Six Years Ago, HillaryCare Paved The Way For ObamaCare

- January 31, 2014


Then-Candidate Barack Obama: “Let’s Take Health Care. About 95 Percent Of Our Plans Are Similar.” (Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential Debate, Los Angeles, CA, 1/31/08)


Then-Candidate Barack Obama Said Hillary Clinton’s Plan Would Force People To Purchase Health Insurance Or Face Fines. BARACK OBAMA: “Senator Clinton has a different approach. She believes that we have to force people who don't have health insurance to buy it. Otherwise, there will be a lot of people who don't get it. I don't see those folks. And I think that it is important for us to recognize that if, in fact, you are going to mandate the purchase of insurance and it's not affordable, then there's going to have to be some enforcement mechanism that the government uses. And they may charge people who already don't have health care fines, or have to take it out of their paychecks. And that, I don't think, is helping those without health insurance. That is a genuine difference.” (Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential Debate, Los Angeles, CA, 1/31/08)

“The Centerpiece Of Clinton's Plan Is The So-Called ‘Individual Mandate,’ Requiring Everyone To Have Health Insurance—Just As Most States Require Drivers To Purchase Auto Insurance.” (Beth Fouhy, “Clinton To Offer Health Care Plan,” The Associated Press, 9/17/07)

The Individual Mandate Is Also The "Centerpiece" Of ObamaCare

The Individual Mandate Is A “Centerpiece” Of ObamaCare. “A centerpiece of Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, is a requirement that all individuals carry some minimum health insurance or pay a tax. The new system aims to provide insurance through state marketplaces and subsidies for tens of millions of Americans who lack it.” (Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West, “IRS Issues Final Rules On ObamaCare’s ‘Individual Mandate,’” Reuters, 8/27/13)

  • ObamaCare Requires Americans To Purchase Health Insurance Or Pay A Tax. “Under the law, most Americans must either be covered by health insurance or pay a penalty. For the first year, the charge for not obtaining health insurance is $95 or 1 percent of household income. The penalty will increase, though, to $695 per person or 2.5 percent of household income in 2016 and then according to a cost-of-living formula for following years.” (Julian Hattem, “IRS Finalizes Penalty For ObamaCare Mandate,” The Hill’s RegWatch, 8/27/13)


Then-Candidate Hillary Clinton Said You Could Mandate Employers To Cover Employees To Share The Responsibility Of Health Care. HILLARY CLINTON: “We cannot get to universal health care, which I believe is both a core Democratic value and imperative for our country, if we don't do one of three things. Either you can have a single payer system, or -- which, I know, a lot of people favor, but for many reasons, is difficult to achieve. Or, you can mandate employers. Well, that's also very controversial. Or, you can do what I am proposing, which is to have shared responsibility.” (Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential Debate, Los Angeles, CA, 1/31/08)

HillaryCare Would Have Required Employers To Cover Health Insurance For Employees Or “Contribute To A Government-Run Pool That Would Help Pay For Those Not Covered.” “Clinton's plan builds on the existing employer-based system of coverage. People who receive insurance through the workplace could continue to do so; businesses, in turn, would be required to offer insurance to employees, or contribute to a government-run pool that would help pay for those not covered. Clinton would also offer a tax subsidy to small businesses to help them afford the cost of providing coverage to their workers.” (Beth Fouhy, “Clinton To Offer Health Care Plan,” The Associated Press, 9/17/07)

ObamaCare Also Requires Employers To Provide Insurance Or Be Penalized

ObamaCare’s Employer Mandate Is “A Major Pillar” Of ObamaCare. “The provision requires companies with 50 or more employees to offer insurance to their workers or pay penalties. The mandate, a major pillar of the ACA, was to take effect in January 2014, under language in the law.” (Ben Goad, “Delay Of ObamaCare’s Employer Mandate Draws Legal Challenge,” The Hill’s RegWatch, 10/1/13)


Then-Candidate Hillary Clinton Said That Her Health Care Plan “Tells People, If You Have Health Insurance And You Are Happy With It, Nothing Changes.” HILLARY CLINTON:” Well, let me start by saying that this is the passionate cause of my public service. I started trying to expand health care many years ago, first to children, then to rural areas in Arkansas, and obviously tackled it during my husband's administration. And the reason why I have designed a plan that, number one, tells people, if you have health insurance and you are happy with it, nothing changes, is because we want to maximize choice for people.” (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Debate, Los Angeles, CA, 1/31/08)

Obama Made The Same Promise And The Fact Checkers Branded It The “Lie Of The Year”

Obama: “If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan. If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor.”  OBAMA: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. I can tell you, as the father of two young girls, I would not want any plan that interferes with the relationship between a family and their doctor.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On Health Care Reform, Washington, D.C., 3/3/10)

CNN’s Jake Tapper On Obama’s Keep Your Plan Promise: “The Number One Lie Of The Year.” CNN’s JAKE TAPPER: “The lie of the year.  Control room, can we get a drumroll?  So here it is, by popular demand, the number one lie of the year, based on something the President first said in 2009, and updated in 2013.  OBAMA: If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” (CNN’s “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” 12/12/13)

PolitiFact Headline: “Lie Of The Year: ‘If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It.’” (Angie Drobnic Holan, “Lie Of The Year: ‘If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It,’” PolitiFact, 12/12/13)

  • Obama’s “Catchy Political Pitch” Was “Impossible To Keep.” “It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system. ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,’ President Barack Obama said -- many times -- of his landmark new law. But the promise was impossible to keep.” (Angie Drobnic Holan, “Lie Of The Year: ‘If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It,’” PolitiFact, 12/12/13)

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Gave Obama’s Promise That Americans Could Keep Their Health Care Plan Four Pinocchios. “The president’s promise apparently came with a very large caveat: ‘If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan — if we deem it to be adequate.’ Four Pinocchios.” (Glenn Kessler, “Obama’s Pledge That ‘No One Will Take Away’ Your Health Plan,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/30/13)


Then Candidate Hillary Clinton Promised That Affordable Health Care For Everyone. HILLARY CLINTON: “So I am adamantly in favor of universal health care. And that means everybody is covered. And we will have a system to make it affordable, but it will be required, as part of shared responsibility, under a new way of making sure that we don't leave anybody out and provide quality, affordable health care for everyone.” (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1/21/08)

Under ObamaCare, Americans Are Paying More For Health Care

For Many Americans, ObamaCare Is “Driving Their Premiums Way Up – In Some Cases Doubling Them, Or More.” “The few people who made it through the website are seeing their options for the first time, and some are not happy about what they’re seeing. Those with lower incomes are eligible for substantial subsidies, but middle income folks making 400 percent of poverty or more don’t get a thing, and the new insurance market rules are driving their premiums way up — in some cases doubling them, or more.” (Brett Norman and Jonathan Allen, “ObamaCare Headaches: More Than The Website,” Politico, 10/28/13)

The Middle-Class Faces “Hefty Increases On Their Insurance Bills” Due To ObamaCare. “These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the health care market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.” (Chad Terhune, “Some Health Insurance Gets Pricier As ObamaCare Rolls Out,” Los Angeles Times, 10/26/13)

  • The Losers Under ObamaCare Are “Relatively Healthy Middle-Income Small-Business Owners, Consultants, Lawyers And Other Self-Employed Workers Who Buy Their Own Insurance.” “If the poor, sick and uninsured are the winners under the Affordable Care Act, the losers appear to include some relatively healthy middle-income small-business owners, consultants, lawyers and other self-employed workers who buy their own insurance. Many make too much to qualify for new federal subsidies provided by the law but not enough to absorb the rising costs without hardship. Some are too old to go without insurance because they have children or have minor health issues, but they are too young for Medicare.” (Ariana Eunjung Cha and Lena H. Sun, “For Consumers Whose Health Premiums Will Go Up Under New Law, Sticker Shock Leads To Anger,” The Washington Post, 11/2/13)

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