Now that the president’s promise that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” has been exposed as a lie, the White House and its messengers are rolling out a new line: maybe you really don’t like your existing plan as much as you think you do. Business Insider’s Josh Barro recently wrote that “there are a lot of health plans that Americans shouldn’t be able to keep,” so that cancellation notice in the mail is good news.
Yesterday, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher sent out a similar message in response to a CBS News report on Dianne Barrette, a 56-year-old woman who claimed her plan was increasing from $54 a month to $591 a month. An increase of more than 10 times certainly seems drastic, but as Christopher notes, Barrette’s $54 policy “barely qualifies as insurance.” In fact, it’s “junk insurance,” writes Christopher, and “Dianne Barrette has no idea what her plan covers.”
“It’s entirely possible that now-healthy Dianne is ‘happy’ with this plan, but the whole idea behind the Affordable Care Act is that the rest of us are not happy having to pick up the tab if Dianne gets a disease, has an accident, or otherwise needs to go to the hospital,” writes Christopher. Odd: we thought the whole idea was to insure the uninsured, while allowing the insured to keep their plans and doctors.
PJ Media editor David Steinberg stood up for the “CBS lady.”
You know who’s the country’s foremost expert on health insurance? Barack Obama.
Got that? If you like your plan and received a cancellation notice, you’re better off. You don’t know it yet, but you are.
That’s the next logical step, right? In the meantime, it’s time to stop worrying and love your cancellation notice. It’s for your own good.