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Remember when Barack Obama assured Americans repeatedly that Obamacare would lower the healthcare premiums back to $2500 per family per year.

Well he, who plays golf, fiddles and hobnobs with Hollywood’s Communist elites while the nation burns lied about that too.

In the middle of a hearing yesterday with the House Ways and Means Committee, Health & Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius conceded that health insurance premiums in increase next year but suggested that might increase at a slower rate than they have thus far.

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DailyMail.co.uk

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told House Ways and Means Committee members on Wednesday that she expects health insurance rates to increase as the Affordable Care Act takes full effect.

‘I think premiums are likely to go up,’ she conceded under questioning, ‘but go up at a slower pace’ than they have already under Obamacare.

President Obama famously promised in 2008 and 2009 that his health insurance overhaul plan would lower the cost of health care for an average family by $2,500 per year.

And as a March 31 deadline approaches, the date when Americans will face fines if they don’t have medical insurance, Sebelius told the panel that there will be ‘no delay’ in enforcing that so-called individual mandate.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille said during a conference call on Tuesday that ‘we have no plans to extend the open enrollment period’ that began amid fits and starts on October 1.

‘In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014,’ she said.

On Wednesday, Republican Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp asked Sebelius if she agreed.

‘I haven’t seen their statements,’ she replied, despite having been on the conference call, ‘but there is no delay beyond March 31….’ 

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In addition, Senator Dave Camp questioned Sebelius about the number of paid enrollees, previously insurance to which Sebelius could not or would not respond.  Camp further queried Sebelius about Harry Reid’s statement that everyone who claims to have experienced Obamacare horrors lied. No different from her responses last year, in each instant, Sebelius’ responded by dancing around the question.

“I think premiums are likely to go up, but go up at a smaller pace than what we’ve seen since 2010.”  Kathleen Sebelius.  Re-assuring isn’t it?