President Obama appeared on camera on November 7, and apologized for his words, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance.”
The President has been engaged in a kind of verbal Bataan march in recent days. CNN reports:
Last week: “If you had one of these substandard plans before the Affordable Care Act became law, and you really like that plan, you are able to keep it.”
Monday: “If you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really like that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”
Here is what the President said on November 7. His concern is for millions of Americans who got policy cancellation letters.
“And it’s scary to them. And I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me. We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and that we’re going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this. … Obviously, we didn’t do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law. And, you know, that’s something that I regret. That’s something that we’re going to do everything we can to get fixed.”
When I read this, my mind drifted back.
“Given that I’ve been burned already with a website — well, more importantly, the American people have been burned by a website — that has been dysfunctional, what we’ve also been doing is creating a whole other set of tracks. Making sure that people can apply by phone effectively. Making sure that people can apply in person effectively. So what I’m confident about is that anybody who wants to buy health insurance through the marketplace, they are going to be able to buy it.”
I am trying to think this through. Here is what I get so far. There are 15 million people with no insurance. No, wait: that was before ObamaCare. To this figure, we must add several million more — no one is saying how many — who have received policy cancellation letters.
So, maybe 20 million Americans will call a toll-free number. If (say) 19 million of them get a busy signal, they will then drive down to apply in person.
Drive down to where?
The IRS is in charge of administering the program. So, should they drive to their local IRS office? I wonder if the IRS is set up to handle this. Frankly, I would like to find out.
The President reassured viewers that www.Healthcare.gov will be operational on December 1.
But what if it isn’t?
My mind drifts back. What do millions of uninsured Americans want for Christmas? What have they asked Santa for? How will Santa respond?