In 2009 and 2010 while pushing the wildly unpopular Obamacare law on the American public, Barack Obama promised – “If you like your insurance plan you can keep your plan.”
Obama told this lie at least 37 different times.
Obama knew millions of Americans would lose their plans.
But he didn’t care.
He told the lie anyway.
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In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and checked into the hospital. I found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually sepsis; Strep bacteria was poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee.
Dr. Richard Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery on me. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended up lasting twelve. My heart was severely damaged. Dr. Lee later told me the surgery was one of the most difficult of his career. He also said I only had a few days to live without the surgery.
Dr. Richard Lee, MD, MBA, and Jim Hoft, two months after open heart surgery.
Dr. Lee, co-director at the Center for Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care at Saint Louis University Hospital, saved my life.
Thanks to the excellent insurance I carried I was able to receive life-saving medical treatment at St. Louis University.
In December 2013 I found out I was going to lose my insurance. The company that carried me was leaving the Missouri market. I would have to find something else.
I was one of the millions of Americans who had to find new insurance. Before my last surgery my insurance ran out.
At the time I wrote, “Why is our government doing this to us?”
I found a different plan in Missouri under the United Healthcare umbrella. It cost $500 a month the first year and then went up to $600 a month.
But I was able to keep my doctors who saved my life.
In April 2016 United Healthcare announced it would pull out of Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri in 2017. The insurer won’t sell individual ACA plans for 2017 in these states and may pull out of the individual market completely.
Obama doesn’t care about the millions of people he hurt. People like me. And he has never apologized for his terrible lie.