We suspect today’s 39% Gallup approval might soon be considered the glory days for Obama the way things are going. Meet some folks from Washington state who probably wish they had their votes back right about now. This is the scene across the nation, where people know they’ve been lied to, repeatedly.
Bill Fullner has reached his breaking point.
It started with the letter from his health-insurance company informing him it was canceling his plan and offering him a new one that’s nearly twice as expensive. Then the 60-year-old retiree from Mount Vernon heard about more people like himself with canceled plans and soaring premiums. Finally, he spent hours on the phone and computer trying — and failing — to find a new option that he likes.
“This whole experience has converted a lifelong Democrat into a foot soldier for the Republican Party,” Fullner said.
He’s not alone in his frustration.
In Washington, most of the 290,000 people covered by insurance plans they purchased on the individual market received letters this fall telling them that their plans are going away.
Stupid people. Don’t they realize this is for their own good?
Many of these folks did not have health insurance through their jobs and had to buy health insurance on the individual market. Many sought the least expensive, stripped-down plans they could find, which meant they had fewer benefits and higher deductibles.
And if those plans didn’t meet the more protective conditions of the Affordable Care Act, they had to go.
That’s left Fuller and many others feeling blindsided. They — and Republican leaders opposed to the Affordable Care Act — are now calling a pledge made by President Obama as he lobbied for the law a betrayal.
“Obama stated that if we were happy with an insurance plan that we currently had, we would be able to keep it,” Fullner said in an email. “I feel that the president, who I greatly admired and supported, has lied to the public.”
Lied to the public? Pffft: