After President Clinton Urges President Obama to Keep His Promise, “Even If It Takes A Change In the Law,” White House “Ripped” Into House Effort To Help Americans

November 12, 2013

Former President’s Comments Come as House Preps for Vote On Keep Your Health Plan Act

In addition to fixing’s technology failures, the Obama administration has found itself having to answer to the millions of Americans who, despite the president’s repeated assurances, are receiving cancellation notices from their current health plans. While the administration has amplified its media efforts, the House of Representatives has been focused on solutions. This Friday, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act, to help provide peace of mind to these Americans. Former President Bill Clinton weighed in today, saying in an interview, “even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.” President Obama last week said, “I am sorry they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” but as Chairman Upton commented, “If the president is serious about offering relief to Americans whose health plans are being canceled, then he should strongly support the Keep Your Health Plan Act.” Yet this afternoon, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney instead “ripped” into the thoughtful effort to provide those millions of Americans receiving cancellation notices relief. According to Roll Call, Carney indicated that “the president has yet to decide on what to do” to help those Americans who took the president at his word but are losing their current coverage.

November 12, 2013

Clinton: Government Should ‘Honor’ Health Care Pledge

President Barack Obama should consider changes to his health care law to honor his pledge to allow consumers to keep their health care plans if they so desire, former President Bill Clinton said in an interview released Tuesday.

Clinton told the website OZY that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been, on balance, a good thing. "The big lesson is that we're better off with this law than without it," Clinton said.   But he also lent some credence to GOP attacks on the law.

"I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got," Clinton said.

The former president was referencing the pledge Obama made repeatedly during his sales job of the health care law that if individuals liked their current health care plan, they could keep it.  In an interview with NBC News last week the president apologized for cancellations many individual policy holders are receiving and said his administration is looking at ways to change that part of the law.

Republicans have seized upon instances in which consumers have had their health plans canceled since the opening of the new insurance exchanges on Oct. 1, which effectively forces those consumers into new plans, either with their current insurers or the government exchanges.  Those impacted are Americans who purchase their own insurance, accounting for about five percent of Americans.  Those who receive their insurance through their employers are not impacted by that part of the law. …

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