Last night on Fox News’ “Special Report” and CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper
,” video aired of President Obama admitting that due to ObamaCare, “eight to nine million people … might have to change their coverage.” The key words there are “have to.”
The setting is the February of 2010 health care summit with Republicans. Minority Whip Eric Cantor is addressing the president directly on the issue of people losing their insurance due to the Affordable Care Act:
CANTOR: …Because I don’t think you can answer the question in the positive to say that people will be able to maintain their coverage, people will be able to see the doctors they want, in the kind of bill that you are proposing:
OBAMA: Since you asked me a question, let me respond. The 8 to 9 million people you refer to that might have to change their coverage — keep in mind out of the 300 million Americans that we are talking about — would be folks who the CBO, the Congressional Budget Office, estimates would find the deal in the exchange better — would be a better deal. So, yes, they would change coverage because they got more choice and competition.
So even though the president knew that eight to nine million people “might have to change their coverage” way back in February of 2010, afterwards, for three-plus years — especially while running for reelection — Obama continued to reassure the American people that if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period. End of story.
The question of what the president knew and when he knew it is now answered.
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