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piers morgan vs pallone

CNN’s Piers Morgan, who has admitted that he supports Obamacare, nonetheless went on a truth seeking mission on Wednesday night when he quizzed Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) as to why President Obama lied about people being able to keep their insurance plans under Obamacare.

Morgan: When the President repeatedly stood up and told the American people, if you want to keep your doctor or your plan, you can do that. No qualifications to it, none of this “it isn’t quite good enough and it gets changed,” but just boldly telling people, “if you want to keep your doctor or your plan you can.” That was just a lie, wasn’t it? A complete and utter falsehood.

Pallone: Of course it was not a lie, Piers. Just to the contrary, the people can keep their plans. Plans that are grandfathered. If the insurance companies want to offer a lousy, if insurance companies want to continue to offer lousy plans that don’t have good coverage and cost a lot of money to the taxpayer or to the insured, they can. But what’s happening right here…

What’s happening in many cases is that insurance companies are being forced to change their plans to comply with Obamacare, and increasing premiums to cover the cost of compliance.

Morgan pressed on, asking Pallone what percentage of the people who wanted to keep their plan or doctor as per Obama’s promises, were going to be able to do that?

Pallone responded that in the case of employer-provided health care, 80-90% of people will be able to keep their plan, as long as their employers continue to offer it. But what the President was talking about was the individual market, in which, he said, people can keep their insurance if the insurance companies want to continue to sell it. And he didn’t think they would because the plans are, according to Pallone, lousy and “almost a scam.” He said that no one will buy them if they can buy a better plan under Obamacare.

But Pallone couldn’t explain why, if these plans were so “lousy” or “almost a scam,” that people were buying them and complaining about them being canceled. It’s because they understood the plans’ limitations and were perfectly happy with them. At least they were affordable, which in most cases the Obamacare plans aren’t, especially when you consider the higher deductibles.

In the meantime the Obamacare website continues to crash—or in HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ words—run at a low level, and continue to be an ongoing embarrassment to Obama and his Democratic colleagues.

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