“If you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it.”
Remember that promise?
It’s one of many lies spoon fed by U.S. President Barack Obama, swallowed by the liberal mainstream media and now set to wreak havoc on the American economy. Because while you may indeed like your doctor and/ or your health care plan – if you’re one of 800,000 people in New Jersey, 279,000 in California, 140,000 in Michigan and 130,000 in Florida (just to name a few), you are out of luck.
And out of your existing coverage …
According to CBS News, “more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies – more than triple the number of people said to be buying insurance under the new Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.”
And “this is just the tip of the iceberg,” the network reports.
Oh … and good luck getting on the government’s website to buy a new policy (which you have to have in order to avoid Obamacare’s “individual mandate” tax).
Of course it gets even better (or worse, if you’re Obama).
According to NBC News, as far back as July 2010 “the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.”
Yet Obama continued to parrot his “if you like your plan, you can keep it” promise through 2012.
You know, we’d be tempted to enjoy Obamacare’s unraveling were it not so disastrous for the country – a majority of which has opposed the legislation from the moment it was rammed through the U.S. Congress (by hook and crook) three-and-a-half years ago.
So … what’s a country to do?
Well, health care expert Michael Cannon of The Cato Institute has a few ideas.
Cannon says Obamacare opponents who want to defund the law “should be fighting to block the Medicaid expansion in the 25 states that have already authorized it.”
Cannon is also pushing more state leaders to challenge Obamacare’s illegal taxes – which the Internal Revenue Service is attempting to collect in 34 states (which refused to establish exchanges) despite the fact that no such authorizing language exists in the new law.
“The IRS is literally trying to tax, borrow, and spend more than $700 billion without congressional authorization – a more egregious example of taxation without representation than the Stamp Act,” Cannon writes.
He also says state legislatures should move to suspend the licenses of insurers who accept these illegal subsidies.
Here in South Carolina, the debate over Obamacare is about to ratchet up when S.C. Sen. Tom Davis holds a series of hearings on the law across the state. Davis has been tasked by S.C. Senate President John Courson with investigating the impact of the law on the Palmetto State and recommending legislative action to members of the General Assembly.