clips of President Obama repeating this promise in no uncertain terms.
In the rest of the video segment above, Kelly interviews Obama supporter and journalist Kirsten Powers for her own story about her increased health insurance costs. As the year progresses, we will no doubt continue to see the administration’s Obamacare embarrassment deepen as millions of cancellation letters sent out by health insurance companies who can no longer afford to provide the same volume of services under the burden imposed by the Affordable Care Act. Kirsten Powers is only the tip of the iceberg.