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WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton may be no stranger to lying to the American people, but Obama’s claim that Americans could keep their health plans under Obamacare was too much, even for “Slick Willy.”
The former president had some blunt advice for the current White House occupant when it came to Obama’s promise that people could keep their health-care plan: Keep your word.
Clinton said in an interview, “I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”
Obama “grossly misleading”
While Bill Clinton implicitly chastised Obama for falsely leading Americans to believe they could keep their health plans under Obamacare, another Democrat is openly calling out the president.
Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., accused Obama of “grossly misleading” the American public.”
“I think the president saying you could stay with it and not being honest that a lot of these policies were going to get canceled was grossly misleading to the American public and is causing added stress and added strife as we go through a really difficult time with health care,” Schrader told a television interviewer.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Alleigh Marre accused Schrader of “blatantly misleading voters in the face of changing political winds and the plan’s botched roll-out.”
She said Schrader’s website has now been scrubbed, but it had read, “If you are insured and happy with your coverage, nothing changes.”
Marre circulated a screenshot of Schrader’s website showing it had included the false claim that caused Obama to issue an apology to the American people, last week.
Schrader is just one in a pack of Democrats worried about the political damage caused by Obama’s falsehood.
The president is facing a burgeoning revolt among Democrats after a contingent of 15 senators, all up for re-election, visited the White House last Wednesday to give him an earful about the Obamacare disaster.
Obamacare repealed before 2014 elections?
In fact, a Forbes analyst predicted that Obamacare will quickly become such an unbearable disaster for Democrats that it will be repealed before the 2014 elections.
Forbes’ Steven Hayward had already called Obama’s claim about being able to keep your health-insurance plan “arguably the greatest single lie in the history of American politics.”
Last week, he maintained that Obama lied because Hillarycare was sunk back in 1994 when the public learned “you couldn’t be sure you’d be able to keep your doctors or select specialists of your choice.”
Monday, Hayward boldly predicted, “[E]ven if HealthCare.gov is fixed by the end of the month (unlikely), Obamacare is going to be repealed well in advance of next year’s election. ”
Hayward said if the website continues to fail, “the push for repeal – from endangered Democrats – will occur very rapidly.”
But, he said fixing the website will not fix Obamacare, which he sees as doomed.
“Now that people are losing their insurance and finding that they may not be able to keep their doctor after all, Obamacare has become the domestic policy equivalent of the Iraq War: a protracted fiasco that is proving fatal to a president’s credibility and approval rating,” Hayward concluded.
Other recent major developments include:
An expected White House admission of staggeringly few enrollees
An administration scheme exaggerated even those low numbers
White House increases attempts to lower expectations
Massive new insurance policy cancellations
Military members not getting key Obamacare benefits
Fraud by Obamacare “navigators” exposed
It gets worse for the the president, and soon.
Sometime this week, the administration will reveal how few people have actually enrolled in Obamacare.
Sources tell the Washington Post that only about 40,000 people have signed for Obamacare on the federal exchange since it opened Oct. 1.
The paper calls that “a tiny fraction of the total projected enrollment for the 36 states where the federal government is running the online health-care exchange.”
What makes the horrible news about the low number of enrollees on the federal site even worse for the administration is it comes just one day after Monday’s horrible news about the low number of enrollees on the state-run exchanges.
As WND reported Monday, the states have reached only three percent of their target enrollments for the year.
The government expects 1.4 million Americans to enroll in Obamacare on the state-run exchanges by the end of the year, but only a little more than 49,000 have signed up in 11 of the 14 states (and Washington, D.C.), with just six weeks to go.
This is potentially devastating news to the administration, which must sign up 7 million people by March 31, 2014, to make Obamcare financially viable.
What makes these low numbers so dramatic is the state-run exchanges have had far fewer online problems than the disastrous federal-exchange website, which only managed to sign up six people across the nation on it’s first day, Oct. 1.
That means, while people can enroll in Obamacare on the state-run exchanges with little problem, they apparently don’t want to.
Even the paltry numbers the administration is expected to report will be an exaggeration, according to the Post.
The paper reports the administration will use a highly unusual accounting method to even reach a tally of 40,000 enrollees by counting those people who have picked a plan and put in their shopping cart but not yet paid for it.
The insurance industry standard is to count only those who have actually paid for their plans as enrollees.
Almost every day, the administration tries to lower expectations about the federal enrollment numbers it has promised to release this week.
Those numbers “will be lower than we hoped and we anticipated,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday.
“I can tell you our early enrollment numbers are going to be very low,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified last week before a Senate committee.
People have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that begins on Jan. 1. The deadline by which everyone must have insurance or pay a fine is March 31.
A major concern for the administration is getting enough healthy, young people to sign up to lower the overall cost of providing care for everyone.
But, as WND has reported, young people have little incentive to sign up, and many may opt to pay the $95 penalty instead.
According to Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer, only the sick will enroll in Obamacare and they won’t be enough to pay for it.
That will cause insurance companies to raise premiums, which will further discourage the healthy to enroll.
“You get a system that cannot sustain itself economically,” he said. “And it collapses.”
Massive new cancellations
Another huge problem for the administration is the steady drumbeat of people losing their health insurance because of Obamacare, just the opposite of the law’s stated intention.
The California insurance commissioner dropped this bombshell Tuesday evening: One million people in the state have now had their insurance canceled because of Obamacare.
The company is defending itself by claiming “No one is getting canceled,” but their policies certainly are getting canceled, because the company is telling those customers they must choose another policy.
Even before the announcement from California, Forbes estimated more than 4.8 million Americans had already received cancellation notices. It added, “many more are imminent.”
As WND reported, Forbes fears cancellations will get much worse once Obamacare hits the employer-market.
Most Americans get their health-care insurance through their employer, and Forbes predicts a whopping 51 percent of the employer-market plans will be canceled.
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Military members won’t get an Obamacare benefit that the president and other Democrats have used as a key selling point.
Those in our nation’s armed forces will not be allowed to keep their adult children on their health insurance plans until age 26.
Jessie Jane Duff of Concerned Veterans for America told Fox News that members of the military will not get the benefit because rates under TRICARE (the Department of Defense program that provides health coverage to active duty and retired military members and their families) are very low because they are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.
She said adult children cannot be covered, but, “We’ve been very fortunate because legislation was passed that exempted TRICARE from a lot of the Obamacare standings, so that actually has benefited veterans to keep the rates that they’ve had.”
Guerilla journalist James O’Keefe, the man whose hidden-camera videos were key to bringing down the community-organizing group ACORN, has done an undercover investigation on the Obamacare helpers, dubbed “navigators.”
As he did with ACORN, he videotaped employees giving instructions on how to lie to game the system.
National Review reports the group O’Keefe investigated, the National Urban League, “was paid $376,000 by the federal government for its Obamacare outreach in Texas.”
That’s part of of the $67 million spent nationwide to hire nearly 50,000 navigators.
He cited Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ recent admission that felons could become Obamacare navigators.
Also, WND recently released a report describing how one month before the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov, a government memo warned of a “limitless” security threat that would expose insurance buyers to identity theft.