During his astounding press conference President Obama was asked if he was confident that insurance companies and the State officials who regulate them would respond positively to his announcement that, in spite of the prohibition in the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) he would allow millions of recently cancelled health insurance policies to be reinstated for one more year. His answer in part:
Traditionally state insurance commissioners make decisions about what plans can be or cannot be sold, how they interact with insurers. What we’re essentially saying is the Affordable Care Act is not going to be the factor in what happens with folks in the individual market.
I think there’s going to be some state-by-state evaluation on how this is handled. But the key point is, is that it allows us to be able to say to the folks who’ve received these notices, look, you know, I, the president of the United States, and the insurance model of the Affordable Care Act is not going to be getting in the way of you shopping in the individual market that you used to have. [emphasis added]
So the message is, indeed in Obama’s words, “the key point is” that if you received notice that – in compliance with his law – your health plan was to be cancelled, don’t blame the law or the President who promised that if you liked your insurance you could keep it! Suddenly, the requirement that your policy must be cancelled has been suspended – for one year! Thus you should blame the insurance company and the insurance regulators in your state.
But wait! This isn’t the only jaw-dropper from the If-you-like-your-insurance-maybe-you-can-decancel-your-insurance press conference.
What we’re discovering is that part of the problem has been technology, hardware and software, and that’s being upgraded. But even if we get the — the hardware and software working exactly the way it’s supposed to with relatively minor glitches, what we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy. [emphasis added]
This is an utterly astounding admission! Since the beginning of his first Presidential campaign six years ago this man has sold himself as a world class authority on health insurance and health care. He was The One who could cover all the uninsured and give everyone else “better” coverage at lower cost. For months he’s been bragging that “clicking around” on his website would make getting insured as easy as buying a plane ticket from Kyak or a TV from Amazon! Now he says that only since launching the website 45 days has he “discovered” that buying insurance is complicated!