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Promises, promises: If you like your insurance … nothing changes.

Remember this promise (it begins at about the 1:10 mark):

Here’s the reality:

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has notified customers that it will drop its Medicare Advantage health insurance program at the end of the year, forcing 22,000 senior citizens in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine to seek alternative supplemental coverage.


Under Medicare Advantage plans, the federal government pays private health insurers to sell customers over 65 years old enhanced policies, many of which offer prescription drug coverage not covered by standard Medicare. But the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been seeking to reduce the amount it pays to private insurers for such programs.

Medicare told Harvard Pilgrim to notify customers that its Medicare Advantage program, known as First Seniority Freedom, was being canceled. In a mailing, the insurer was required to list alternative Medicare Advantage plans, including those offered by its competitors.


It will be “slightly more expensive’’ than the Medicare Advantage plans, but competitive with supplemental insurance plans offered by rivals such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest health insurer, Bowman said.

Now I assume anyone who has read this blog for more than a day knows I’m not trying to argue for subsidized health insurance here.

Far from it. What I’m pointing out is the basic dishonesty that was rampant in the President’s promises about health care. An integral part of the plan to "pay for it" involved cutting out Medicare Advantage – an insurance supplemental plan that many seniors had and wanted to keep.

As you hear in the video, the promise wasn’t ambiguous or couched in rhetoric that gave a lot of wiggle room. Obama flat out says "if you like your insurance you can keep it. Nothing changes", or words to that effect.

A pure and unadulterated lie that he still tends to throw out there when trying to hype this white elephant Congress rammed through.

The simple fact – something anyone who took to understand where the Democrats were headed with this turkey – is that there was no way everyone could keep their insurance because the law was written to change the way insurance was delivered. And on the table, from the beginning, were cuts in Medicare that focused on eliminating what? An insurance program called Medicare Advantage.

It is one thing to watch a politician shade the truth a bit. It is quite another to watch one tell a bald faced lie (and I mean “lie” in the truest sense of the word, not how some tend to use it today). This one fits the latter category.

HT: Arley Ward



9 Responses to Promises, promises: If you like your insurance … nothing changes.

  • “Unfortunately, uh,  I’m going to have to shutdown You-Tube and selected other sites, obviously there are, uh, terrorists, uh,  infiltrating our internet infrastructure and spreading dis-information about  the good works accomplished by, uh, my administration.”

  • Here you dense righties are bleating on about lying again. As if you understood what that terms means. Which you don’t, since you do not believe in the holy writ of post-modernism, which tells us that leftist’s can’t lie. They just occasionally change the socially constructed consensus to something different.

    This kind of malicious post is why I’m not coming around here much any more and instead I’m spending my time on my own blog writing glurge about not getting angry at my son and losing weight. And it’s definitely not because I’m on record from last week saying that the Democrats might only lose 20 seats in the House and 2 in the Senate, and I know that I’m about to look like an idiot. So stop saying that. It could happen! It could!

    Besides, no matter what happens, I’ll say I predicted it because I also said the Republicans might do OK, unless they blow their historic electoral opportunity by listening to the extreme message of those extremist tea partiers who are entirely too extreme to be pulling America in their extreme direction. I’m extremely sure about that. They’re just awful and extreme. Especially Sarah Palin, with those full lips and ample bosom. And her extreme winks through those naughty librarian glasses, as if to say to you dense righties with your tongues hanging out “Hey, big boy, come here to this nice private room and I’ll show you something really extreme.”

    But don’t you worry. After I’ve recovered from the Republican victories I’ve recharged with some change of pace in my activities, I’ll be back soon and again posting my incredibly intelligent analysis. Which is completely different from opinion, because I have advanced degrees.

    For some strange reason, I feel the need to come here and educate you thick righties, and don’t you dare start up about how I come here to find someone to lecture down to in order ot boost my self worth. I have two or three perfectly good toadies commenters at my own blog for that.

    No, I’m just taking a break, and observing this fine exercise of politics as we head into an election. I’m contemplating the fact that political fortunes go back and forth. And forth and back. Which tells me that this fall’s election is just one of those minor back and forth things that might turn slightly in favor on the Republicans, and definitely, definitely not a real change in the way voters look at the job done by wise leftists in ever-increasing government as we march to glorious leftist utopia. I decree it.

  • Hmmm, wait a minute here.
    Let me understand. Did Obama hide the fact that he was cutting M. Advantage? Funny, I thought I heard that discussed endlessly. Maybe I am not really some peasant out in the heartland – am I really some insider who was hearing these things, but no one else was?
    And y’know,,,I am also confused about another thing in this story. The quoted story seems to be saying (I guess it must be a mistake!!!) that the insurance company has decided to shut down their program. Is that what Obama was promising would not happen? That insurance companies would not be changing people’s policies? Silly me, I thought  he just meant that his proposal, his “Obamacare” would not change their coverage.
    Does this mean that you guys think that the President should have the power to prevent the insurance company from ending their plan?

    • JoeCitizenThe quoted story seems to be saying (I guess it must be a mistake!!!) that the insurance company has decided to shut down their program. Is that what Obama was promising would not happen?

      Absolutely right.  It’s as if the insurance companies (they are pure evil, you know; almost as bad as doctors who will whip off a healthy person’s leg just to collect the $5000 fee) are being forced to turn away paying customers are simply seizing this excuse to cancel coverage.  In fact, the REALLY malevolent insurance companies may go out of business altogether stop offering policies to anybody.  Now that’s REALLY denying coverage!  Curse those insurance companies for trying to run a profitable business putting filthy lucre above people’s health!  It’s THEIR fault if you can’t keep your insurance!  And if your doctor decides to stop practicing because he doesn’t want to accept the pittance the government thinks he should make very fair rates established by nameless, faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats wise, benevolent government officials and you have to change your doctor, then that’s HIS fault.

      And let me deal right now with the so-called “death panels”, because I’m sure that they will rear their fictious heads at some point: the government will absolutely NOT decide to let you die.  If you get sick and die a lingering, painful death because you don’t meet the criteria required to get the treatment you need, it’s YOUR fault for not living a healthy lifestyle and getting sick in the first place.

    • That’s kind of the point, Joe – it was a “bald faced lie” when he said “like your insurance? You can keep it”.