Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”
None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date -- the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example -- the policy would not be grandfathered.
Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”
That means 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.
Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post is on this story, too, and gave President Obama the full Monty, 4 pinocchios.
“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
– President Obama, speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009 (as the health care law was being written.)
“And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.”
– Obama, remarks in Portland, April 1, 2010, after the health care law was signed into law.
“FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.”
– tweet by Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, Oct. 28, 2013, after NBC News airs a report that the Obama administration knew “millions” could not keep their health insurance.
Many readers have asked us to step back into time and review these statements by the president now that it appears that as many as 2 million people may need to get a new insurance plan as the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, goes into effect in 2014. As we were considering those requests, one of the president’s most senior advisers then tweeted a statement on the same issue that cried out for fact checking.
The administration is defending this pledge with a rather slim reed — that there is nothing in the law that makes insurance companies force people out of plans they were enrolled in before the law passed. That explanation conveniently ignores the regulations written by the administration to implement the law. Moreover, it also ignores the fact that the purpose of the law was to bolster coverage and mandate a robust set of benefits, whether someone wanted to pay for it or not.
The president’s statements were sweeping and unequivocal — and made both before and after the bill became law. The White House now cites technicalities to avoid admitting that he went too far in his repeated pledge, which, after all, is one of the most famous statements of his presidency.
The president’s promise apparently came with a very large caveat: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan — if we deem it to be adequate.”
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Quote from: pr0ner on October 25, 2013, 02:16:02 AM
I should be getting this, but I haven't 100% decided yet.
keep in mind that most of us (meaning ME) will only be playing the 360 version for about a week or so before Ghosts, then Ghosts until the launch. However both Ghosts and BF4 will upgrade for $10 each and I don't mind paying $10 to play BF4 for a week with friends.
I'm much more likely to get Ghosts (including XB1 version), but BF4 is still TBD since I'm still playing GTA Online.
Tedious and predictable, but will pay for the second home. Definitely incapable of making a real decision. Self justifying fool. Financially irresponsible. Creepy with women. Sexual risk taker - advise them to get tested - probably got a lot of dodgy diseases. Lazy and self absorbed, but needy. Keen to be part of American dream, which is odd. Possibly worst psychopath I have encountered. Magpie who steal whatever takes their fancy, time and again. Devoted yogi? Bizarre! Lazy, lazy, lazy. Friendly, but terrifying. Lazy in some ways. Oh brother!
Quote from: Moliere on October 16, 2013, 06:14:55 AM
I finally watched this movie tonight. Why would his claws grow back after being cut off? Why would a robot on his heart stop his DNA from healing? Why would drilling into his claws cause him to grow old while the old guy grows young?
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Quote from: wonderpug on October 09, 2013, 02:41:53 AM
Did you watch to the very end of the credits?
I didn't want to sit through all the credits, so I just clicked "A" after they started and....
Spoiler for Hiden:
I read Dr Friedlander's assessment of me :
From the office of Dr Isiah Friedlander Client Notes - Highly Confidential
Tedious and predictable, but will pay for the second home. Tries to do the right thing - poor judgment as to what that is. Searching for a role model in all the wrong places. Reckless financially. Thinks of self as above certain temptations. Sexually needy, heartless - uses and discards women - wonders why cannot form real relationships! Ignores people closest to him. Investor type - which is odd given risk taking as unlikely to make old bones. Vindictive bully. Magpie who steal whatever takes their fancy, time and again. Not very into yoga, it seems. Not really into physical fitness. Out going and friendly, in a terrifying kind of way. Likes to get things done - which is frightening! What a bizarre assortment of problems.
Weird . Is this what other people saw too?
I checked my stats and it seems that I played each of the three characters about 17 hours apiece, if I'm reading that right. So a total of 50 hours. Will have to play a bit more to get that one dollar per hour payback I'm looking for
I keep forgetting about my therapist. his report will probably be a lonely one.
About Friedlander (some end game spoilers ahead):
Spoiler for Hiden:
If you do enough of the missions about Michael's visits with Friedlander, everything eventually goes to hell and you're given the choice of killing him or letting him go. Yeah, I chose to kill him.
Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 29, 2013, 04:17:23 PM
Quote from: pr0ner on September 29, 2013, 03:36:20 PM
Why would their Social Security checks be late? Mandatory spending isn't stopped by a government shutdown.
The money to cover Social Security payments would still be authorized, but with 800,000 federal employees furloughed -- and the remaining "essential" personnel working without pay -- the system would be unable to review claims, process new ones, or correct for unexpected circumstances. Short staffed? Failed equipment? Data error? Sorry, the department that deals with that is closed this month.
That's one hell of a claim. Can you cite proof for that?
Also, government employees who work during a shutdown (including me) will get paid. We're not working without pay. Our pay may be delayed, but we'll still get paid.
Quote from: wonderpug on September 22, 2013, 04:06:38 PM
Maybe it's because I had braced myself for the absolute worst, but I'm not finding Trevor nearly as hard to play as I expected. I even got to "the controversial mission" and didn't find it as intolerable as I expected. I don't like the character as much as Franklin or Michael, but I mean... that's the point.
A couple of my Facebook friends think Trevor is the best GTA character ever.