Letter: Easy explanation

December 28, 2013


To the editor:

Tom Moskow and many others have accused President Obama of lying when he said people could keep their health insurance plans after implementation of the Affordable Care Act. When insurance companies terminated plans, Obama was blamed, but the responsibility belongs to the insurance companies.

As Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research has written, plans that existed when ACA was passed were grandfathered in. Most of the recently canceled plans were new ones that were offered after the legislation’s passage by companies that knew the new plans did not comply with the ACA and would soon be canceled.

Why this is too complicated for Obama to explain is a mystery to me.


Scott Burkhart 4 years, 3 months ago

Sorry, Maggie, it just doesn't wash. The ACA was a 2000+ page bill that was rammed through Congress and then passed on a technicality that only required a simple majority. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the temerity to say we needed to pass it to see what was in it. Surely, even the most partisan Democrat can see how obtuse that sounds. The only way the President could garner enough support for this bill and give cover to the congressional democrats that supported it, was to go out and lie about it. A more appropriate statement would have been, "You can keep your healthcare insurance as long as my administration, who is writing the rules on this, deems that it is an acceptable plan." The government has a poor track record on running anything efficiently and everybody that thought this would be different should have their heads examined.

This "Big Government" model that libs have had between their ears, for so many years now, works in only one place. Between their ears. It always falls apart in real life because it does not reward achievement. It removes competition which makes a market more efficient. Prime example: China has been manipulating this "Controlled Capitalistic" market approach for several years now. Their whole system is on the verge of collapse for a variety of reasons, chief among them is free markets need to be free to find their own balance.

Health insurance is not a right. It is not an entitlement that the government should provide. Healthcare is, however, something that every individual should have access to if they want it.

Bob Smith 4 years, 3 months ago

Now the plans that used to be unacceptable have, by imperial decree, been made acceptable again. Whatever will that scamp at 1600 Penn Ave. think of next?

Brock Masters 4 years, 3 months ago

Why is it too complicated for Obama to explain? Simple, because it isn't true.

Julius Nolan 4 years, 3 months ago

See all the Fox News junkies and Obama haters are alive and screaming today. as usual.

Brock Masters 4 years, 3 months ago

And as usual , attack the people and not the issue. Still waiting for you to answer yes or no if Obama lied when people said they could keep their plans.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 3 months ago

Ahhhhh, the old, "Liar, liar, pants on fire," retort. Very clever, Julius. I think I will respond with, "I know you are but what am I?

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 3 months ago

Now you say, "I'm rubber your glue, everything you say to me bounces off me and sticks to you!" See how this whole playground, second grade, name calling thing evolves? By the way, did someone from FOX News float a feces in your punchbowl at your last holiday gathering or something? You seem to have this, "I hate FOX News," thing going.

Brock Masters 4 years, 3 months ago

The Fox News talking point as a method to try and discredit anyone who criticizes Obama is so tired and worn out.

I can't speak for others, but I don't watch Fox News or listen to Rush. I use multiple sources for information and formulate my own informed opinions.

The ACA was poorly written and implemented. If it wasn't, then there would be no need to delay enforcement of the employer mandate or extend deadlines to sign up.

The worse is yet to come because like a Ponzi scheme there will not be enough young people enrolled to keep it sustainablle.

Abdu Omar 4 years, 3 months ago

I have asked this a million times: We needed healthcare reform, so what did the Republicans come up with?


They stood by and let this bill, that they now criticise, and did nothing to present an opposing bill or an opposing idea that would work better. Now it is sour grapes. I am sorry, this is the law, and if it doesn't work, tweak it until it does instead of wanting to start all over again and give the American people NOTHING. The whole goal was to provide a service to the people, but the repubs goal is to sabotage everything Obama does. Isn't this the childish playground tactic that was spoken aboout above. We need this bill, but we need it to work, So tweak it and make it work.

Brock Masters 4 years, 3 months ago

Abdu, there is no way I can rally behind the GOP. They are hypocrites, spineless, prone to overspending and war mongers in general.

However, the ACA legislation was passed in a manner not conducive to debate and amendments. And, there are those, myself included, that believe another government health program is wrong and unconstitutional Consequently, we don't want the law fixed, we want it repealed.

This doesn't mean I am not for reforming health care and looking at ways to make health care accessible but not by having the government administer it. Tort reform, being able to sell insurance across state lines, having the states, if they chose offer an ACA type program, but not the federal government

Yes, I know the SCOTUS ruled it constitutional but I think they got it wrong. And relying on the general welfare clause is dangerous. It gives the federal government nearly unlimited power.

If, as predicted, the ACA implodes, will you support a government bailout of the insurance companies? The law is a bad law and should not have been passed. I support its repeal.

Joshua Cain 4 years, 3 months ago

The Republicans tried to tweak it....legally. Then the administration goes and illegally makes changes to the law, changes the Republicans tried to make. Look the Republicans are a disaster...and to a lesser degree so are the democrats but the Republicans were right in trying to delay the individual mandate and give extensions/exemptions to those that had their plans changed as a result of the implementation of the ACA.

If the law as passed was being implemented...the employer mandate, small business mandate, etc. the Dems would lose the Senate for sure in 14. Now that the Administration has delayed portions of the law illegally they stand a chance to maintain control.

""So, let me get this straight. This is a long sentence. We're going to be gifted with a health-care plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don't, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee, whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes, with funding administered by a Treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted social security and medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke. So what the blank could possibly go wrong?" - Dr. Barbara Bellar

So far there is nothing about this law's implementation that offers anyone any confidence in it's success. If you can't implement the law as passed and won't allow changes to it legally...no law is better than a bad law.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 3 months ago

The ALEC right wing party will be trying to defeat Obama Care till it is gone. The press puts on this front that the ALEC party is perhaps conceding BUT remember this an election year. The ALEC right wing party are masters of deception and once taking control of the house and senate Obamacare will be gone. Reckless and destruction is their platform no matter what it cost USA citizens whether as consumers or taxpayers.

Sam ALEC Brownback will never change his position and speaks in vague terms - whatever it takes to fool the voters.

The ALEC Right Wing Party loves the previous status quo was leaving more than 50 million without insurance not necessarily by choice and a lot by discrimination. This one will do better.

However what the country needs is what Libby,Montana has as we speak. Aka Medicare Single Payer Insurance at no extra cost to the population. Tax dollars are covering the cost which is excellent use of OUR tax dollars. That's right just work the cost into the budget. Or bill every family $100 per month for the best insurance in the world which provides all to the best medical care in the world. The best deal would be to pull the money from the trillions in taxes the USA collects annually.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 3 months ago

Medical doctors graduate from medical schools each year from every college in every state no matter what. This is not going to change. This profession pays well and will always pay well.

If so many were not evading taxes the USA would not need 16,000 IRS agents. Obviously there must be plenty of work.

The ALEC Right Wing Party is not trying to delay anything. They are trying to kill Obamacare that is the plan. To this day and tomorrow that is the plan.

And they are still wanting to kill public education,Social Security Insurance,Medicare Insurance Medicaid,military pensions and the overall economy.

The ALEC Right Wing Agenda has been in place for as long as Sam Brownback has been an elected or appointed official which is about 30 years. Sam loves those tax dollar supported paychecks and retirement benefits.

Kansas Citizens deserve Medicaid as is interpreted by the federal government. If Kansas legislators refuse to cooperate the federal government should provide a means and don't send Sam Brownback any tax dollars for which he can spend in other places.

The Kansas State government should be subject to an audit in which to discover how taxes are being spent.

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