Broken Health Care Promises Hurt Louisianans
Americans across the country have seen what an unmitigated disaster Healthcare.gov has been. Many families, workers, and women are realizing that they are unable to keep their doctors and their health care plans – despite repeated promises otherwise. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Americans are now facing significantly higher premiums. That number is expected to rise considerably into the millions.
NBC News reported that the "Obama Administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance" and that the administration "has known that for at least three years." Yet, it wasn't until recently that the White House admitted for the first time that "it's true" some Americans will not be able to keep their health care plan under ObamaCare.
According to Kaiser Health News reporters Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby: "[T]he cancellation notices, which began arriving in August, have shocked many consumers in light of President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their plans if they liked them."
Now the White House is back with another promise, this time that the website will be fixed soon. That means that Democrats like Mary Landrieu - who've repeatedly made false promises about ObamaCare - are now tied to the Administration's self-imposed deadline. Should these broken promises and failures not be addressed, Democrats like Landrieu will likely be forced to delay ObamaCare - something they insisted would never happen just a few weeks ago. Why? They broke their promises.
Landrieu was less than honest when she claimed, “I am voting for this bill because it achieves the goals I laid out at the beginning of this debate: It drives down costs and expands affordable health care choices for millions of families and small businesses in Louisiana and around the nation.” To the contrary, Louisianans are suffering from sticker shock because of price increases. A 27 year old in Louisiana, for example, would pay an average of $249 per month for the "mid-range plan."
ObamaCare is Mary Landrieu's legacy. What does that mean? As a senior Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill lamented to the National Journal:
"'Dem Party is F****d.' That was the subject line of an email sent to me Sunday by a senior Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill. The body of the email contained a link to a Los Angeles Times story about Obamacare 'sticker shock'".
"Mary Landrieu wasn't honest about ObamaCare, and now her broken promises are coming back to haunt her," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Over the next 33 days, middle class sticker shock, families being dropped from their health plans, and bureaucratic dysfunction will continue to expose Mary Landrieu's broken promises about ObamaCare. Mary Landrieu will backpedal to save her political career, but Louisianans know she can no longer be trusted to keep her word."