The Obamacare speech NEVER given

The Obamacare speech NEVER given

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#1 Nov 5, 2013
Itís now a matter of bipartisan consensus that President Obama should have been more honest and forthright in selling his health-care plan. Here is the transcript of the speech he never gave:
Hello, St. Paul! It is so good to be back in the great state of Minnesota. Go Gophers![We love you!] I love you back![Stomping, cheers.]

I donít know if youíve noticed, but Iíve been talking about health-care reform a little lately.[Laughter.] I want to set the record straight on a few things today.

Republicans are out there scaring folks, and saying that theyíll lose their insurance.[Boos, jeers.] No, no ó hey, just because they donít care about people doesnít mean they are wrong about everything.[Laughter, applause.]

And theyíre right about this. Some folks are going to lose their insurance. Millions of them, in fact.
Let me be clear: Just because you have insurance you like, doesnít mean you can keep it. If it doesnít meet the new federal standards, your plan is going to get canceled. I guarantee it.

Some of my political advisers say,ďHey, you canít go out and tell people that, Obama. It doesnít test well. People hate it in the polls.Ē
And you know what I told them?ďI ... donít ... care ... about ... the polls.Ē[Applause]

I said:ďThatís the old politics. Thatís whatís wrong with Washington, DC, right there. If you think Iím going to go out and lie about my plan, youíve got the wrong guy. What did you think hope and change were all about?Ē[Laughter, applause.]

So, yeah, some of you are going to lose your insurance. Now, because of the marketplace weíll set up, youíre going to go online and shop for new insurance. Some of you are going to get a better deal. If you donít make much money, youíre going to get help from the government.[Cheers.]

But let me be clear again ó and Axelrod hates this part [Laughter]ó many of you are going to pay more than you did before. Maybe double. Because all of these new regulations cost money. You donít believe in a free lunch, do you?[Confused murmurs.]

What weíre proposing is to get young, healthy people onto the exchanges so they can subsidize everyone else, by buying coverage they donít want or need at a price that is higher than before. Why would they do that, you ask?[Faint laughter.] Thatís what the individual mandate is all about. Weíve got to force them.

As for the doctor you like, you might not be able to keep him or her, either.[Murmurs.] If you have to change your plan, your doctor may not be in the network. And to try to keep costs down, the networks in the exchanges are really narrow. By the way, top hospitals probably arenít going to accept a lot of plans from the exchanges, either.

Some of my friends on my side of the aisle try to minimize all this. They say that the bill has a grandfather clause. Wait until you see the regulations we write on that one ó there will barely be a grandfather clause left. They say that only the 5 percent of people who get their insurance through the individual market will lose their plans. But thatís still millions of people.

Now, I can hear some of you right now saying that universal coverage is worth it.[Yeah.] But letís be careful about that. The respected Congressional Budget Office says under my plan tens of millions of people will still be uninsured in 2020.

So thatís why I wanted to come here today, St. Paul. I wanted to tell you the hard truths. I know you can handle them.[Isolated clapping.] I know you will still support my plan, which, admittedly, is a little complicated. But we put a man on the moon! Thereís no way weíre going to mess up a health-care law. Not on my watch.

Thank you, St. Paul.


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