Several hours ago this story was published at the NBC News site, but mysteriously disappeared – after serious social media pushback on it from the White House. Coincidence? Here’s a snippet:
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.
Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”
At the time of this writing, NBC has provided no sensible explanation as to why the story – accessed in the tens of thousands of times by curious readers – was initially pulled. They’ve since re-posted the story, but I haven’t had a chance to sift through to see if changes were made. They didn’t note any corrections at the bottom of the page. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but this is definitely one of those things that make you go” hmmm.” BTW, don’t put it past the WH to try to seriously intimidate journalists. It has happened before.
If no changes WERE made to it, was it due to complaints from readers angry that it had been taken down? Was there really a “URL issue” as their Twitter page is now claiming? Weasel Zippers is currently comparing the original versus the fresh posting so stay tuned them for potential further developments. It’s late, and I’m about to hit the pillow.