White House Press Secretary Jay Carney recently appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where, according to National Review Online, “former Bush administration communications chief Nicolle Wallace grilled” him on Barack Obama’s phony promise that Americans could keep their health care plans under Obamacare. Actually, a grinning Wallace reminds Carney that he used to be a “journalist” and would have been in the administration’s face over far lesser indiscretions.
After the two have a good laugh over Carney’s obvious two-facedness, Wallace turns to the matter of policy cancellation letters rolling in as a result of the launch of the health care exchanges. Carney counters that “only a sliver or a cut” of the population is affected.
Weasel Zippers offers a map showing what that mere “sliver” looks like:
The map is damning enough without provisos or qualifiers, of which WZ provides several. These include the observation that only customers from the individual market are reflected on the map. It doesn’t, in other words, take into account those with employer plans, many of whom are also being affected and having to pay more, or those with group plans at work that are being phased out.
As for costs, Jeff Dunetz has a piece today citing a Manhattan Institute analysis, which reveals that premiums will increase across the board by an average of 41%. You can call that a sliver, but it depends on your definition of what a sliver is.