White House Orders Insurance Companies Not to Criticize Obamacare
The White House is ordering insurance companies not to criticize Obamacare and threatening "retribution" against executives who speak out, according to CNN reporter Drew Griffin.
During a segment on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last night, Griffin revealed that insurance companies had been told to "keep quiet" about the fact that millions of Americans are being told that they cannot keep their existing policies, contradicting Barack Obama's promise that, "If...you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan."
"Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you’re going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet. Several sources tell me and my colleague Chris Frates that insurance executives are being told to keep quiet," said Griffin, adding, "Sources (are) telling us they fear White House retribution."
The fact that the White House is threatening private companies with undisclosed forms of "retribution" if they criticize government policy is a shocking display of authoritarianism that wouldn't look out of place in countries like Communist China or Stalinist North Korea.
As Griffin explains in his report, the Obama administration is trying to keep a lid on the dirty little secret that millions of Americans are losing their coverage as a result of Obamacare, illustrating how Obama blatantly lied when he made assurances that people could keep their existing policy.
COOPER: So, I mean, what specifically are, do they say they’re being told to keep quiet about?
GRIFFIN: About the fact that clarifications were made to the Affordable Care Act after the law was passed, and those clarifications are forcing the insurance industry to drop insurance plans that do not meet ObamaCare requirements. There is a lot of coverage now required in these plans that was not part of many people’s private healthcare plans. Those are the people, Anderson, who are being dropped. And despite all the rhetoric, I should say, from the president, you simply cannot keep your current healthcare plan if it does not meet these requirements. Laszewski says the insurance industry is embarrassed about cancelling the plans, but in an interview last week, he told me the administration was warned about this very scenario and ignored the advice.
Griffin also suggested that insurance companies were adhering to the White House gag order because, "It is the federal government that's the biggest customer for these insurance companies."
White House spokesman Jay Carney labeled the accusations "preposterous and inaccurate," which is similar to how the administration reacted when it was accused of having foreknowledge of the fact that millions of Americans would lose their healthcare coverage due to Obamacare. It subsequently emerged that White House officials knew this would be the case at least three years in advance.
The Obama administration's desperation in threatening insurance companies to keep quiet about the Obamacare train wreck provides us with the clearest indication yet that the Affordable Care Act is a disaster for America, built on a foundation of lies and deception, which threatens to cause an economic meltdown.