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‘Criminal investigation’ of Obamacare sought

November 19, 2013

Faced with a revolt in his party because of the disastrous rollout of  Obamacare, Barack Obama repeatedly has argued that only people who buy insurance  individually are losing their policies, which is about 5 percent of the  market.

However, much like his promise that people can keep their plans if they like  them, that statement, too, appears to be a lie.

The June 17, 2010, entry  in the Federal Register, under “Estimates of  the Cumulative Percentage of Employer Plans Relinquishing Their Grandfather  Status,” said as many as 80 percent of “Small Employer Plans” would be ended by  Obamacare.

National Review Institute Senior Fellow Andrew C. McCarthy, a former U.S.  prosecutor who handled the cases against the terrorists involved in the first  World Trade Center bombing, put the prognostication in perspective in  a commentary, noting 156 million Americans receive health care coverage  through their employment.

“That is to say: During all these years, while Obama was repeatedly assuring  Americans, ‘If you like your health-insurance plan, you can keep your  health-insurance plan,’ he actually expected as many as seven out of every  10 Americans covered by employer plans to lose their coverage. For  small business, he expected at least one out of every two Americans, or as many  as four out of every five, to lose their coverage.’

McCarthy, a board member of the American Freedom Law Center, the  AFLC, called for a criminal investigation by the U.S. House of  Representatives.

“A criminal investigation should be opened. Obviously, the Obama Justice  Department will not do that, but the House of Representatives should commence  hearings into the offenses that have been committed in the president’s deception  of the American people,” he said.

The AFLC said the Obama administration even doubled down on its estimate that  tens of millions of Americans who have employer-sponsored health-care coverage  would lose it because of Obamacare.

That came in a lawsuit the organization brought on behalf of Priests for Life  and several workers, including Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece.

The case challenges the Obamacare regulations that require certain non-exempt  religious employers to provide insurance plans that include abortifacients.

On Oct. 17, according to AFLC, the Obama Department of Justice filed a brief  in defense of the mandate, stating Obamacare’s “grandfathering provision’s  incremental transition does not undermine the government’s interests in a  significant way.”

“Even under the grandfathering provision, it is projected that more group  health plans will transition to the requirements under the regulations as time  goes on,” the brief said. “Defendants have estimated that a majority of group  health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.”

McCarthy told Megyn Kelly on the Fox News’ television program “The Kelly  File” that the admission is demonstrable proof of Obama’s “sinister” lie to the  American people.

Robert Muise, AFLC co-founder and senior counsel, said the Obama  administration’s “startling admission of its full knowledge that the insurance  coverage of tens of millions of Americans would be terminated in 2013 is further  proof that Obamacare is a train wreck.”

“From the outright lies to the abominable violations of constitutionally  protected religious liberties, the president’s ‘signature’ achievement will go  down as one of most egregious cases of government tyranny,” he said.

David Yerushalmi, who founded AFLC with Muise, said that what President Obama  is doing “to the uniquely American constitutional republic – a nation of laws  not of charismatic charlatans – appears nearly irreversible.”

“But, at long last and thankfully, the American people are waking up to the  atrocity that is Obamacare and are accordingly holding President Obama and his  army of liberal, progressive bureaucrats accountable for their destructive  policies and lies,” he said.

“Our American liberties will not go silently in the night because of the  vigilance of fighters for faith and freedom like Andy McCarthy and the American  Freedom Law Center. Still, while President Obama is retreating with his tail  under his legs, the fight is not over,” said Yerushalmi.

Hinderaker said the only reason that it is not tens of millions of Americans  receiving cancellation notices of their employer-sponsored policies is that for  political reasons the Obama administration delayed the application of Obamacare  to employers for one year.

But he said the administration’s move doesn’t solve the problem.

“At most, it pushes the cancellations back by one year (although for many, it  is likely already too late). Presumably the Democrats are just trying to quiet  the furor over Obamacare until they get past the next election.”

McCarthy said that “while the president has been telling us that, under the  vaunted grandfathering provision, all Americans who like their health-insurance  plans will be able to keep them, ‘period,’ his administration has been  representing in federal court that most health plans would lose their  ‘grandfather status’ by the end of this year.”

It’s not just the “5 percent” of individual-market consumers, he said, but  close to all consumers, he pointed out, including well over 100 million American  workers who get coverage through their jobs, who are expected to “transition to  the requirements under the [Obamacare] regulations.”

“That is,” he explained, “their health-insurance plans would be eliminated.  They would be forced into Obamacare-compliant plans, with all the prohibitive  price hikes and coercive mandates that ‘transition’ portends.”


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