Why Ronald Reagan's liberal daughter should have listened to her father

Ethel C. Fenig

How disillusioned are President Barack Hussein Obama's (D) Hollywood supporters about the realities of his (Un)Affordable HELLthcare Act?  So disillusioned--and shocked--that far out liberal Patti Reagan, daughter of the late President Ronald and Nancy Reagan (both Rs) and Obama supporter, tweeted

Could the president please explain why I and others are losing our health ins. plans? Wasn't supposed to happen!-
patti davis (@patti_davis) October 25, 2013

Uh, wrong not so little girl--that was exactly what was supposed to happen.

Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, "40 to 67 percent" of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, "the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range."  

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them. 

Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, "if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan," was still saying in 2012, "If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance."

"This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn't keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn't make it either," said  Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.

Patti, Patti, you should have listened to your daddy when he observed: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." 

Or, as he (not so) eerily prophesied in his first inaugural address over 30 years ago,

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.

Then you would have realized that not only would you lose your insurance plan but that the replacement government imposed plan would cost more but offer less.  That is just the nature of "government help."  Unless of course you were poor; then you would have received government (taxpayer) subsidies paid for by you, inequitably "singled out to pay a higher price" because you somehow, selfishly, were not poor. 

Shocked again that her tweet went viral, Davis deleted it (but it is preserved on other sites); her twitter site https://twitter.com/patti_davis is now asking us to save wolves and elephants (admirable) while promoting her books. 

But be careful Patti, enough people may buy your books to kick you into a higher income tax bracket and even higher Obamacare premiums.  Just another example of government help. 



How disillusioned are President Barack Hussein Obama's (D) Hollywood supporters about the realities of his (Un)Affordable HELLthcare Act?  So disillusioned--and shocked--that far out liberal Patti Reagan, daughter of the late President Ronald and Nancy Reagan (both Rs) and Obama supporter, tweeted

Could the president please explain why I and others are losing our health ins. plans? Wasn't supposed to happen!-
patti davis (@patti_davis) October 25, 2013

Uh, wrong not so little girl--that was exactly what was supposed to happen.

Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, "40 to 67 percent" of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, "the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range."  

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them. 

Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, "if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan," was still saying in 2012, "If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance."

"This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn't keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn't make it either," said  Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.

Patti, Patti, you should have listened to your daddy when he observed: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." 

Or, as he (not so) eerily prophesied in his first inaugural address over 30 years ago,

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.

Then you would have realized that not only would you lose your insurance plan but that the replacement government imposed plan would cost more but offer less.  That is just the nature of "government help."  Unless of course you were poor; then you would have received government (taxpayer) subsidies paid for by you, inequitably "singled out to pay a higher price" because you somehow, selfishly, were not poor. 

Shocked again that her tweet went viral, Davis deleted it (but it is preserved on other sites); her twitter site https://twitter.com/patti_davis is now asking us to save wolves and elephants (admirable) while promoting her books. 

But be careful Patti, enough people may buy your books to kick you into a higher income tax bracket and even higher Obamacare premiums.  Just another example of government help.