I like Andy McCarthy, but dude, you need to stop burying your lede. Hidden in the bowels of his piece today, McCarthy has some stunning news that most Americans are going to lose their health care coverage and will be forced on to the non-functioning Obama exchanges. Andy was just on Megan Kelly and managed to get to the key point right off the bat (Andy, you need a re-write on your NRO piece).
It gets worse. My friends at the American Freedom Law Center (on whose advisory board I sit) are representing Priests for Life, a group aggrieved by Obamacare’s denial of religious liberty — specifically, the ACA’s mandate that believers, despite their faith-based objections, provide their employees with coverage for the use of abortifacients and contraceptives. On October 17, the Obama Department of Health and Human Services, represented by the Obama Justice Department, submitted a brief to the federal district court in Washington, opposing Priests for Life’s summary judgment motion. On page 27 of its brief, the Justice Department makes the following remarkable assertion:
The [ACA’s] grandfathering provision’s incremental transition does not undermine the government’s interests in a significant way. [Citing, among other sources, the Federal Register.] Even under the grandfathering provision, it is projected that more group health plans will transition to the requirements under the regulations as time goes on. Defendants have estimated that a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.
HHS and the Justice Department cite the same section of the Federal Register referred to by John Hinderaker, as well as an annual survey on “Employer Health Benefits” compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2012.
So, while the president has been telling us that, under the vaunted grandfathering provision, all Americans who like their health-insurance plans will be able to keep them, “period,” his administration has been representing in federal court that most health plans would lose their “grandfather status” by the end of this year. Not just the “5 percent” of individual-market consumers, but close to all consumers — including well over 100 million American workers who get coverage through their jobs — have been expected by the president swiftly to “transition to the requirements under the [Obamacare] regulations.” That is, their health-insurance plans would be eliminated. They would be forced into Obamacare-compliant plans, with all the prohibitive price hikes and coercive mandates that “transition” portends.
This will bring an uprising of some really pissed off Americans. The DOJ, facing jeopardy if they lied in court, had the audacity to tell the truth.
This is the killer clause that will undo Obamacare. A good riddance.
The damn insurance companies share blame in this. They willingly crawled on board because they understood that the bill, as drafted, would require most Americans to buy more complicated policies and pay more money. That’s why health insurance companies, smelling big profits, jumped on board. Well, fuck them too.
I don’t need maternity coverage, nor does my wife. I don’t need substance abuse insurance. I stopped eating wheat, I exercise and I make a conscious effort to live a healthy lifestyle. I simply want insurance for unexpected, tragic events. More Americans agree with me. Obama has awakened the sleeping beast and it will eat his sorry ass.
Thanks to Helen for the video: