Oregon Senator Merkley Taken To Task On Obamacare

Published on Jan 3, 2014

“If you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley attempts to defend the most egregious lie from the Obama administration and his lackeys in the Senate and House, as a fed up constituent hits him with the tough questions at a town hall.

h/t Laughing at Liberals

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Little People, Big Lie – Obamacare Cancels Healthcare for Stars of “Little People, Big World”

Posted by Oregon Media Watchdog on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Obamacare has forced the health care cancellation of the stars of the television show “Little People, Big World” according family patriarch and Oregon businessman Matt Roloff.

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From Matt’s official Facebook page: “Today I got the dreaded letter in the mail telling us our company Health care plan is being eliminated. (Up to this point ..I thought it was just scare tactics) We’ve been paying our own Health Care for many, many years due to pre-existing conditions etc etc. Now they are forcing my provider to cancel me?? How is this reform? I thought it was suppose to help those that couldn’t afford care to find it… How is canceling those that can.. going to accomplish that?? I’m confused.”

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Matt is an American success story with a diverse career as an actor, author, farmer, speaker and businessman. He is best known for participating with his family on TLC’s “Little People, Big World” and beloved locally by thousands of visitors to their amazing farm. Matt, his wife Amy and one of their four children have dwarfism.

Sadly, this story is just one of millions playing out all over the country to Americans that were promised by President Obama that if they liked their insurance they could keep it. In this case, all we can say is “Little People, Big Lie”.

h/t Oregon Tea Party PAC

UPDATE: Insurance Company Plan Renewal Deadline Approaching

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Update and Correction:

Steve Buckstein, policy analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute recently pointed out that the story, as reported by KGW, was incorrect in their assertion that individuals would have until November 22nd, 2013 to inform the state whether they intended to keep their plan. The site has since fixed the error, clarifying that it is the insurance companies themselves that need to do this.

As far as individuals needing to report whether they want to keep their plan, it is uncertain whether individuals will need to report to the state or Cover Oregon to keep their cancelled plan. It is recommended that individuals facing cancellation contact their insurance provider and remind them to contact the State of Oregon before Friday, November 22nd.

Buckstein, in a comment on the incorrect article, observed that “even though it’s not quite as bad as it could have been, for most people this is still a great insight into the incompetence of government and a warning not to let government run anything that’s so important to our lives.”

Original Story: Across the nation, massive controversy was spawned when a promise made by nation’s president and other public servants in favor of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that, if Americans liked the insurance plan, they had they could keep it, was proven to be false. In Oregon alone, 150,000 people found their insurance plans facing impending cancellation due to the plan being “nonconforming” to ACA standards.

Now, in the wake of public blowback, healthcare exchanges across the nation, including Oregon’s own healthcare marketplace Cover Oregon, are scrambling to do damage control, and have agreed to allow private citizens the right to renew their plans – at least, on a limited basis. However, the offer only allows five days for Oregonians to inform Cover Oregon about their intent, ending on November 22nd, 2013. This is made much more difficult due to the fact that neither Cover Oregon nor the mainstream Oregon news stations are particularly concerned about mentioning this any more than they need to.

The article is not displayed anywhere on the front page of the websites for KGW, KOIN, KATU, The Oregonian, and The Statesman Journal. It has been buried by the news cycle. This is very inconvenient for many, who will likely not hear about the potential to keep the insurance plan they liked until it is too late to do anything about it.

This lackluster exception barely solves the insurance problem and it also is a gross violation of personal liberty following the same thought as the initial controversy.

The question is raised: why is it the government’s decision what plans can and can not be purchased by a private citizen? If a private citizen feels that they only need a small amount of health insurance – perhaps a catastrophic insurance plan – but it is deemed “nonconforming” and “unsatisfactory” by the federal government, why does that government have the override capability to instead determine the needs of that private citizen for them?

There is a large difference between a healthcare plan that controls the healthcare decisions of American citizens and a plan that provides insurance for those who have been going without. The American Healthcare Reform Act, revealed in September 2013 during the government shutdown debacle, attempted to do this. Some claim it was too late.

Regardless, the abject failure of Cover Oregon to register even a single person, despite 18,000 backed up paper applications (due to an inoperable website), the similar nationwide chaos with the other state-based exchanges, and the new revelations that “keep your plan” was a marketing tactic and not a truthful statement suggest that maybe later is better than never.

For now, it remains to be seen whether the “limited” quantifier on the healthcare exchanges’ decision to hold to their initial promise will lead to a withdrawal of citizen rights in the future. If you want to keep your plan, you need to contact your state’s healthcare exchange by Friday, November 22nd, 2013. Make sure you insist on confirmation that your plan will be kept – with the reluctance of the exchanges to make an effort to promote this, anything is possible.

You can contact your healthcare exchange in a number of ways to tell them that you like your plan and want to keep it, just like they said.

Oregon – Cover Oregon

Washington State – Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Idaho – Your Health Idaho

It is recommended that you call Cover Oregon, due to their website remaining inoperable.

h/t Ben Nanke at WatchdogWire.com 

President Obama in 2010: HealthCare.gov “Easy To Use”

From the White House Blog:

“It’s not every day that the President takes time out of his schedule to record a video about a website.  But that’s just what happened with HealthCare.gov, the new consumer-oriented website from the Department of Health and Human Services.  In the video, he shows how anyone can learn about new rights and benefits available to them as a result of health reform law, and, for the first time ever, see all their insurance coverage options in one place.  Check it out:

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Making useful, easy-to-use information available online is a priority for this Administration.  And putting power back into the hands of Americans is a primary focus for the President.  HealthCare.gov accomplishes both.  So, take a moment and check it out.

And don’t forget to leave your feedback in the yellow boxes throughout the site.  The team at HHS is reviewing them on a regular basis and it’s a great way to help make HealthCare.gov a better resource for all of us.”

Democrat Voters Confused: “I Didn’t Realize I Would Be The One Who Was Going to Pay For It Personally”

October 8, 2013 by Mac Slavo | D.C. Clothesline

Dazed and ConfusedBack in 2008, when then-candidate Obama promised Joe the Plumber and the rest of America that he intended to spread the wealth around, most democrat and liberal voters embraced the notion of wealth redistribution under the guise of equality. A universal health care plan, that would be free for all Americans, was the promise from the candidate of hope and change.

Tens of millions of Americans jumped on the bandwagon waving their flags, fainting at his appearances, and fawning over his every word.

None ever thought about where the money would come from for all this new found wealth he promised to bestow upon them.

But those who understand that socialism, communism and governance by the collective are failed experiments, warned where that money would come from. It would be taken by force from the toils of the middle class, and it’d impoverish them in the process.

Now the myrmidons who once vehemently supported the policies of President Barack Obama without question are coming to the realization that when Obama spoke about spreading the wealth he actually meant their wealth too!

Cindy Vinson is one such supporter. This month, like many Americans who have health insurance through their employer or private insurers, Vinson got an unwanted awakening to the reality of government sponsored wealth confiscation and redistribution:

Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurancethey were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.

“I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.

“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”

Both Vinson and Waschura have adjusted gross incomes greater than four times the federal poverty level — the cutoff for a tax credit. And while both said they anticipated their rates would go up, they didn’t realize they would rise so much.

“Of course, I want people to have health care,” Vinson said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”

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