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Hartford Courant: Obama misled, overpromised on health reform
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The following editorial appeared Friday in The Hartford Courant:

President Obama lied, misled, misspoke — however you want to frame it — when he said that if you liked your health care plan, you could keep it, period, under his Affordable Care Act.

In fact, plans are getting canceled that are not compliant with the ACA's requirements of certain minimum benefits. This is a cruel surprise to many policyholders.

That's far from the only problem with Obamacare. Sixteen senators from his own party told the president Wednesday he's facing a "crisis of confidence" if he doesn't fix the messed-up healthcare.gov website fast.

Even Democratic champions of the law are feeling misled about its flaws. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana told a top administration official Wednesday, "You've got to tell us what's going on, candidly, fully ... The more you don't tell us, the greater the problem is going to be."

There are other examples of promises that stretched the truth to the breaking point. Mr. Obama claimed in 2008 that the health care act would "lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year." That was, to put it politely, a "misleading" campaign promise based on what the respected organization FactCheck.org calls "misleading math."

Just as misleading, however, are claims of some conservatives that Obamacare will increase family premiums by $7,000 or more. The study that this claim is based on said premiums could decrease by as much as 19 percent and increase as much as 67 percent.

The ACA has enough to recommend it — including reducing the ranks of the uninsured by 30 million, as well as guaranteeing health insurance for everyone — and it certainly has enough to criticize, without the false statements.

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