The Liars’ Parade: Democrat Congressmen and their Obamacare Lies

| November 16 2013
Christopher Cook

Obamacare was sold on lies. Not “fibs.” Not “misleading statements.” Lies.

My favorite is from Arizona’s own Raul Grijalva, where he says “No one is forced to do anything.”

What? WHAT?!!

Obamacare is all about force. It’s nothing but force. People are forced to buy insurance or pay a fine. (Er, I mean, a “tax.” Sorry about that, Chief Justice Roberts.) Insurance companies are forced to cover things they may not want to cover, or that people may not want them to cover. Voluntary transactions between willing individuals are replaced by coercion and force. Take the force out of Obamacare and there is nothing left.

Now, without further preamble, here is the parade of lying liars and the lies they tell.

Rep. Butterfield: “For North Carolinians who already have health insurance, the only changes you will see under the Affordable Care Act are new benefits, better protections from insurance company abuses, and more value for every dollar you spend on health care. If you like your plan you can keep it, and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.” (“Health Care Resources,” as seen on 10/24/2013)

Rep. Cárdenas:  “If you have insurance right now, your plan stays the same. This means if you get your health insurance through work, if you have Medicare or if you are a member of California Healthy Families, you keep that coverage.” (“What Valley Residents Need to Know about Health Care Reform”)

Rep. Castor: “…If you like your health insurance, you can keep it. Keep your current doctor as you see fit.” (“What Does Health Insurance Reform Mean for You?”)

“Nothing in this bill will force you to drop your current coverage. Rest assured, if you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” (Press Release, 7/31/2009)

Rep. Clarke: “IF YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE…You can keep your doctor and your plan.” (“What Health Care Reform Means for You”)

Rep. Clay: “Under the legislation, individuals and families with employer-based coverage can keep the health insurance coverage they have now, and it will get better.” (Congressman Clay’s Capitol Hill Report, 11/10/09)

Rep. Cleaver: “I am committed to a health care plan that covers every single American, reduces the cost of care, allows people to keep their insurance if they like” (Press Release, 8/20/2009)

Rep. Connolly: “I already have insurance through an employer, a union, Medicare, Medicaid, TriCare, the VA, COBRA, or a retirement plan. Do I need to do anything? No. If you have coverage from any of these sources, you can keep it. Nothing in the Affordable Care Act requires you to change plans.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Conyers: “Your premiums and other costs will not increase as a result of health care reform and if you like the coverage you have now, you’ll be able to keep it. In fact, you’ll get some additional help paying for premiums and out-of-pocket costs.” (“How Will Obamacare Affect Me?” Questionnaire)

Rep. Costa: “I currently have an insurance plan that works. How will the new health care law affect me? Health reform protects existing coverage, and encourages employers to maintain it. It also improves current coverage by strengthening consumer protections.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Crowley: “Our health care plan provides stability and security for those who have health insurance.  If you like what you have, you can keep it.” (Press Release, 11/7/2009)

Rep. Cuellar: “Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them.” (Health Care Reform Summary, prepared by House Democratic Leadership, 8/10/2009)

Rep. Davis, Danny: “It protects current coverage allowing individuals to keep the insurance they have if they like it and preserves choice of doctors, hospitals, and health plans. It achieves these reforms through…” (Health Care Reform Summary)

Rep. DeFazio: “The legislation is not a government takeover of health care. It will not get between anyone and their doctor. If you have insurance, you can keep your current plan.” (Press Release, 3/24/2010)

Rep. DeGetteNot a quote attributed to her, but part of a news article she posted on her website: “Mr. Obama has said repeatedly, as he told the American Medical Association in June: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” These assurances reflect an aspiration, but may not be literally true or enforceable.” (In the News, 8/10/2009)

Rep. Deutch: “If you have job-based health insurance you like, you can keep it.” (Health Care FAQ)

Rep. Doggett: “If you already have coverage through your employer, Medicare, TRICARE, or some other source, you can keep that insurance and you are not required to buy additional coverage.” (The Affordable Care Act)

Rep. Ellison: “If you like the insurance you have, you can keep it. Don’t listen to that stuff you heard in the last hour, Mr. Speaker. The truth is, you get to keep your health insurance if that’s what you want.” (Floor Speech)

Rep. Engel: “This is a great day for all Americans from all walks of life – seniors, youth, the sick and the healthy. If you have health insurance, you can keep your doctor and your health plan. You like it, you keep it. It’s that simple.” (Press Release, 11/9/2009)

Rep. Eshoo: “Q. My employer already provides coverage for me and my family and I like my plan. Do I need to do anything differently? A. No. You just keep the coverage you have.” (Press Release, as seen on 10/22/2013)

Rep. Farr: “If you have job-based health insurance you like, you can keep it. You’re considered covered. You may be able to change to Marketplace coverage if you prefer.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Fattah: ““This plan means that those who are satisfied with their current coverage and doctor can keep their plan and their physician.  However, if they aren’t happy with their coverage then this plan will help them find and afford quality healthcare.” (Press Release, 7/14/2009)

Rep. Garamendi: “Just six months after our historic health insurance reforms were signed into law, important consumer protections are going into effect.  These protections mean that never again will your insurance run out or be taken away from you when you need it the most.” (Press Release, 10/20/2010)

Rep. Green, Gene: “If you have job-based health insurance you like, you can keep it. In fact, with new regulations and standards, the insurance you currently have will include new consumer protections like no lifetime limits, minimum coverage standards, and limits on administrative costs.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Grijalva: “No one is forced to do anything. The entire premise of this legislation is to build on what works in today’s system. If you have employer sponsored health care today – as do most insured people – than little to nothing will change, except that your premiums will no longer subsidize coverage for the uninsured. If you are covered in the individual insurance market, you can keep your plan permanently and it will count as acceptable coverage even if it doesn’t meet those terms under the new law.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Hastings (FL): “Individuals who already have health insurance through their employers or are self-insured will keep their insurance. There is absolutely no provision within the ACA that would remove existing coverage from individuals and families. Furthermore, the law will make existing plans more secure and affordable.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Honda: “Under the bill, if you are covered by a large employer, you are not likely to see many changes to your healthcare coverage.” (Blog Release, 4/5/2010)

Rep. Hoyer: “We need to build upon the current system of employer-sponsored care, with a system that provides patients their choice of insurance coverage and their choice of doctors. In other words, if you like what you have, you should be able to keep it.” (Town Hall Meeting, 4/21/2009)

Rep. Jeffries: “But I’m happy with my health care.  What does this change for me?

Nothing. You can keep the plan you have, and will enjoy many of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, including the prohibiting of insurance companies from dropping your coverage just because you are sick.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Johnson (GA): “It is important to note that nothing will change for those who are happy with the insurance they already have from their employer, seniors on Medicare, TRICARE or people on Medicaid.” (E-Newsletter, 7/24/2013)

Rep. Johnson, E. B.: “If you have health insurance you like, I want you to be able to keep it,” she continued.” (Telephone Townhall, 5/6/2009)

Rep. Kaptur: “The goal is to try to get you into a plan that you pick, where you feel you have very carefully monitored care, that you participate in, so nobody’s left out, nobody’s rejected and you have choices. That sounds like a much better system than we have today for so many people. If you like what you have, you keep it…” (Press Release)

“The whole intention of the law is to relieve some of the worries that seniors face,” Congresswoman Kaptur said.  And, “you keep the insurance that you have if you like it.” (Telephone Townhall)

Rep. Kennedy: “If you have job-based health insurance you like, it is not necessary to change your plan. You may be able to change to Marketplace coverage if you prefer. Any job-based health plan you currently have qualifies as minimum essential coverage.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Kind: “In order to increase access to affordable coverage we must make sure no one is denied coverage, specifically due to pre-existing conditions.  Reform seeks to build on the existing system so that if you like your employer sponsored health insurance, you can keep it.” (Press Release, 7/22/2009)

Rep. Langevin: “Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them.” (Newsletter, 8/10/2009)

Rep. Larsen (WA): “This bill will give the power back to the American consumer. It preserves choice and creates competition in the insurance market. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you change jobs, you can keep your coverage.” (Press Release, 3/21/2010)

Rep. Larson (CT) “I am committed to health care reform that allows you to keep your current plan if you like it, reform that puts you and your doctor in charge of your care. The cost of inaction on health care will continue to debilitate our families, small businesses, and our nation.” (Press Release, 8/24/2009)

Rep. Levin: “If you like your current health plan, you will be able to keep it.  But it is clear that our nation wants us to fix what’s not working by reducing costs, increasing prevention, improving quality, and covering uninsured Americans,” said Rep. Levin.” (Press Release, 6/9/2009)

Rep. Lewis: “This bill does not replace employer-sponsored coverage, it actually adds to the choices people have. If people like their insurance, they can keep it.” (E-Newsletter, 10/10/2009)

Rep. Lujan Grisham (NM): “If you are already receiving coverage through eligible employer-sponsored insurance, eligible individual insurance, grandfathered health plans, and federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, VA Health Care, CHIP and others, you do not need to purchase new health insurance.” (Blog Post, 11/6/2013)

Rep. Matsui: “If you are insured and already have a “qualified” health insurance plan through your employer, nothing changes.  You can keep your plan.  You can keep your doctor.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. McNerney: “Reforming health care is a fiscally responsible course of action that will build on the best of the American system by making sure people can keep their current insurance if they like it and choose what doctors they want see.” (Press Release, 3/22/2010)

Rep. Miller, George: “If you get insurance through your job or have Medicare, you don’t need to do anything — you can keep your insurance.” (Blog Post, 9/30/2013)

Rep. Nolan: “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. And in fact, you’ll get a host of other built-in new consumer protections.” (ACA Resources)

Rep. Palone: “Our health plan fulfills commitments made by this Congress and President Obama to reform health care. The plan … Keeping your doctor and your plan if you like them.” (Press Release, 7/19/2009)

Rep. PocanI have health insurance from my employer, and I like the plan that I have. Do I get to keep it? “You can keep the plan you have, and will enjoy many of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, including the prohibiting of insurance companies from dropping your coverage just because you got sick.” (ACA FAQ)

Rep. Polis: “If you are currently insured and like the plan you have, you’ll likely be able to stick with your current plan.” (“Obamacare Enrollment Begins Today,” 10/1/2013)

Rep. Price (NC): “Just as in the past, if you like your doctor, you can choose to stay with your doctor.” (Constituent Mailing, 7/14/2013)

Rep. Quigley: “Allows you to keep your coverage and doctor if you like them.” (Press Release, 8/20/2009)

Rep. Rangel: “This plan tells every American – if you have coverage and a doctor you like, keep it.” (Press Release, 7/15/2009)

Rep. Sarbanes: “Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them.” (Health Care Reform E-Newsletter, 8/12/2009)

Rep. Schwartz: “If you already have health coverage you like, you can keep it.” (ACA: Update)

Rep. Sires: “If people like their current plans, they will be able to keep them.” (Constituent Mailing)

Rep. Swalwell (CA): “If you have employer-provided health insurance, public program insurance such as Medicare, or are a veteran receiving VA health care, you are considered covered and can keep your current plan.” (ACA FAQ)

Rep. Tsongas: The legislation takes significant steps towards covering all Americans, while enabling anyone happy with their current plan to keep it.” (Press Release, 3/21/2010)

Rep. Van Hollen: “If you like your doctor and your plan, you can keep them.” (Press Release, 7/14/2009)

Rep. Wasserman Schultz: “Let me be clear: if you like your current plan, you’ll be able to keep it. Rather, we will build on our current system, so we can give you the freedom to choose what works best for you and your family. If you like your doctor, keep your doctor. If you like your current plan, keep your current plan. If you don’t, or if you don’t have one, then get one that works for you.” (Press Release, 7/1/2009)

Rep. Watt: “Under the ACA, those who already have health insurance coverage under the following plans will continue to enjoy their coverage without interruption and without taking any action: Employer-sponsored plans” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Waxman: “If you like your doctor and your current plan, you keep them. But we fundamentally reform the insurance company practices that are failing our families.” (Press Release, 3/21/2013)

Rep. Welch: “Under the legislation, individuals with insurance can keep the coverage they have now, and it will get better.” (Obamacare FAQ)

Rep. Yarmuth: “Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them.” (Obamacare FAQ, as seen on August 23, 2013)

4 comments
rofomoreno
rofomoreno

There are 70 Congressional Democrats who are active members of the Democratic Socialists of America. 

Of the 61 congressmen and women listed as eager and early supporters of Obamacare, 28 are members of the DSA, the largest Socialist organization in America of which Congressman Raul Grijalva AZ-CD3 (Tucson, Yuma, Buckeye) is the current sitting Chair. 

rofomoreno
rofomoreno

@WesternFreePress @rofomorenoYes, you can find a multitude of sources of info by searching or going to the links:

More disturbing than this is that almost no Republican will dare to use these truths to point to the deadly failures and atrocities of Socialism and Communism.   

FYI: Congressman Ed Pastor has represented the Maryvale area for 22 years. Prior to that, 6 yrs as a Maricopa County Supervisor. His political debut coincided with the years leading up to the Simpson-Mazolli Act, '86 (Illegal Immigration, Amnesty). Since his public appearance, Maryvale has deteriorated year by year, equally as dangerous as East L.A.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@rofomoreno It's all very disturbing. And the fact that no one just says the truth----why? 

Oh, and we have a friend who teaches in Maryvale. Bad scene.