November 14, 2013

Hillary Peddled Same ‘Like Your Plan, Keep It’ Falsehood

Though “aides to Hillary Clinton did not respond to a request for comment about whether Bill Clinton’s” clumsy efforts to distance her from Obama’s ‘like your plan, keep your plan’ false pledge, The Washington Examiner reports that Hillary engaged in a similarly misleading effort when she rolled out her own health care plan. Clinton assured Iowa voters “If you have private insurance you like, nothing changes — you can keep that insurance,” but her plan, like Obamacare would have “raised basic minimum insurance requirements — and resulted in policy cancellations for hundreds of thousands of people nationwide”:

When former President Clinton this week critiqued President Obama’s broken promise that Americans would be able to keep their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, Clinton was also knocking a similar plan once proposed by another politician: his wife. …

When she was last a candidate for president in 2007, Hillary Clinton unveiled her own health care proposal, which, like Obamacare, included beefed-up benefits and a catchy pitch: “If you have a plan you like, you keep it.” Obama went on to defeat Clinton, but he adopted her tag line to help win support for his own health care plan — making the same promise, for which he recently apologized.

“You can keep the doctors you know and trust. You keep the insurance you have,” Clinton said on Sept. 17, 2007, at the Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. “If you have private insurance you like, nothing changes — you can keep that insurance.”

Clinton’s campaign website echoed that claim. “If you have a plan you like, you keep it,” it read. …

The plan she rolled out in 2007 promised Americans the same sort of coverage available to members of Congress with average benefits similar to those available under a standard Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, as her team explained it at the time. Her proposed reforms would have provided the same sort of quality assurances enacted by Obamacare, which raised basic minimum insurance requirements — and resulted in policy cancellations for hundreds of thousands of people nationwide.

Hillary Clinton has not yet commented publicly on the Obama administration’s health care imbroglio. …