Pelosi on Obamacare: 'I Don't Remember Saying that Everybody in the Country Would Have a Lower Premium'
"Everybody will have lower rates," she said in 2012.
5:24 PM, Jun 6, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Nancy Pelosi responded to news that, contrary to earlier claims by Barack Obama and Pelosi herself, Obamacare will cause health insurance premiums to rise sharply for many people who purchase their own insurance in the individual market.
"I don't remember saying that everybody in the country would have a lower premium," Pelosi said in response to a question from THE WEEKLY STANDARD. But during last year's presidential campaign, Pelosi said that because of Obamacare "everybody will have lower rates." Pelosi, the House minority leader, made the comment during a July 1, 2012 appearance on Meet the Press:
Pelosi was not alone in falsely claiming that health care premiums would go down for everyone. "If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums," Barack Obama said during his 2007 speech unveiling his health care plan. "That will be less."
But the state of California recently unveiled the policies offered under its Obamacare exchange, where all individuals must purchase insurance if they don't get it through an employer. And Forbes writer Avik Roy pointed out that typical Californians in the individual market would see rates jump by more than 100 percent:
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