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The Democrats' Health Law Has Failed To Deliver On Promise After Promise


PROMISE #1: 'If You Like Your Plan, You'll Be Able To Keep It'

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it.  Let me repeat that:  if you like your plan, you'll be able to keep it." (President Obama, Remarks At The White House, Washington, D.C., 7/21/09)

'The Law Could Leave More Than Half Of Employers Without A Grandfathered Plan'

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "The law could leave more than half of employers without a grandfathered plan in 2013, the draft estimated. Its worst-case assumption is that 80% of small-employers will lose grandfathered rights by 2013. New plans would have to comply with all the bill's requirements; grandfathered plans could avoid elements such as limits on cost sharing." ("Draft Health Rules Set Hurdles," The Wall Street Journal, 6/12/10)

  • Obama Administration: "Under this assumption, the Departments' mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013. The low-end estimates are for 49 percent and 34 percent of small and large employer plans, respectively, to have relinquished grandfather status, and the high-end estimates are 80 percent and 64 percent, respectively." (Federal Register, Vol.75, No.116, P.15-16, 6/17/10)


PROMISE #2: 'I Will Protect Medicare'

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "So don't pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut … that will not happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare." (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)

$529 Billion Cut From Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Medicare Advantage, And Much More…

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): "Some of our critics on the other side of the aisle have said, 'you know, they're [Democrats] going to cut hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicare.' and the simple answer is, yes." (Sen. Durbin, Floor Remarks, 3/4/10)

More Than $150 Billion In Cuts To Hospitals, Nursing Homes, And Hospice

"Ensuring Medicare Sustainability… -156.6 [Billion Dollars]." "TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle E—Ensuring Medicare Sustainability; 3401 Revision of Certain Market Basket Updates and Incorporation of services Productivity Improvements into Market Basket Updates that do not Already Incorporate Such Improvements (effect of productivity adjustment for home health included in estimate for section 3131)… 2010-2019… -156.6 [Billion Dollars]." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, P.14, 3/18/10)

More Than $200 Billion In Cuts To Medicare Advantage

"Medicare Advantage Payments… -131.9 [Billion Dollars]." "TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle C—Provisions Relating to Part C; Medicare Advantage Payments… 2010-2019… -131.9 [Billion Dollars]." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.13, 3/18/10)

"Medicare Advantage Interactions… -70.4 [Billion Dollars]." "Interactions; Medicare Advantage Interactions… 2010-2019… -70.4 [Billion Dollars]." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.18, 3/18/10)

CBO: Medicare cuts could "reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P. 1, 17, 11/18/09)


PROMISE # 3 'This Law Will Lower Premiums'

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Families will save on their premiums." (President Obama, Remarks After Meeting With Senate Democrats, 12/15/09)

  • OBAMA: "This law will lower premiums." (President Obama, Remarks To 'Families USA,' 1/28/11)

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): "Bringing down costs of health insurance and making it more affordable is job one for this health care reform." (Sen. Dick Durbin, Floor Remarks, 12/18/09)

CBO: The Law Will Increase Premiums On Families By $2,100 Per Year

CBO: "Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law. The weighted average of the differences in those amounts equals the change of 10 percent to 13 percent in the average premium per person…" (Emphasis In Original; CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Bayh, P. 6, 11/30/09)

WALL STREET JOURNAL: "The health-insurance premiums paid by employers rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey." ("Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply," The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)


PROMISE #4: 'Slow The Growth Of Health Care Costs'

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government." (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)

CMS: 'Expenditures Under The Health Reform Act Would Increase By A Total Of $311 Billion'

CMS ACTUARY RICHARD FOSTER: "[W]e estimate that overall national health expenditures under the health reform act would increase by a total of $311 billion (0.9 percent) during calendar years 2010-2019..." (CMS Actuary Richard Foster, Memo, P.4, 4/22/10)

CBO: "The legislation will increase the federal budgetary commitment to health care (the sum of net federal outlays for health programs and tax preferences for health care) by $390 billion over the next 10 years." ("The Effects Of Health Reform On The Federal Budget," CBO, 4/12/10)


PROMISE #5: 'Federal Conscience Laws Will Remain In Place'

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up - under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place." (President Obama, Remarks To A Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)

HHS Regulations 'Would Force Practically All Employers, Including Many Religious Institutions, To Pay For Abortion Inducing Drugs'

ARCHBISHOP DOLAN: "…on January 20, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a decision to issue final regulations that would force practically all employers, including many religious institutions, to pay for abortion inducing drugs, sterilizations, and contraception. The regulations would provide no protections for our great institutions—such as Catholic charities, hospitals, and universities—or for the individual faithful in the marketplace. The regulations struck at the heart of our fundamental right to religious liberty, which affects our ability to serve those outside our faith community." (Archbishop Dolan, Letter To U.S. Bishops, 2/23/12)


PROMISE #6: 'My Plan Won't Raise Your Taxes One Penny'

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): "And if you're a family making less than $250,000 a year, my plan won't raise your taxes one penny - not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Orlando, FL, 8/3/08)

TAX HIKES: Billions In Taxes On Small Businesses, Private Health Insurance Plans, Medical Device Manufacturers, And Others

SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA): "Yes, we've had to raise some taxes and fees to pay for this bill." (CSPAN's Washington Journal, 12/22/09)





PROMISE #7: Mandate Not 'The Solution'

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): "Here's the concern. If you haven't made it affordable, how are you going to enforce a mandate. I mean, if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house." (CNN's "American Morning," 2/5/08)

"Penalty Payments By Employers And Uninsured Individuals… 2010-2019… 36 [Billion Dollars]." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P.6, 11/18/09)


PROMISE #8: 'Broadcasting Those Negotiations On C-SPAN'

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): "That's what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are, because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process." (Sen. Obama, Presidential Debate, 1/31/08)

'C-SPAN Cameras Won't See The Real Action'

"After months of buildup, the historic debate on health care reform opens on the senate floor Monday — but the C-SPAN cameras won't see the real action." ("Dems Seek Deal As Sen. Debate Begins," Politico, 11/30/09)

"But now, as a senate vote on health-care legislation nears, those negotiations are occurring in a setting that is anything but revolutionary in Washington: three senators are working on the bill behind closed doors." ("Small Group Now Leads Closed Negotiations On Health-Care Bill," The Washington Post, 10/18/09)

  • "… a backroom deal for Florida that was nicknamed 'Gator Aid.'" ("Florida Poll: Healthcare Law Hurts Obama, Democrats," The Miami Herald, 3/28/10)


PROMISE #9: 'Will Not Sign It If It Adds One Dime To The Deficit'

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period." (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)

'New Reform Law Will Raise The Deficit By More Than $500 Billion During The First Ten Years'

DAVID BRODER, The Washington Post: "Every expert I have talked to says that the public has it right. These bills, as they stand, are budget-busters." (David Broder, Op-Ed, "A Budget-Buster In The Making," The Washington Post, 11/22/09)

DOUG HOLTZ-EAKIN & MICHAEL RAMLET: "A more comprehensive and realistic projection suggests that the new reform law will raise the deficit by more than $500 billion during the first ten years and by nearly $1.5 trillion in the following decade." ("Health Care Reform Is Likely To Widen Federal Budget Deficits, Not Reduce Them," Health Affairs, 6/10)


PROMISE #10: Medical Liability Reform: 'This Is Going To Be A Priority For Me'

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I want to work with the AMA so we can scale back the excessive defensive medicine that reinforces our current system, and shift to a system where we are providing better care, simply - rather than simply more treatment. So this is going to be a priority for me." (President Obama, Remarks To The AMA, Chicago, IL, 6/15/09)

'Tort Reform Is Not In The Bill Is Because The People Who Wrote It Did Not Want To Take On The Trial Lawyers'

"It is the sense of the Senate that— health care reform presents an opportunity to address issues related to medical malpractice and medical liability insurance." (S .Amdt 2786 To H.R. 3590, "Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act," P. 1858)

HOWARD DEAN, Former DNC Chairman: "The reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on. And that is the plain and simple truth." (Howard Dean, VA Town Hall Event, Minute 2, 8/26/09)


PROMISE #11: 'Those Who Voted For Health Care Will Find It An Asset'

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "By November, those who voted for health care will find it an asset, those who voted against it will find it a liability…" ("Schumer Predicts Health Care Popularity," Roll Call, 3/28/10)

'Healthcare Reform Law Cost Democratic Incumbents 5.8 Percentage Points Of Support'

"Democrats grossly underestimated the political damage of pushing through health care reform and that the issue is a primary reason democrats are set up for big losses come November." ("Just How Damaging Was The Health Care Debate For Dems?" Time's "Swampland" Blog, 9/1/10)

"Democrats in the lead-up to the elections took a number of tough votes — notably on the Wall Street bailout, the stimulus and cap-and-trade — but none was as unpopular as their support for the healthcare reform law." ("Study: Votes In Favor Of Healthcare Reform Cost Dems 5.8 Points In 2010 Vote," The Hill, 3/8/12)

"Voting for President Obama's healthcare reform law cost Democratic incumbents 5.8 percentage points of support at the polls in 2010, according to a new study in the journal American Politics Research." ("Study: Votes In Favor Of Healthcare Reform Cost Dems 5.8 Points In 2010 Vote," The Hill, 3/8/12)

  • AMERICAN POLITICS RESEARCH STUDY: "Our results suggest that the apparent effect of health care reform is not the result of extrapolation. The vote share of Democrats who supported health care reform was 5.8 points lower than that of the most comparable Democrats who opposed the bill." (American Politics Research Study, Pg. 18, 3/6/12)

"Party officials in Washington can't identify a single house member who's running an ad boasting of a 'yes' vote." ("Democrats Run Away From Health Care," Politico, 9/5/10)

THIS MONTH: "The poll found that 35 percent of Americans support the health care law overhaul, while 47 percent oppose it… Opposition remains strongest among seniors, many of whom object that Medicare cuts were used to help finance coverage for younger uninsured people." ("AP-Gfk Poll: Obama's Health Overhaul Still Unpopular, But Fewer Expect Own Care To Worsen," The Associated Press, 3/9/12)