3/16/12, "Four hard truths of health care reform," Politico, David Nather
"President Barack Obama promised over and over during the health care debate that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”
It turns out that, for a lot of people, that isn’t true.
A Congressional Budget Office report issued this week says that 3 million to 5 million people could move from employer-based health care plans to government-based programs as the Affordable Care Act takes effect. And in the worst-case scenario, it could be as many as 20 million.
For Obama, it’s an inconvenient truth at a really inconvenient time — coming less than two weeks before the Supreme Court begins oral arguments on the law and just as the administration touts the law’s early benefits on its second anniversary.
And it’s not the only hard truth Obama and the law’s supporters are facing. No matter what they said about rising health care costs, those costs aren’t actually going to go down under health care reform. The talk about the law paying for itself is just educated guesswork. And people aren’t actually liking the law more as they learn more about it — and some polls show they are just getting more confused.
But it’s Obama’s signature promise — “If you like it, you can keep it” — that’s most likely to get thrown back in his face. Here are the four hard truths of health care reform as the law approaches its March 23 anniversary:
1) Some people won’t get to keep the coverage they like....
2) Costs aren’t going to go down....
3) It’s just a guess that the law can pay for itself....
4) “The more they know, the more they'll like it” isn’t happening."...via Instapundit
Ed. note: Politico is a living, breathing double standard. We were supposed to take the word of temporary politicians that a 3000 page document no one had read would be just fine. Politico claims it's just now finding out what has been known by many others for a long time. Fine. Politico has one answer for everything now. If things aren't going the way they want them to, they find a poll proving it's because we the people are ignorant, that if we weren't quite so stupid we would see things Politico's (admittedly) incorrect way.