Anxious Democrats Hit Panic Button on President’s Health Care Law

| November 8 2013

President Obama held an emergency meeting with Senate Democrats yesterday to stem what they are calling a “crisis of confidence” arising from the badly-botched rollout of his health care law, and mounting evidence that it was sold on false assurances and phony promises.  With endless stories of canceled policiesand higher premiums exposing ObamaCare for the train wreck it is, Democrats are right to be worried:

  • “For supporters of health care reform (disclosure: I’m one of them), the trend lines are bad. Every day, it gets worse.” (National Journal11/7/13)
  • “Indeed, the Affordable Care Act’s website woes, combined with millions facing the cancellation of their individual policies despite President Barack Obama’s assurances that would not happen, have put Hill Democrats in an increasingly awkward position — with no easy way out.” (Roll Call, 11/6/13)
  • “Others are pushing for legislation aimed at allowing people to keep insurance plans that are slated to be canceled next year.” (Wall Street Journal, 11/6/13)
  • “The visit underscores just how much worry there is among Senate Democrats…” (National Journal, 11/6/13)
  • “President Obama on Wednesday sought to assuage anxious Democrats who are worried that ObamaCare’s troubled rollout is going to come back to haunt them…” (Fox News, 11/6/13)
  • “Asked whether the White House’s credibility had been shot through this latest episode, one Democratic senator said: ‘You got to have it, to lose it.’” (Politico, 11/4/13)

The president’s desperate attempt at damage control doesn’t stop there.  Recently, he’s added an asterisk to his oft-repeated promise that Americans could keep the health plans they liked, claiming that promise only applies to plans in place before the law was signed. But with no less than 36 examples of the president saying otherwise, our latest video demonstrates his walk back is “a whopper.”

No matter how hard he tries to spin it, the president made a promise to the American people – and House Republicans are giving him a chance to keep it.  Next week, the House will consider the Keep Your Health Plan Act, legislation “that would allow health plans being offered today to continue into next year,” House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) writes inUSA Today, “a voluntary escape hatch that would give added flexibility for Americans who truly want to keep the plan they have.”  The president alreadypassed on the chance to keep his promise once; he owes it to the 3.5 million Americans who are losing their health care plans not to make the same mistake again.