At the White House press briefing today Jay Carney was asked if he would purchase his health insurance through an Obamacare exchange. He said sure he would do that, if he didn’t have insurance provided by his employer, which in his case is the US taxpayer. Federal employees have a very generous health plan, and I’m sure they’re provider networks are quite broad, unlike some that will be available to the public on the Obamacare exchanges.
HENRY: So you are going to enroll?
CARNEY: Ed, if I did not have employer provided health insurance, like I’m sure you do, unless there’s something about FOX that I don’t know, then I would absolutely enroll. And it would be more affordable because of it and I think you’ll see that around the country. But the whole purpose, again, the facts often either ignored or mischaracterized by critics, is that if you have insurance provided by your employer, that you like, nothing changes for you.
But if you change jobs or if you get laid off, and you then take a job, you start your own business, or take a job where you’re not given insurance by your employer, you will now have, once the marketplaces are in effect, options that were never available before at affordable prices, and that’s the point. And the irony of this argument that Republicans are making is that pretty soon they are going to be making an argument what they desperately want to do without an alternative is take benefits away from the American people. Benefits that help them live better lives and healthier lives. (Read More)
He ought to tell that to Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Kentucky, who saw their premium for a high deductible policy jump from $333 per month to $965 thanks to Obamacare. He ought to tell it to the people of Tennessee who will see their premiums double and triple. How does that help them live better lives? What necessities will they have to cut from their budget to afford that?