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Obama and Sebelius: Obamacare Didn't Cancel Your Plans

Posted By Amy Payne On October 31, 2013 @ 6:30 am In Front Page,Obamacare | Comments Disabled

Obamacare dictates what government-approved health insurance [1] looks like.

That’s the whole point of the law. You must buy government-approved health insurance, and the bureaucrats will tell you what it must cover.

But President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are now denying this.

Yesterday, they both came out publicly to tell America that it’s not Obamacare that’s causing you to receive a cancellation notice—it’s your insurance company.

Obama called insurance plans that are getting canceled “substandard” and said people could actually keep those plans if insurers still offered them (which they can’t under the President’s health care law). He said those plans are getting canceled only if “insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans” (which they must under the law).

>>> See stories from Foundry readers about their plans getting canceled [2]

But guess what? If your plan is canceled [3], Obamacare will bring you a “better deal,” the President said.

That likely won’t make sense to people seeing these Obamacare premium hikes in 42 states [4].

The bread and butter of Obamacare [5] is transforming health insurance, forcing Americans to buy a government-mandated product, and dictating what health care must look like.

Yet Sebelius said “This isn’t a government takeover of anything.”

Sebelius: Obamacare isn't a government takeover of anything [6]

President Obama accused Obamacare’s critics of leaving out information. But we just have to quote his words back to him on this blatant denial of Obamacare’s effects: “If you leave that stuff out, you’re being grossly misleading to say the least.”

Obama also said if people have better ideas for health reform, he’ll be happy to listen. In the next few days, The Heritage Foundation will roll out its newest ideas for health reform that puts patients ahead of bureaucrats and would actually restore choice.

Tell your friends to sign up for the Morning Bell [7] so they won’t miss the details of conservative ideas for doing health reform better.

Read the Morning Bell and more en español every day at Heritage Libertad [8].

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URLs in this post:

[1] government-approved health insurance: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/09/obamacares-insurance-exchanges-private-coverage-in-name-only

[2] >>> See stories from Foundry readers about their plans getting canceled: http://blog.heritage.org/?p=131270

[3] If your plan is canceled: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/10/29/has-your-health-insurance-plan-been-cancelled/

[4] these Obamacare premium hikes in 42 states: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/10/enrollment-in-obamacare-exchanges-how-will-your-health-insurance-fare

[5] bread and butter of Obamacare: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/01/obamacare-and-insurance-benefit-mandates-raising-premiums-and-reducing-patient-choice

[6] Image: http://blog.heritage.org/?p=131274

[7] sign up for the Morning Bell: http://www.paramountcommunication.com/heritage/index.aspx

[8] Heritage Libertad: http://www.libertad.org/

[9] Just how well is the Massachusetts law working: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/10/29/in-pictures-15-facts-president-obama-needs-to-know-about-massachusetts-healthcare-reform-when-he-visits-boston/

[10] raising taxes isn’t on the agenda: http://paulryan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=357107

[11] Here’s why.: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/10/30/happy-halloween-candy-crushing-cronyism/

[12] 7 things to like: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/362528/seven-things-about-mike-lees-heritage-speech-rich-lowry

[13] security hole: http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/29/technology/obamacare-security/index.html?section=money_mostpopular

[14] this doesn’t scare you: http://optout.org/scarycare/

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