The Obamacare Blame Game
Health insurers should defend themselves against Obama’s lies and intimidation.

President Obama campaigns for the ACA in Dallas, Texas, on November 6.


Deroy Murdock

Insurers are obeying Obamacare’s Section 2707:

A health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the individual or small group market shall ensure that such coverage includes the essential health benefits package required under section 1302(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

These ten new treatment categories include hearing aids, pediatric dentistry, eyeglasses for children, drug-addiction services, psychiatric care, and other things that not everyone wants or needs. And once every plan features these pricey “essentials,” Obama’s promise of “affordable” care craters, too.

Any plan that lacks these goodies and was sold after Obamacare was signed on March 23, 2010, cannot be grandfathered and, therefore, must be canceled before January 1, 2014. Obama concealed this detail when he said during the October 4, 2012, presidential debate: “If you’ve got health insurance, it doesn’t mean a government takeover. You keep your own insurance.” Obama told this lie more than two years and three months after the Federal Register published the June 17, 2010, “grandfathering” regulations that then contradicted his debate comment and today propel the outbreak of insurance cancellations.

For those whose coverage predates Obamacare, federal law now mandates that if such plans have changed ever so slightly (say, a $5.00 copayment boost), they become ungrandfathered and cannot be renewed after December 31, 2013. This rigid no-change rule is like telling someone to hold his breath and then smacking him when he tries to inhale.

Rather than let Obama slap them around in public, the top ten health-insurance CEOs should man up, hold a joint press conference, and slam Obama’s destructive, self-serving lies. If these executives hang together, it will be tough for America’s Thug-in-Chief to hang them separately.

Meanwhile, these insurers should regret having been in bed with Obama as Obamacare was conceived. They backed Obamacare in exchange for the individual mandate, which harnesses government coercion to drive new customers into the insurers’ loving arms. Now insurers find their ex-paramour badmouthing them as the root cause of every Obamacare snafu.

“Just a reminder,” former governor Haley Barbour (R., Miss.) told Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday. “Never pay the cannibals to eat you last.”

— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.