It was obviously very inappropriate for Rep. Wilson to yell out “You Lie” during the course of a presidential address. Yet when you read statements like this from the president’s address, it is clear that things don’t add up:
What this plan will do is to make the insurance you have work better for you. Under this plan, it will be against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. As soon as I sign this bill, it will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it most. They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime. We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick. And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies – because there’s no reason we shouldn’t be catching diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer before they get worse. That makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.
So insurance companies will have to cover more services, not be able to take into account your health status, and not be able to offer policies that include many out-of-pocket expenses, and nothing is supposed to change for those with insurance….. How are insurers going to address these significant knew costs that the government is imposing on them? President Obama ignores this issue, but the American people know the painfully obvious answer: they’ll have to charge all of us more.
President Obama may think all the “bickering” should be over, but there is plenty left to bicker about so long as proponents of the plan shield its true costs and consequences.