Skip to comments.Obama: Obamacare Offers Health Insurance 'For Less Than Your Cell Phone Bill'
Posted on 09/23/2013 5:40:58 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Obama: Obamacare Offers Health Insurance 'For Less Than Your Cell Phone Bill' Jeryl Bier September 23, 2013 8:01 AM
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle attended the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington Convention Center Saturday night. While extolling the benefits of Obamacare less than 10 days before the opening of the new health insurance marketplaces, the president said that "you can offer your family the security of health care ... for less than your cell phone bill."
The president was referring to a tweeted claim made earlier this week by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that said, "Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will #GetCovered for less than $100/month starting Jan 1." As noted at the time, Sebelius's claim was based on a press release from HHS that said that six in ten uninsured "may be able to get coverage" for less than $100 per month, a claim that looked even more dubious under closer examination.
The president repeated Sebelius's comment that "6 in 10 will be able to get coverage for less than 100 bucks a month;" and said [emphasis added]:
We cant rest until every American knows the security of quality, affordable health care. (Applause.) In just over a week, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the leadership shown by the CBC and others in Congress -- so many of you fought to pass this law -- thanks to your efforts, 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will finally be able to get covered for less than $100 a month. Everybody is going to be able to get coverage; 6 in 10 will be able to get coverage for less than 100 bucks a month. (Applause.) And by the way, the only reason it's 6 in 10 is because we've got some governors who -- (laughter) -- haven't seen the light yet. If every governor chose to join this project rather than to fight it just to score some political points, that number would be nearly eight in 10. (Applause.)
So just think about that. Knowing you can offer your family the security of health care - thats priceless. And now you can do it for less than your cell phone bill. Thats what change looks like. (Applause.)
Remarkably, this is not the first time the president has made the claim. At the end of August, President Obama was interviewed by Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes of the Tom Joyner Morning Show and said:
Anybody who doesnt have health insurance in this country is going to be able to get it at an affordable rate, and we were just talking with some folks earlier about the fact that for a lot of people itll be cheaper than your cellphone bill.
According to a JD Power report in 2012, the average individual's cellphone bill is $71 per month.
When I pick up my cell phone it works.
Hmmm....some of us have VERY LARGE cell phone bills.
It's a huge opening for the GOP to show exactly what you can get for $100/month.
In my state, it's a $10,000 deductible for a policy that costs about $100/month. And that's for a single woman in her 20's.
If someone thinks they will be able to get routine medical care and prescription coverage, they will be disappointed.
Less than $20 a month?
I’ll take two!!
Mine is $18 a month. LOL, I’m all over that.
Well somebody has to pay for the free ones.
Mines less than $7, I don’t need it much so the $20 every three month Virgin plan is fine.
maybe he really is too stupid to know?
...And a lot of 0bama supporters have FREE phones (which the 53% of us pay for).
The difference is, if I don’t want a cell phone, I won’t pay a penalty every year.
I have much more control over my cell phone now than I do over my health care. and that’s the point.
Huey Long would be proud.
soooo free for your peeps.....
Hmmm. I wonder what he told the Congressional White Caucus.
Yeah. Like I’m going to believe that. Not only does that statement fly in the face of common sense (if it sounds too good to be true...)... But lets look at the record of the guy making it. Oh never mind, I dont have the time to list even a fraction of obama’s lies here. It is a safe bet that when obama’s lips are moving, he’s lying. He’s been flappin’ his gums an awful lot over bammy-care. He really wants it, bad. Of course, he wants it for everyone else. Himself, Congress, select friends etc are for some reason exempt from the wonderful pile of goodness known as obamacare. Now why is that ya think?
“And it won’t cost you one thin dime” chortle, smirk and stifle sardonic laugh. It’s not a lie if it’s going to cost you thousands upon thousands of thin dimes.
We use ours a bit. TracFone family plan, 2 phones, $18 with tax. Husband gets 150 minutes a month, I get 120 minutes. Works for us. We may go the smart phone route after the house is paid off, we’ll see. It’s so hard to justify the cost. I know you understand!
People who voted to support this scam are in for a rude awakening. Here is why. I have found that my insurance seldom pays for much at all leaving me to pay the premium and the bill. Then they, the insurance company, apply what I had to pay to the a family deductible. So in a way we end up paying twice. These people that are convinced that insurance pays for it all are living in a dream world. Another important revelation will be the day they want to cancel their policy and the insurance company threatens them with the old, “ Its illegal for you to cancel your policy and we will be turning you into the IRS.”
That’s always my first thought when I hear mean of the Congressional Black Caucus.......
What he means is that for folks with incomes under the limits (142% of the poverty level, I think) they will receive upfront tax credits to offset their monthly insurance costs. So you could end up only $500 out of pocket per year for a plan that without the subsidies would cost $500 per month.
And as we all know, that is "free money" because it is coming from Obama's stash.
Is this a warning that cell phone bills are going to rise?
This guy makes “Baghdad Bob” look like George Washington.
I read an article the other day that put the cost of owebamacare in honest terms.
It said a single, young ( 21 yr old nonsmoker) that had a modest 28k gross income would pay $200 a month for owebamacare.
But the kicker on that plan is it has a 40% deductible on everything covered!
What young person in their right mind would pay that much for something that would bankrupt them anyway if they ever had to use it?
Cheap huh! LOL Now just imagine yourself at another government agency! Example, the DMV, 300 people waiting to be helped by incompetent goons. Enjoy your day!
Why all the lies? Why is this allowed to be stated as truth?
I can’t afford a cell phone.
He’s not technically wrong. With the rest of us paying for their subsidies it’s probably true.
And Big Brother has INCREASED the chocolate ration to 20 grams per week.
That’s the model.........
Years ago they called it a ponzi scheme
Bingo—we’ve been paying for our college son’s health insurance. It has doubled in the past three years. I looked up what it would cost him for an inferior plan on the Kaiser Foundation healthcare calculator (linked from Yahoo article which said that people would be glad to be kicked off of their health plans and into Obamacare) and under Obamacare his premiums would be about the same, not at all cheaper. Now, I don’t know any people out there struggling in their twenties who can afford several hundred dollars a month for a healthcare plan with a high deductible. And the support that Obama is talking about giving these people is in the form of a tax credit. That credit somehow goes to the insurance company directly. The penalty for not complying will also be some type of tax penalty. Now, how on earth is all that going to work? I’ve been involved with some of the electronic health records “meaningful use” initiatives in Obamacare and this is the most ridiculous, poorly thought out plan ever that is a present to the software industry but a nightmare to the providers. (The VA, by the way, has a dynamite electronic medical record and their program is available for free! For some reason, however, not even the military will use it.) Follow the money. Soon we will all be begging for UK or Canadian healthcare, as our industry will have been sunk.
Government acquisition programs typically require some sort of cost analysis that looks at the full lifecycle. “Green” programs and benefit programs are particularly adept at hiding or ignoring these costs. If a premium goes down and the deductible goes way up the cost of insurance premium is cut but the cost of medical care may skyrocket.
When you have to pass the bill to see what is in the bill you are profoundly dishonest and can expect all the results to be dishonestly reported.
I have Pay As You Go. I pay $7 per month, and only because I need to top up with $20 every 90 days. Most times I make it the 90 days without spending all the money.
Hey, we got the same plan. And now that I found a new battery for my old flip phone, I don’t felt he need to switch!
I am what Obama considers wealthy. One reason is that MY cell phone costs me $7 a month ($20 every three months).
It is disturbing that someone who spends $100 a month talking on a phone has a claim on MY money to pay for their health insurance. Worse, they probably got that cell phone with my tax money as well, and probably I also pay for their twinkies.
I pay $50mo for unlimited service on my smartphone, but it’s replaced my computer and TV, plus it’s a business tool.
Gone semi-Galt and it’s my last remaining regular monthly bill.
My cell phone bill is $1200 a year. My insurance plan 15 years ago was $400 a month, $4800 a year. ObamaCare will drawf both of these.