The joke was that if you liked your plan, you could keep it. But Obama administration apologists insisted that what Obama meant was that he didn’t think people would be happy with their current plan. He thought that people would prefer to pay for things that they didn’t need. He thought they’d prefer to pay a lot more and get a lot less in return. Who in their right mind would want to keep a better and cheaper plan?
So, in addition to the millions of insured who have already had their policies cancelled, several experts are predicting that many more people covered by their employers are set to have their polices cancelled, because they don’t meet the “Affordable” Care Act’s government mandates:
Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute said that in addition to the individual cancellations, “at least half the people on employer plans would by 2014 start losing plans as well.” There are approximately 157 million employer health care policy holders.
Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute added, “the administration estimated that approximately 78 million Americans with employer sponsored insurance would lose their existing coverage due to the Affordable Care Act.”
Last week, an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, showed the administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They predicted up to 100 million small and large business policies could be canceled next year.
And Fox News pointed out that it wasn’t just the conservatives making these claims. Obama’s administration knew that this was going to have to happen:
In fact, according to the Federal Register, its mid-range estimate was that by the end of 2014, 76 percent of small group plans would be cancelled, along with 55 percent of large employer plans.
So, this was their plan from the beginning. Ruin everybody’s current plans and force them to choose a more expensive and lousy plan. When enough people get fed up with the sticker shock, Americans will be offered the “solution” of a single-payer system.