Hume: President's health care promise 'impossible' to keep

Response to what ObamaCare really does


On "The Kelly File" here on Fox News the other night, Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm and one of the designers of the Affordable Care Act explained why so many people are losing their health insurance. "It does seem to me," he said, "that we should have a policy that you have to have a minimum amount of care."

That minimum, however, includes such things as maternity and pediatric care. Helpful no doubt for young people, especially those with kids. But for older people with no children and no intention of having any, such services are useless, as are the higher premiums they entail. But Under ObamaCare people have to have them and insurance companies are not allowed to sell policies without them. Thus the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of existing policies.

But what about President Obama's explicit promise that if you like your insurance you can keep it? He later amended that to the government is not going to make you change plans. But that's not true either, because the government has made many lower-cost plans illegal.

Emanuel and others argue such plans were a ripoff, and that people should have better ones. But better in whose opinion? Why the government's, of course. And never mind the President's repeated promise it would never come to this, a promise the very design of ObamaCare made impossible to keep.

Maybe the president knew this. Maybe he didn't. Maybe he simply didn't care.