Oh, for fuck's sake.
These "plans" that are being cancelled are bullshit POS "insurance" in name only. Come on, a 58-year-old with a $150 a month plan that covers hospitalization and maybe chemotherapy? Does this idiot have any idea of what happens when one is diagnosed with cancer? Well, ring, ring, clue phone. If you end up in the hospital for even a few days, you're going to be billed for the doctors, the nurses, the specialists, the daily lab tests, the daily x-rays/ultrasounds/MRIs, drugs and whatever else. This fabulous plan will cover the cost of the room, which the hospital has a contract negotiated with the insurer for probably less than $100 a day. In the end, the "insured" is going to be billed hundreds of thousands of dollars. So basically, this idiot is paying $150 a month to save maybe a couple of thousand dollars off a half-million dollar health incident bill.
And this is exactly what Obamacare was designed to stop. It's criminal that our healthcare system bleeds people dry (forgive the pun) and one serious illness wipes out a lifetime of savings, and then some. When my father was diagnosed with colon cancer, we thanked man-in-sky my mother's insurance covered him. In the 14 months between diagnosis and his death, the care was over a million dollars. If they didn't have union-negotiated and guaranteed insurance, my mother would be living with my brother or myself today, broke, and so deeply in debt she would die before paying it off.
Did the President lie? I don't think so. I think he counted on insurance companies bringing policies up to par, probably based on talks he had with them. But who owns and runs the insurance companies? Oh, that's right, Pubbies like the fucking god-damn Koch brothers, owners of Cancer Centers of America along with a host of insurers and healthcare institutions. Just like the law was written to hold Medicaid money over the states' heads to get them to set up exchanges, only to have the most activist Supreme Court in the history of the nation say that mechanism was unconstitutional. Like we've never incentivized the states to agree to Federal policy... oh wait, the Feds routinely withhold highway transportation funds to force the states' hands on matters like the drinking age and speed limits. You know, stuff for the good of the poeple, like... health insurance. For the poor, working poor, and a level playing field for all.
So now we have insurance companies reneging on their agreements with and blaming the Administration, with the rightwing echo chamber going ballistic with the "HE LIED!" screed.
Well, you know what? I'll Barack Obama's "lie" that I can keep my insurance policy if I want, any day of the week over "Saddam has weapons of mass destruction." Really, which is worse: up to 10 million Americans being inconvenienced to look for new insurance, probably better coverage, at a lower cost that a comparable plan would cost today, or; 4,000+ dead Americans, tens of thousands maimed, hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, at least $1.6 trillion in direct warfare costs, plus the $trillions coming in caring for wounded veterans?
Has this country lost its mind?