Many Americans had their health insurance policies canceled long before President Obama took office or even entered politics. Health insurance companies often canceled policies of people who became seriously ill by claiming the policy holder had a "pre-existing condition."
The same "pre-existing condition" excuse was also used to deny millions of uninsured Americans health care coverage.
For decades, Republicans never objected to those insurance policy cancellations, which were basically death sentences for people with cancer and other serious conditions.
However, now the GOP is wildly objecting every day to each insurance policy that is canceled.
A change of heart? Actually, it's the latest GOP plan to sink Obamacare and President Obama, according to a leaked memo written by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to House Republicans, reports The New York Times.
The memo, entitled "Obamacare Watch," lists several talking points: “Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance” “Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.” “The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk.” “Continue Collecting Constituent Stories.”
The memo also instructs Republicans to find Americans (via social media, town halls, etc.) who have had their insurance policies canceled by insurance companies.
This GOP strategy, which began in mid-October, is not a mission of mercy for people who have lost their insurance policies, but rather a craven attempt to find and exploit people's stories, give the insurance companies a free pass for discontinuing coverage and blame Obamacare.
However, Republicans are not mentioning the 5 million Americans being denied health care coverage via the denial of expansion of Medicaid, in states with GOP governors, notes The Huffington Post.
In response to the aggressive mass misinformation that is generated 24/7 by the GOP, President Obama has been trying to take the intellectual high road, which has not helped him in the polls.
“There’s been so much noise and so much misinformation, and this incredible organized effort to block the notion that everybody should have affordable health care in this country,” President Obama said during a speech in Washington D.C. on Nov. 4. “That I think it’s important for us to step back and take a look at what’s already been accomplished, because a lot of times it doesn’t make news."