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Monday, August 17, 2009

Obama: You "More than Likely" Won't Lose Your Insurance

Republicans have been quick to point out that under the Democrats' big government health "reform" plan, millions of Americans could be forced out of their health insurance plan and onto the government plan. Interestingly, here's what Barack Obama had to say in a bit of a Freudian slip on the issue a few days ago:

"The only point I want to make about this is, whether you're for or against a public option, just understand that the public option is not a government takeover of health insurance. Everybody here who still has -- who has currently private insurance, you know, you would more than likely still be on your private insurance plan. Employers wouldn't stop suddenly providing health insurance." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Town Hall On Health Insurance Reform, Belgrade, MT, 8/14/09)

"More than likely."

How reassuring.

The "more than likely" standard runs counter to what Obama and the Democrats have been claiming all along, like when he said, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Town Hall On Health Insurance Reform, Portsmouth, NH, 8/11/09)

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, the reality is that under their plan over 88 million people could be forced onto government-run health insurance. "Under current law, there will be about 158.1 million people who are covered under an employer plan as workers, dependents or early retirees in 2011. If the act were fully implemented in that year, about 88.1 million workers would shift from private employer insurance to the public plan." (John Shelis, Vice President, Lewin Group, "Analysis Of The July 15 draft Of The American Affordable Health Choices Act Of 2009," 7/23/09)

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