#3 If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It
When President Clinton tried to pass his health care law in 1993, Republicans rightfully pointed out that many Americans would lose their employer-based coverage and may not have been able to continue to see the doctor of their choice as a result of the plan.
Pointing this out was one of the many ways the GOP killed the Clinton effort. They also took back both houses of Congress for the first time in 50 years in the wake of its failure.
Barack Obama apparently noticed this. So, when introducing Obamacare, President Obama came out of the gate promising that no one would involuntarily lose their current coverage as a result of his plan.
Notice how he laughed a little bit? Almost in an effort to mock anyone who would dare claim that creating a massive new government, health care bureaucracy could impact anyone who didn't want it to. Silly Americans!
It was a preemptive strike and. to a large extent, it worked. Opponents of the bill rarely used this line of attack when fighting Obamacare. They should have. It would have been an accurate criticism.
As a result of Obamacare, it is estimated that millions of employers will drop their employee's health care coverage.
In many cases it will be more cost efficient for businesses to pay the fine for not offering coverage than to cover all of their employees as is now mandated by the federal government. And why not? Employers know that if they don't provide coverage, their employees can simply be dumped into one of the health care exchanges, funded with taxpayer money.
But, not all doctors will accept patients coming from the exchanges. It only stands to reason that a lot of people will have to switch doctors in order to maintain insurance coverage. So, not only will millions lose their current plan, but they will lose their family physician as well.
This trend would have been even more pronounced had Obama succeeded in passing the "Public Option" as part of the bill.
So, he wisely chose to build a false narrative on the matter, prior to being called out.