Walter Durranty emails to say, “This is pretty shameless propaganda from the NY Times”.
Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it.Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that. By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year. So they’ve sent cancellation notices to hundreds of thousands of people who hold these substandard policies. (At issue here are not the 149 million people covered by employer plans, but the 10 million to 12 million people who buy policies directly on the individual market.)
Remember when the NY Times ran an editorial saying, “Cut George W. Bush a little slack. He simply misspoke when he said Iraq had WMD.”?
The editorial also ignore Obama’s repeated promise that families would see their premiums go down $2,500 (even liberal spin machine PolitiFact called BS on that awhile back). I guess that one is just down the memory hole entirely.