A speech in January of 2010 reveals that Obama knew some provisions of the Affordable Care Act violated his "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan" promise, but kept lying about it anyway
by Larry Simons
November 9, 2013
On January 29, 2010, President Barack Obama was in Baltimore, MD to speak at the GOP House Issues Conference. Many topics were discussed including health care and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the very first clip I could find on the internet, President Obama mentions that some provisions within the ACA might invalidate his promise to all insured Americans that if they liked their health care plan, they could keep it.
Obama said this:
"The last thing I will say, though — let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we’ve presented — and there’s some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your — if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making.
And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge."
[watch the clip --- at 53:45 into the clip]
On the surface, this may appear as a good thing to Obama supporters since he is admitting before the law passed that there are provisions within the law that are threatening his promise that Americans will keep their health care plans.
There are two big problems with his 2010 admission:
1. Look at his words closely. He says "some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating". The word "were" is past tense. He is saying here that they have not been eliminated yet, hence his statement "we were in the process". He did not say "they have been eliminated." Then he says that these provisions that snuck into the ACA law "might have" violated his pledge [that Americans can keep their health care plans]. Since the law was not passed yet, it was then safe to assume that there was still time to fix these provisions before the law's passage so that the president's promise could stay intact.
Here's the big problem: These provisions were not fixed. Of course we now know this because of the millions of Americans who have received cancellation notices in the mail that their policies will end on December 31, 2013 because of Obamacare. But even in the absence of this footage from 2010, we still know the administration knew the policies would be canceled because of IRS documents [from July 2010] and the Federal register [from June 2010] stating this.
Now, in light of this three-year-old footage, we see that Obama himself knew two months before the ACA became law that provisions within the ACA would cause Americans to lose their health care plans, and he is heavily implying they would be "fixed", but were not.
2. Even though Obama plainly admits in this January 2010 speech that provisions within the ACA package [which was not law yet] could cause Americans to lose their health care plans, he kept repeating after January 2010 and after the law's passage in March 2010 the promise to Americans that "if you like your plan, you can keep it" without any disclosure whatsoever whether the provisions he mentioned in January 2010 that threatened the implementation of his pledge were actually eliminated from the law or whether they remained.
One could easily assume that from his own words in January 2010 that Obama would not sign the bill into law unless these provisions that threatened his promise were removed from the law. I sure would have assumed that, had I seen his January 2010 speech. If Obama is making a promise to the American people that if they liked their plans, they could keep them, and then he stands before a GOP crowd and admits there are provisions in the law that threaten that promise, it only stands to reason that he will not sign the bill if those provisions are not eliminated.This makes things worse for Obama, not better. I am quite sure Obama supporters will cling to the fact that there is footage of him acknowledging before the law's passage that Americans might not be able to keep their coverage. But, he continued to lie about it, on camera at least 13 times after this January 2010 speech.
Even after the media began reporting he lied, Obama attempted damage control and has given speeches within this past week saying that they [him and his administration] had been saying all along that people could lose their plans. Turns out, he only said it once [but it was clearly within the context that it would be fixed before it became law] and he kept repeating the lie after the bill's passage.
This is exactly why, in my opinion, Obama has not referred to his January 2010 speech to defend himself in his recent speeches. If he made reference to it, the media would expose him again for not fixing the provisions and continuing to lie about it.