Barack Obama on the stump promoting Obamacare in 2009:
Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you. First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.
Now the promises of 2009 meet the reality of 2012. The findings of a new report out of the House of Representatives, as reported by the Daily Caller:
A new report prepared by Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee suggests that companies would save billions of dollars by ending health insurance coverage for employees under Presidents Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
Based on an analysis of health care data received from 71 of the America’s Fortune 100 companies, the report found that if the companies terminate insurance coverage in favor of paying the $2,000 per employee penalty, they would incur a financial benefit.
According to the report, companies surveyed would save on average $400 million — or a total of $28.6 billion in 2014 — simply by putting their employees on the government exchanges.
Between 2014 and 2023, the report says, the average savings per company would be nearly $6 billion, a total savings of $422.4 billion.
This, of course, was the problem all along. Whether or not "you" keep your plan is inextricably tied to whether or not "you" pay for your plan. If, like about 45 percent of Americans (according to the most recent Gallup numbers), you receive your insurance through your employer, the decision isn't yours to make.
Points to the president for honesty. No one in the government is taking your current health insurance away from you. They're just making it so unpalatable for employers that your boss will do the dirty work for them. Squint hard enough and you may be able to see the distinction.