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Offline Cincinnatus

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No apologies from House Democrats on Obamacare confusion
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:00:30 PM »
The Democrats latest "let them eat cake" moment.

House Democratic leaders are refusing to apologize for the confusion caused when millions of Americans received health insurance cancellation notices as a result of the Affordable Care Act, even after President Barack Obama's contrite press conference on the matter and a clear statement of apology last week. 

Shortly after Obama announced Thursday that he would unilaterally extend by one year the period in which insurers could offer insurance plans that do not meet new quality standards, Democrats moved to defend the “keep your plan” line.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill,the top four House Democrats -- Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Leader James Clyburn, Whip Steny Hoyer and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra -- were asked if they would apologize to any constituents who felt misled by Democrats. Each declined.

“I don’t think there’s anything for us to apologize for,” Clyburn said after explaining that once enough Americans switch to exchange-based insurance plans, they will appreciate “what they did not have” through their prior insurance plans. [emphasis added]

Keep it up, you arrogant schmucks. Please.
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Re: No apologies from House Democrats on Obamacare confusion
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 10:03:07 PM »
The Democrats latest "let them eat cake" moment. [emphasis added]

Keep it up, you arrogant schmucks. Please.

My sentiments exactly!
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Re: No apologies from House Democrats on Obamacare confusion
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2013, 10:15:59 PM »
House Democratic Leaders: We Will Not Apologize to Americans Losing Their Health Insurance

John McCormack

November 14, 2013 6:35 PM

One week ago, President Obama apologized for giving millions of Americans false assurances that they could keep their health care plans if they liked them. At a press conference Thursday evening, House Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Xavier Becerra, and Jim Clyburn were asked if they would like to apologize for making the same false claim. All of them declined.

"I don't think there's anything for us to apologize for," said Clyburn.

"There is nothing in the Affordable Care Act that said that your insurance company should cancel you," said Minority Leader Pelosi.

In fact, the Affordable Care Act says that plans created after March of 2010 must be cancelled, and the law also gave the administration the authority to write regulations that forced the cancellation of some policies that existed prior to March 2010.

"Did I ever tell my constituents that if they liked their plan they could keep it?" Pelosi asked. "I would have if I'd ever met anybody who liked his or her plan. But that was not my experience."

In fact, Pelosi's website still states: "Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them."

"As far as the Affordable Care Act is concerned, what the president said was completely accurate," Pelosi said.

At his press conference Thursday afternoon, President Obama said, "With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan, you can keep it, I think -- and I’ve said in interviews -- that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate." 

"It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise," Obama said. "We put a grandfather clause into the law, but it was insufficient."

"The problem with the grandfather clause that we put in place is it's almost like we said to folks, you got to buy a new car, even if you can't afford it right now," Obama said.

You can watch a video of Thursday's House Democratic press conference here:
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