The mantra by President Obama during his campaign for passage of the Affordable Care Act was that nothing would change for Americans who were happy with their insurance.
"No matter what you've heard, if you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it," the President said in his weekly radio address, August 15, 2009.
And he repeated one form or another of that promise — and, make no mistake, it was a promise — as he crisscrossed the country building support.
It was a comforting message.
Eighty-five percent of Americans have health insurance, available through their employer, Medicare or Medicaid. No doubt a majority are reasonably satisfied with their coverage, otherwise the President wouldn't have been so persistent in his assurances.
But once Obamacare became law, employers began calculating the impact of the some 18,000 pages of rules and regulations, and what we're finding out now is that the much-heralded promise was empty.
Here are a few of the most recent examples:
n The University of Virginia has decided that because of rising health care costs and the "looming fees and taxes connected with federal health reform," spouses of UVA employees who have coverage through their own employers will be dropped Jan. 1st.
n United Parcel Service announced an identical measure. About 15,000 spouses now on the UPS plan will have to get insurance from their own employer. UPS said the decision was due to the costs associated with ACA.
n The Nevada state AFL-CIO passed a resolution this week condemning what it called the "unintended consequences" of ACA. The labor union predicted the law will lead to "the destruction of the 40-hour work week, higher taxes and force union members onto more costly plans."