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ObamaCare Architect Bombs On Defending ObamaCare

- October 25, 2016

Today, On CNN's New Day Ezekiel Emanuel Said That ObamaCare Premium Increases Will Be "Severe Or Uncomfortable" For 1 Million People. CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "-- I don't know that that fully covers all of the increase. Even if it does, that's still more than a million Americans who are going to not have help and who are going to see increases of, on average, 25%. That's a lot of money for the average American." EZEKIEL EMANUEL: "Jake, totally agree with you. There's a million people for whom this is going to be severe or uncomfortable." (CNN's " New Day," 10/25/16)

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Emanuel Continued Saying That Arizona's Premium Increases Are A Real Problem Not Entirely Solved By Subsidies. TAPPER: "Let me cherry pick a state of my own. Arizona." EMANUEL: "I just said that." TAPPER: "Premiums will jump 116%." EMANUEL: "Yes, and the question is, what were they before and what are they after? And look, I think it's a real problem there. We need to get more people in. At 116% increase, the subsidies will moderate the increase, bring it pretty close to under 10%, but is not going to solve the entire problem." (CNN's " New Day," 10/25/16)

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Emanuel Capped Off His Appearance By Contradicting President Obama's 2009 Promise By Saying That Premiums Have Not Gone Down In Real Dollars. TAPPER: "I think one of the reasons why there are so many people who are upset has to do with how the program was pitched back in 2009, 2010. Here is President Obama talking about the exchanges. Take a listen." PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (CLIP): "If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan. Period. You're going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that, if you're an employee at a big company you can get right now which means your premiums will go down." TAPPER: "Your premiums will go down. There are a lot of Americans that are going to say that didn't come true, that was false." EMANUEL: "This is a complicated thing. Actually, Jake, I would love to come back and show a graph where that can fully explain the president's comment. In fact, if you look at health insurance premiums from the Bush era and you graph the line as if it continued, the fact is that premiums have gone substantially down compared to where they would have been under President Bush if those lines have continued. And people have saved. That doesn't mean that premiums have gone down in real dollars but they've gone down compared to what they would have been. And that is a substantial savings. Second of all, many people in the exchanges are actually getting a better deal than they would have had they tried to get insurance individually. And let's remember, Jake, the period before, under President Bush and before we got rid of pre-existing conditions and other things that was not so nice. Lots of people couldn't even get insurance because they had a pre-existing condition. Now they can in the exchanges. And for many people that is a big advantage. Also remember, a lot of kids up to age 26 that couldn't get insurance now have their parents' plans. Those are all big improvements for 20 million Americans. That's a huge benefit of the Affordable care act." TAPPER: "it's a big improvement for many Americans, and then also some struggles and some difficulties and unaffordable rates for other Americans. Zeke, bring your chart next time and I'll let you show it. Appreciate it." (CNN's "New Day," 10/25/16)

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