President Turns to Damage Control As Termination Notices Blanket Country – Promise that Americans Can Keep Plan “No Matter What” Morphs into “If it Hasn’t Changed”
September 26, 2013: “The first thing you need to know is this: If you already have health care, you don’t have to do anything.“
November 5, 2013: “Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed. So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you’re grandfathered in on that plan.”
In selling the health care law through the years, President Obama repeatedly offered promises such as, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” But for millions of Americans receiving cancelation notices, it turns out the test was not whether they liked their plan, but whether the White House liked it.
As Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) explained, “The bottom line is this: The president said you can keep your own doctor. The president said, even as late as September, ‘if you like what you’re getting for your health care, you don’t have to do anything because you can just keep it.’ Well, that’s not the case for millions of Americans who are getting these cancelation notices.”
The president’s attempts to soften and backpedal from his repeated promise do nothing to help the millions of Americans who took the president at his word and were counting on keeping their plan. Chairman Upton has introduced the Keep Your Health Plan Act to provide peace of mind to the millions of Americans who want to keep their health care plan. H.R. 3350 would allow health plans that were available at the start of this year to continue to be offered next year, allowing individuals the choice to continue enrolling in those plans that they like and can afford. While the president is worried about damage control, Energy and Commerce Committee members are focused on real solutions.