Seven Million to be Thrown Off Health Plans

Remember when Obama promised that under his health scheme you could keep your health insurance and your doctor?

Well forget it. You can’t necessarily keep your insurance or your doctor. Period.

The Congressional Budget Office now says that, because of Obamacare, 7 million people will lose their employer-provided health insurance and have to go get coverage on their own.

Obama wasn’t just wrong. He was wrong by 7 million people.

This isn’t just some flukey thing that popped up. It’s intrinsic to the health care law: employers can either keep offering insurance or take a penalty and dump their employees into the individual market.

And yet Obama repeated this claim again and again as he tried to sell Obamacare to the public. Unless he didn’t understand his own proposal, he almost certainly had to know it was false.

Asked about the discrepancy today between Obama’s words and deeds, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney understandably immediately changed the subject. Because, Carney is paid enough to defend the indefensible, but he’d probably ask for a raise before agreeing to defend the completely indefensible.

Keith Koffler


Award winning journalist Keith Koffler has 16 years of experience covering Washington. As a reporter for CongressDaily, National Journal magazine, and Roll Call, Keith wrote primarily from the White House, covering three presidents and learning as few have the intricacies of the West Wing and the behavior and motivations of its occupants. While mainly stationed at the White House, he also extensively covered Congress and Washington’s lobbyists. Keith has also written for a variety of other publications, including Politico, The Daily Caller, and The London Observer. He currently writes regular opinion columns for Politico. He blogs at

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  • Frank

    I checked the CBO link and document, wanting to share the source material with some Obama-supporting friends. While I see “a” 7 million number associated with individuals buying from the exchange(s) in 2014 (near the top of the 3rd page), it isn’t obvious to me (and may not be to most people) what that number really means. It can be inferred that those 7 million people already have insurance, which will be cancelled by employers. It can also be inferred that some portion of that number currently doesn’t have insurance…

    I’m not a fan of Obamacare, but hesitate to use info like this in discussions with those who are when the conclusions aren’t clear, and the analysis supporting those conclusions is missing.

  • kirk


    I agree with you and except for the fact that “Obama haters” will pick up on any little deviance they can find in some obscure and usually false data to spin a yarn – they will find plenty of fertile soil for it to be planted. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an Obama supporter and there are many things about the healthcare plan I am skeptical of, but I can recognize false conclusions when I see them. I worked with employee benefits for many years, and I know some things about it. I know for instance that when employees terminate, that usually spells a loss of insurance along with a gain when eligible for another. Perhaps half of this writer’s “7 million” falls in this category. He counted the losses without the gains. Many others retired, or went on an employer based self-insurance, or opted for COBRA, was covered by spouse’s or parent’s insurance, or even perhaps died. There are so many facets of this issue, and the writer did not cite sources or give details.
    It appears to me he was simply stabbing the Obama Plan with a pushpin hoping for a deathblow. I would advise him to check his sources.

  • Victoria

    It is pretty clear that Obamacare will leave millions uninsured (30 to 50 million is what I have heard) and millions more underinsured, my family among them. This year I have a $3000 deductible, before copays, etc etc, despite a good job. Most of us are only an injury or illness away from bankruptcy, and the ACA will not change that.

    I am pleased that Washington state is working on instituting single payer insurance, which would eliminate the 30% of our healthcare dollars spent on advertising, paperwork and bureaucracy. They will probably want to cover abortion too, which is another battle.