Bill Clinton Wants Obama to Honor His 'You Can Keep Your Plan' Pledge - Will Media Report It?
"Honor Thy Commitment" is currently the featured headline at the Drudge Report underneath a picture of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama tensely staring at each other.
Despite this exposure, will the media report Clinton telling web magazine OZY, "[T]he President should honor the commitment the federal government made" that people who like their health insurance plans can keep them (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BILL CLINTON: Third problem is for young people mostly, but not all young who are in the individual market whose incomes are above 400 percent of the poverty level. They were the ones who heard the promise, “If you like what you got, you could keep it.”
I met a young man this week who has a family, two children, bought in the individual marketplace. His policy was cancelled and one was substituted for it that doubled his premium. Now, I asked him, I said, “Same coverage?” He said, “Yeah.” And I said, “But are your copays and deductibles the same?” He said, “No, they’re much, much lower.” So he said, “In the years when I use healthcare, I might actually save money.” But he said, “You know, we’re all young and we’re all healthy.”
So I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.
So the currently most popular political figure in America - and former President of the United States - has now publicly stated that Obama needs to honor his pledge concerning this issue.
The problem is how can that happen without completely destroying ObamaCare?
The law indeed would have to be totally rewritten allowing insurance companies to issue policies the President and others decided in their infinite wisdom were sub-par.
Their goal was to force these folks into the exchanges where they were going to have to spend more money than they currently were in order to fund the expansion of Medicaid and allow others to get either free or significantly less expensive coverage.
Without that, the expansion of coverage will exclusively be for a mixture of older, poorer, and less-healthy individuals that are so costly that the system becomes unaffordable.
As such, will the media report Clinton's comments?
ABCNews.com already has. But will World News tonight and Good Morning America tomorrow?
Will this get broad coverage at CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, and PBS in the next 24 hours? Or in the print media?