Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Heartland Institute Senior Fellow for Health Care Policy Benjamin Domenech was a guest today — as he is many Wednesdays — on “Real News” on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV. It was a timely day to have Ben on the panel. (Watch video below.)
He and the other panelists discussed today’s congressional testimony by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — and whether or not individuals losing their plans was some kind of screw up, or part of the nanny state design of Obamacare.
Buck Sexton, leading the discussion, said this was a day in which he would have given an online “hat tip” to Ben for his years of reporting on this issue for Heartland’s Health Care News and other publications … so it was good Ben was on so he could tip his hat in person.
Ben explained on the show how he and his fellow health care policy wonks knew that the president’s innumerable, explicit promises that Americans could keep their health care plans if they were happy with them “wasn’t going to turn out to be true.”
Indeed, the administration made an active choice to restrict the grandfathering rule for health insurance plans — after Obamacare was signed into law — so that most plans would not qualify, and millions would not be keeping plans they liked. Why? Because Obamacare doesn’t work unless millions of Americans are funneled into the government-run exchanges against their will.
That’s why, Ben said, it was “silly” for Sebelius to go on Capitol Hill today and blame the “evil insurers” for millions of Americans getting cancellation notices this month. “That shouldn’t pass the smell test,” Ben said, noting that Republicans a good while back held a vote to restore the first-blush and honest grandfathering rule to Obamacare … and “every single Democrat in the Senate voted against it.”
Another panelist, Will Cain, said something I have muttered at the TV while viewing mash-ups of Obama’s lie: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” No. What Obama really meant was: “If I like your health plan, you can keep it.” Turns out the only plans Obama likes are the expensive, limited choices found in the government exchanges.
Near the end of this clip, Buck Sexton says: “This is intentional pain that was inflicted on Americans.”
Exactly right. Watch the 2:34 segment from The Blaze TV below.
What’s even longer term? “Medicare for all,” Ben says, the single-payer Dream System that the left has wanted all along. We’ll see how that works out. Watch it below:
… and that is not an exhaustive list of Ben’s projects. He’s the hardest working man in new media!