Yesterday President Obama traveled to Boston for some damage control on the disastrous rollout of his signature legislation. It was another typically annoying campaign style appearance. Mitt Romney slammed him before he got there, but that didn’t stop him from praising the health care law Romney passed in Massachusetts.
What was notable is that now that news outlets are reporting how many people are losing their coverage thanks to Obamacare he changed his pledge to Americans. Instead of “you can keep your plan,” he’s now saying that you get to “shop around.” He didn’t mention that usually when people “shop around” it’s not under the threat of a penalty if you don’t feel like going shopping because you don’t think the stuff you already have needs replacing.
Now, if you had one of these substandard plans before the Affordable Care Act became law, and you really like that plan, you were able to keep it. That’s what I said when I was running for office. That was part of the promise we made. But ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel the substandard plans, what we said under the law is that you have got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage because that, too, was a central premise of the Affordable Care Act from the very beginning…
So if you’re getting one of these letters [canceling your insurance policy], just shop around in the new marketplace. That’s what it’s for… (Read More)
Then he babbled some more, blaming “bad apple” insurance companies for the mess, even though they are no longer allowed to sell the policies people used to like.
What really annoyed me about the speech was when he praised Romney’s health care law, saying something like how they took the progressive vision for coverage for everyone, added conservative free market principles, and passed a bipartisan law. What he failed to mention is that there was nothing at all bipartisan about Obamacare. As for free market principles, this debacle is going to destroy the free market when it comes to health insurance. But we all know that’s been the goal all along.
In related news, his approval rating is at an all time low. I guess that means we’ll be paying for him to fly around the country making even more campaign appearances. It seems to be the only thing he’s good at.