The latest Obamacare-related controversy emerged this week after hundreds of thousands of Americans reportedly received cancellation notices from their insurance providers after new healthcare legislation took effect this month. Republicans have seized the opportunity to ridicule Democrats and the president for having promised the contrary.
As far back as 2009, Pres. Obama and Team Blue had repeatedly told voters that, under the Affordable Care Act, “if you like your current plan, you can keep it.” As many have pointed out, the plans are being terminated because they failed to meet the minimum requirements set forth by new law.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer conceded that Washington has long known that some people would not get to keep their insurance, telling the press on Tuesday that the president should have been “more concise” when suggesting to the public that they could “keep” their plan, “period,” without noting that new regulations would make some plans effectively unviable.
A look back at the last several years shows that Obama did, indeed, make this oversimplified guarantee over and over and over again. New York‘s Dan Amira put together a video compilation to show just how often it happened:RELATED: Pitiful: Sebelius to blame contractors, not HHS, for Healthcare.gov problems in House testimony tomorrow