New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) made the “mistake” of going on TV and telling us the truth:
On Sunday, appearing on ABC’s This Week with fill-in host Martha Raddatz, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) admitted that Democrats knew full well that Americans would be booted from their health insurance plans as an effect of Obamacare implementation.
When asked whether Democrats were misled by President Obama about whether Americans would be able to keep their plans in the individual insurance market, Gillibrand answered: “He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.”
She added that the whole point of Obamacare was to “covering things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy.” The redistributive nature of Obamacare, Gillibrand stated, was the point of the program; anyone claiming ignorance, therefore, is not telling the truth.
They all knew? Hmmm. That doesn’t exactly square with what Chuck Schumer’s other woman / sock puppet, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), has been telling us. She has said publicly — at least two dozen times — that we could all keep our health plans if we wanted to.
Her people have been trying to blame all of this policy cancellation stuff on sneaky insurance companies. Yet, it appears the insurance lobby has been issuing warnings about this type of thing happening:
Republicans working to eject Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., from her Senate seat say she was dishonest when she said that people could keep their health care plans.
On Wednesday, Hagan responded by saying that it was the insurance companies who weren’t being upfront.
“It wasn’t clear – and it’s very disappointing – that for the last three years insurance companies continued to sell plans that didn’t meet the basic standards of the law and didn’t tell consumers that those plans would be canceled,” Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Weiner said in a statement.
The first-term Democrat has declined to respond to questions about when she knew that policies would be canceled. She was a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, one of two Senate committees that drafted versions of the health care law in 2009.
Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for the America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade group for the health insurance industry, said in response to Hagan’s view that the final regulations on the new benefit requirements were not finalized until earlier this year. “Health plans give consumers the option to purchase the coverage that best meets their needs,” he said in an email. “Our industry has warned for years that the reform law was going to require consumers to purchase polices that are far broader and more expensive then the high-quality, affordable coverage they like and rely on today.”
Hmmm. Ol’ Kay must not have been paying attention when all of these warnings were being issued. Of course, it’s hard to hear a lot of stuff when your nose is stuck far up the posterior of New York’s very liberal senior senator.