Yesterday marked 6 months since President Obama signed into law the so-called Affordable Health Care Act and the start of what many in the liberal media are calling the start of “health care relief” for millions of Americans. The NYT has gone as far as giving big-sis HHS an “A” and insurers a “D.” A cynical person might questions the sanity of the Times but we’ll leave that to you;)
This week the President proclaimed when it comes to implementing the new health care law we can’t go back.
Yes we can.
Contrary to President Obama, turning back doesn’t mean denying people with cancer or Alzheimer’s or eating disorders access to reasonably affordable coverage or allowing children who graduate college to stay on their parents health plan until they find a job. And it doesn’t mean prohibiting people from choosing to purchase insurance without lifetime limits.
President Obama kicked off the start of a five year $125 million campaign to sell health care reform. I hope for his sake the campaign goes better than the implementation of the new law. Here’s what the President promised seniors this week.
“Your guaranteed Medicare benefits that you’ve earned will not change, regardless of whether you receive them through Medicare or Medicare Advantage.
Medicare will continue to cover your costs the way it always has.
If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. ”
Here are the facts behind the salesmanship…
According to The Politico, HHS is quickly becoming a campaign organization for congressional Democrats: The Obama administration Tuesday night gave more shape to its health reform selling strategy: Focus on the early roll-out of tangible benefits and, if all goes as planned, win over a skeptical public more than any argument ever could.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is leading this effort. The Cabinet officer most responsible for implementing reform, has said she expects the process to involve “hand-to-hand combat” in the roll-out of reform.
In a stunning investigative report, CNN has uncovered documents from four major companies including Verizon and AT&T that confirm our worst fears – companies are seriously considering dropping employee health care benefits in the wake of the reform bill.