That was then. This is now:

Don’t worry! Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein is here to put your concerns to rest:

And there’s this:

Fair enough. The bottom line, though, is that rates are going higher — significantly higher — for many people (particularly affluent, healthy people) in the individual market. Yes, believe it or not, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman got it wrong. (Not the first time. Won’t be the last.)

Related:

Balanced approach: Health insurance premiums skyrocket as payroll taxes climb

Ho-ho-hope and change: Health insurance premiums skyrocket just in time for Christmas

Team Obama: Make sure your friends know how Obamacare is affecting your health insurance premiums

Put on your shocked face: Health insurance companies warn premiums could ‘increase sharply’

Not-so-Affordable Care Act: Tweeters sickened by rising health care premiums

Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweets thanks to Obamacare; Citizens: ‘My health care costs keep rising’

Ted Cruz: Has the cost of your health insurance increased? Citizens: My premium skyrocketed

Bless her heart: Donna Brazile blames ‘price gauging’ not Obamacare for rising premiums

  • nc

    Tell me about it…

    I had another thought on this subject: We’ve been hearing about how they want to add surcharges for smokers and those who are overweight, because they will “add to everyone’s cost.” But isn’t it also true that anyone can choose to pay the fine and not take the coverage? Then, if you have a medical emergency, you can go to the ER and say “sign me up” and they have to take you because there are no restrictions on pre-existing conditions? Can someone explain this to me?

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      “Can someone explain this to you?”

      No. It was written by Regressives and makes no sense, even to them.

      • Catchance

        Most liberals just don’t get why socialism doesn’t work (let alone why it’s wrong to take from one person and give to another… otherwise known as ‘stealing’).

        • Anthony Clay

          if your from chicago its not stealing, its reparations for stuff that happened 350 years ago, by people you dont know to people you dont know

        • Anthony Clay

          if your from chicago its not stealing, its reparations for stuff that happened 350 years ago, by people you dont know to people you dont know

    • Victim O Circumstance

      Of course I’m sure there are other types of behavior that would “add to everyone’s cost” that they won’t mention because it wouldn’t be politically correct.

    • Victim O Circumstance

      Of course I’m sure there are other types of behavior that would “add to everyone’s cost” that they won’t mention because it wouldn’t be politically correct.

    • camnpat

      Exactly. This is like calling your homeowner’s insurance to buy a policy while your home is on fire, and the insurer can’t say no.

      Let’s put it this way: in the 2000 pages of the bill there is only one good thing which could be used to start building actual patient centric reforms from and which involves eliminating a lot of the benefits employers get from being the primary providers of coverage. The problem is that between mandates, taxes, regulations, and goodies for different groups the other 1999 pages pretty much cancel any actual ‘reform’ that particular section of the law could have brought to the market.

    • camnpat

      Exactly. This is like calling your homeowner’s insurance to buy a policy while your home is on fire, and the insurer can’t say no.

      Let’s put it this way: in the 2000 pages of the bill there is only one good thing which could be used to start building actual patient centric reforms from and which involves eliminating a lot of the benefits employers get from being the primary providers of coverage. The problem is that between mandates, taxes, regulations, and goodies for different groups the other 1999 pages pretty much cancel any actual ‘reform’ that particular section of the law could have brought to the market.

    • Anthony Clay

      your kidding right its over a 1000 pages, there offering a 4 year degree in obamacare at the liberal institution of your choice, its true

    • Anthony Clay

      your kidding right its over a 1000 pages, there offering a 4 year degree in obamacare at the liberal institution of your choice, its true

    • Marjorie

      Have been following Twitchy for a couple of months…and enjoy many of the clever and insightful comments, I can’t help wondering though, is this POTUS really evil and controlled by some nebulous cartel…or is he just stupid?

      • nc

        Either way it’s not good.

        Actually, I think he’s been way too “lucky” to be as stupid as he appears. He obviously has lots of longtime, dug-in help. A cartel? Whatever it is, it’s bent on destroying (“remaking”) America down to the smallest detail.

  • TocksNedlog

    These are the Days of Obama’s Lies.

  • TocksNedlog

    Shorter Klein: “Sure, Obama lied, but so f*cking what?!”
    And then he proceeds to admit that the reason for the increase is to cover the costs of insuring people with preexisting conditions, while accusing conservatives of not caring about their fellow man.
    And he’s a ‘journalist’.
    Stay classy, Ezra.

  • http://www.jaredmucha.blogspot.com/ Jared Mucha

    FLASHBACK: Obama claims a lot of things. 99% of them are false, or never happen.

  • detroit19

    YAY!…what, wait a minute? Our premiums are increasing another 30% this year (up 75% since the ACA began to be implemented). Can’t wait until full implementation. Wake up, America!! National Health Service, American style is right around the corner.

  • Steve_J

    “Sweet Little Lies” is a good song. Sweet little lies, having nothing to do with nationals security, from the President are not acceptable.

  • ICOYAR

    PinocchiObama’s nose must be stretched past Proxima Centauri by now

    • Anthony Clay

      geeez thats a long way lol

    • Anthony Clay

      geeez thats a long way lol

  • Wigglesworth

    The “experts” at the CBO scored Obamacare as deficit neutral which has already turned out to be not true even though the law hasn’t been completely implemented yet. It certainly isn’t deficit neutral for people paying these massive premium increases. The next big CBO analysis if you can call it that is immigration reform.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004697500362 John Smith

      It was deficit neutral in the 1st 10 years as it took in money for 10 years and only paid for the last 7. Those 3 extra years on income without expense made it easy to be deficit neutral

  • Wigglesworth

    The “experts” at the CBO scored Obamacare as deficit neutral which has already turned out to be not true even though the law hasn’t been completely implemented yet. It certainly isn’t deficit neutral for people paying these massive premium increases. The next big CBO analysis if you can call it that is immigration reform.

  • Anthony Clay

    On the count of three, Cluster F–K of epic proportions. Open letter to eric holder. why has my health care costs tripled. response, dont know just read about it in the paper, ask lois

  • Anthony Clay

    On the count of three, Cluster F–K of epic proportions. Open letter to eric holder. why has my health care costs tripled. response, dont know just read about it in the paper, ask lois

  • Anthony Clay

    Wrote lois about increase, she plead the fifth

  • Anthony Clay

    Wrote lois about increase, she plead the fifth

  • Raye09

    This does not suprise me.
    As a young American I am bracing for the worst. I am 22 and I know it is going to be a nightmare finding a job with benefits included. No to mention I will probably never live to see the day America is finally out of crushing debt, and will be paying outrageous taxes because of what a few selfish idiots decided to do.

    I tried to explain to my “fat acceptance” feminist acquaintances that losing weight is a good idea, because there are obesity penalties included. They laughed and said “Obama wouldn’t do that!”. Ignorance is bliss.

  • gekkobear

    So he wants a plan that will “work” and won’t raise prices… but will still allow pre-existing conditions to be covered which we know will raise costs drastically.

    IF you have a costly “pre-existing condition”, you’re going to cost a lot of money with your health care. If you don’t pay a lot of money… you’re a loss.

    High costs, low payments = bankrupt.

    To avoid bankruptcy: high costs = high payments.

    He wants someone to “fix” that? So he’s going to “fix” mathematics and economics so it “works” and doesn’t charge what things cost… with government control of a large sector of the economy.

    Anyone remember when Jimmy Carter tried that with the gasoline prices? No?

    Fine, lets do it again… pay attention so you learn something this time.

    I’m tired of having to re-run this “experiment” every 30-40 years. I already know how it turns out.

    • Orlando Cee

      Obama never had a real job. I doubt he’d be able to run a lemonade stand without government support.

  • Orlando Cee

    Perhaps we should start calling it the “Affordable Care Act” again and remind people the idea was to lower costs.

    Is the truth finally sinking in for the low info voters?

  • greenLibertarian

    A handwriting analyst should examine his signature. Do the oversized ‘B’ and O’ mean he knows that he and his policies stink? :p

  • ELC

    If you believed that lie coming out of barryboy’s mouth there is always a bridge up for sale.

  • ELC

    I’m really wondering if Odumbo really knows how to count. Reductions in healthcare premiums…how does Houdini plan to accomplish that when it seems the cost will be way more than he estimated? Wait though, the premiums once in effect should go down not up. One would think that all of barryboy’s double talk has amounted to lie upon lie.

  • tops116

    I hate to break it to Ezra Klein, but “It could’ve been worse” is not going to be a winning argument when everyone’s premiums start going up. “The Right doesn’t have a plan” will also fall flat since a majority are in favor of outright repeal.