Democrats lied repeatedly about Obamacare, when they were trying to pass it. The video below, for example, shows 36 instances when Obama lied about being able to keep your current healthcare plan. Actually, Obamacare would have forced insurance companies to cancel millions of policies.
He also repeatedly stated that under Obamacare premiums would go down $2,500.00 per family. Another lie.
Well, the Democrats are using the same tactic -lie- to prevent the repeal and replacing of Obamacare. From the twitter feed of the New Hampshire Democrats (May 24th):
The statement that the AHCA kicks 23 million off health insurance is a blatant lie. From the Weekly Standard (addressing the first version of the AHCA):
Nowhere in the Congressional Budget Office’s projections about the American Health Care Act did the agency say the bill would cause 24 million to “lose” coverage—cancel it or take it from them. The report, rather, estimated that the total number of individuals insured under the Republican plan would eventually be 24 million fewer than the total insured under Obamacare. Why is that?
… it’s because some consumers would choose not to buy insurance if they’re not penalized for lacking it. “CBO and [the Joint Committee on Taxation] estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. Most of that increase would stem from repealing the penalties associated with the individual mandate,” the report reads.
The remainder is a projection of the number who will not sign up for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion under the AHCA. Again from the Weekly Standard:
… those who are potential Medicaid enrollees cannot possibly lose Medicaid if they don’t have it in the first place. Democrats might say that such individuals are being deprived by the GOP’s action. But that’s for a separate policy discussion—one in which Republicans have their own ideas for how to provide poor Americans access to affordable health care.
This tweet from the New Hampshire Democrats is also a blatant lie:
The comparison assumes that the 64 year old will purchase the same policy under the AHCA as under Obamacare. But why should a 64 year old be forced to purchase insurance for birth control, maternity coverage or pediatric care, to name just a few of the so-called “essential health benefits” under Obamacare that are hardly essential for a 64 year old? Under the AHCA, States will have the option to apply for waivers. The CBO report concedes that:
The ways in which federal agencies, states, insurers, employers, individuals, doctors, hospitals, and other affected parties would respond to the changes made by the legislation are all difficult to predict, so the estimates discussed in this document are uncertain. In particular, states would have a wide range of options—notably, the optional waivers discussed above that would allow them to modify the minimum set of benefits that must be provided by insurance sold in the nongroup and small-group markets and that would permit medical underwriting for people who did not demonstrate continuous coverage. The array of market regulations that states could implement makes estimating the outcomes especially uncertain. …
Not surprisingly, the #nhpolitics press are not holding the Democrats accountable for these blatant lies And, in addition, the #nhpolitics press is letting the Democrats get away with the lie that Obamacare is working. It’s not:
- Average individual insurance premiums more than doubled from $2,784 per year in 2013 to $5,712 on Healthcare.gov in 2017. This amounts to a 105% increase in health insurance premiums.
- All 39 states using Healthcare.gov experienced increases in individual market premiums form 2013-2017.
- Roughly two-thirds of states using Healthcare.gov had 2017 premiums double compared to 2013 health insurance premiums.
- Three states including Alaska, Alabama, and Oklahoma saw premiums triple from 2013-2017.