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Excuses, Excuses

Nov 14 2013

30 Minutes Of Excuses And Blame-Shifting From President Obama Won't Fix The Disaster That Bears His Name

 

Critics: 'Obama's Proposal Will Do… Very Little'

NBC NEWS: "Did Obama accomplish anything?" (Twitter, @mpoindc, 11/14/13)

THE WASHINGTON POST: "The White House's Obamacare fix is about to create a big mess" (Washington Post, 11/14/13)

NY MAG: "It's impossible to say definitively what Obama's proposal will do, but the most likely (and best-case) scenario is: very little." (NY Magazine, 11/14/13)

 

BTW, Obama Wasn't The Only One Who Promised We Could Keep Our Insurance

SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA): "If you like the insurance that you have, you'll be able to keep it." (MSNBC's "Hardball," 12/16/09)

SEN. MARK BEGICH (D-AK): "If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that. If you have an insurance program or a health care policy you want of ideas, make sure you keep it. That you can keep who you want." (Sen. Begich, Townhall Event, 7/27/09)

SEN. KAY HAGAN (D-NC): 'People who have insurance they're happy with can keep it' "We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they're happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage." ("Republicans Vent As Other Compromise Plans Get Aired," National Journal's Congress Daily, 6/18/09)

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "…if you like the health care you have, you can keep it." (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)

SEN. DICK DURBIN (R-IL): "…if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward." (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "If you like your insurance, you keep it." (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-WA): "Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it." (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): "If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important." (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)

SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-IA): "…if you like a plan, you get to keep it, and you can grandfather it in." (Sen. Harkin, Congressional Record, S.7675-6, 9/29/10)

THEN-REP. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-WI): "Under the bill, if you like the insurance you have now, you may keep it and it will improve." (Rep. Baldwin, Press Release, 3/18/10)

SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-CO): "…if you have coverage and you like it, you can keep it. If you have your doctor, and you like him or her, you should be able to keep them as well. We will not take that choice away from you." (Sen. Bennet, Press Release, 6/11/09)

SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-CA): "…people will be able to keep the health care coverage they need and they want." (Sen. Boxer, Press Release, 2/8/11)

SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-OH): "Our bill says if you have health insurance and you like it, you can keep it…" (Sen. Brown, Congressional Record, S.12612, 12/7/09)

SEN. CHRIS COONS (D-DE): "If you have job-based health insurance you like, you can keep it." (Sen. Coons, "FAQ For Individuals And Families," Accessed 10/31/13)

SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-MD): "For the people of Maryland, this bill will provide a rational way in which they can maintain their existing coverage…" (Sen. Cardin, Congressional Record, S.13798, 12/23/09)

SEN. BOB CASEY (D-PA): "If you like what you have, you like the plan you have, you can keep it. It is not going to change." (Sen. Casey, Congressional Record, S.8070, 7/24/09)

SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-VT): "…if you like the insurance you now have, keep the insurance you have." (CNN's "Newsroom," 10/22/09)

SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-NJ): "If you like what you have, you get to keep it" ("Health Care Plan Would Help N.J., Menendez Says," The Record, 6/19/09)

SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-OR): "…ensuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it" "The HELP Committee bill sets forward a historic plan that will, for the first time in American history, give every American access to affordable health coverage, reduce costs, and increase choice, while ensuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it." (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 7/15/09)

SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D-MD): "It means that if you like the insurance you have now, you can keep it." (Sen. Mikulski, Press Release, 12/24/09)

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): "I want people to know, the President's promise that if you like the coverage you have today you can keep it is a pledge we intend to keep." (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Hearing, 9/23/09)

SEN. JACK REED (D-RI): "If you like the insurance you have, you can choose to keep it." (Sen. Reed, Town Hall Event, 6/25/09)

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): "If you have coverage you like, you can keep it…" ("Sick And Wrong," Rolling Stone, 4/5/10)

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-NH): "…if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it." (Sen. Shaheen, "Health Care Questions From Across New Hampshire," Accessed 11/13/13)

SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): "…people in my state, 60 percent of whom have insurance, are going to be able to keep it. And Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that. That's a strong commitment. It's clear in the bill…" (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)

SEN. JON TESTER (D-MT): "If you like your coverage, you'll be able to keep it." ("Tester In Baker To Discuss Health Care," The Fallon County Times, 11/20/09)

SEN. TOM UDALL (D-NM): "Some worried reform would alter their current coverage. It won't. If you like your current plan, you can keep it." ("What I Learned: About Health Care Reform This Summer, By Your Lawmakers In Congress," Albuquerque Journal, 9/8/09)

SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-RI): "…if you like the plan you have, you get to keep it. You are not forced out of anything." (Sen. Whitehouse, Congressional Record, S.8668, 8/3/09)

 

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