Tuesday, November 19, 2013

White House: "Majority of People" With Group Health Plans Will Lose Their Insurance by End of December

Another day, another bald-faced lie revealed. President Obama has been saying for months that the extreme "minority" of people will lose their insurance under the Affordable Care Act. "Five percent" is the phrase repeated ad nauseam.

"We're talking about five percent of the population," President Obama said to Chuck Todd in a rambling sentence during an interview with NBC this month. "Even though it only effects a small amount of the population, you know, it means a lot to them when they get this letter cancelled [sic] and, you know, I am deeply concerned about it and I've assigned my team to see what can we do to close some of the holes and gaps in the law, because my intention is to lift up and make sure the insurance that people buy is effective, that it's actually going to deliver what they think they're purchasing, 'cause what we know is, before the law was passed, a lot of these plans, people thought they had insurance coverage and then they'd find out that they had huge, out-of-pocket expenses, or women were being charged more than men."
President Obama
Well, the President has been called out on his lies by an unexpected source: HHS and the Justice Department. The memo, which was created by the Justice Department in a lawsuit that concerned HHS, is so extremely damning that it specifically states that most people will lose their insurance if they have a group health plan:
The [Affordable Care Act's] grandfathering provision’s incremental transition does not undermine the government’s interests in a significant way. Even under the grandfathering provision, it is projected that more group health plans will transition to the requirements under the regulations as time goes on. Defendants have estimated that a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.

In case you were wondering, a majority is at least 50% plus one. So, 50.1% is an example of a majority. And in case you were wondering if President Obama's assurance of "5%" held up, 50.1% is more than 5%.

And in case you are not familiar with the President explaining his 5% lie, watch the video below:

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