Who is Bill Elliot? In some sense, he’s you. Bill is struggling with cancer, the same affliction all of us would face on a long enough timeline. The problem for Bill is, he voted for President Obama because of the “if you like you doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor” promise. Now, his health insurance has been cancelled. For years we wondered what the president meant when he said that he would “fundamentally transform” America. Now we’re finding out.
Bill wrote to Fox’s Megyn Kelly, who had him on her show Thursday night.
Here is what Mr. Elliot, who now fears burdening his family with medical bills after having lost his insurance, faces going forward:
“What I’m going to do now — and I thought about this long and hard — is when my insurance comes out, it’s going to be just for me $1,500 a month with a $13,500 deductible. I’m not going to pay that,” Mr. Elliot said on the show. “If I make it that long, I’ll pay the $95 fine, and I’m just going to let nature take its course. I’m not going to put a burden on my family to pay this $1,500 dollars. … I’m not going to put up with that. I thought about it. I prayed about it.” …
Mr. Elliot went on to say that the reason why he voted for Mr. Obama was because of the promise that Americans could keep their doctor and their insurance plans if they liked them. …
“I liked my doctor. I loved my doctor,” Mr. Elliot to Ms. Kelly. “It was paying just about everything, including medications and medical devices. Now, with Obamacare, the man that I had look into it — they’re not going to pay for the pharmaceuticals, and they’re not going to pay for the medical devices.”
The president told Chuck Todd on Thursday that feels “sorry” for Americans like Bill Elliot, but what good does that do anyone now?
President Obama formally apologized to those Americans who have had their health insurance policies terminated since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said Thursday.
“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this,” the president continued.
As economist Thomas Sowell would say, these are the spoils of turning to self-congratulation as a basis for social policy. The only way to sell such a behemoth of a government program to the American people would be to lie. And lie the president did, over … and over … and over again. And then he got caught.
Obama’s comments before the law passed
• White House Web page: “Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform debunks the myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them. “ (Spanish-language version.)
• White House Web page: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”
• President’s weekly address, June 6, 2009: “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.”
• Town hall in Green Bay, Wis., June 11, 2009: “No matter how we reform health care, I intend to keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”
• Remarks at the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009: “I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
• Presidential press conference, June 23, 2009. “If you like your plan and you like your doctor, you won’t have to do a thing. You keep your plan. You keep your doctor.”
• Rose Garden remarks, July 15, 2009. “If you like your doctor or health care provider, you can keep them. If you like your health care plan, you can keep that too.”
• Remarks at a rally for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, July 16, 2009: “if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan — you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”
Those are just a few examples. The Tampa Bay Times has the rest chronicled. The weird thing is that if you watched the news before the president’s interview with Chuck Todd, then you would have seen numerous pundits denying that he lied.
For days, the people who earn a living watching video of the president and talking about it pretended that video of the president saying “if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep you doctor” didn’t exist. And members of the media wonder why so many people trust them? Interesting.
The bottom line is this: We are now left with the White House and its friends in the media saying that “only” a “small fraction” of Americans will have their plans cancelled. They conveniently leave out the part where that “small fraction” just so happens to be millions of people who are affected by the (hope and) change, but the point remains: You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, right?
Remember when the president said he wanted to “fundamentally transform” America and no one asked him what he meant? Many of us do. We know that you don’t say you want to “fundamentally transform” things you love, and that you can’t fundamentally transform America without hurting a whole lot of Americans.
If the Affordable Care Act would have been sold to the American people for what it really is — and they accepted it — that would be one thing. But it wasn’t. It was given a Photoshop makeover, and now people are seeing it for what it really is.
Ronald Reagan hit the nail on the head over 50 years ago:
“Back in 1927 an American Socialist, Norman Thomas, a six-time candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism, but under the name of Liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.” — Ronald Reagan
We should all empathize for Mr. Elliot because he is us. He is us not just because we will all one day suffer the ravages of old age, but because we are all susceptible to the con jobs of a snake oil salesman if we aren’t informed. While the case of Mr. Elliot is extremely sad, hopefully many Americans will use it as a reason to become better informed as public policy matters are debated in the future.
Make sure you watch this Photoshop video to see how Obamacare was sold to the American public.