They Knew

For Years The Administration ‘Knew’ Millions ‘Would Not Be Able To Keep Their Plans’

‘Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance’

“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.’” (“Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance,” NBC News, 10/28/13)

‘The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered”’ but HHS ‘wrote regulations that narrowed that provision’ “The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be ‘grandfathered,’ meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date -- the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example -- the policy would not be grandfathered.” (“Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance,” NBC News, 10/28/13)

“House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer conceded to reporters today that Democrats knew people would not be able to keep their current health care plans under Obamacare and expressed qualified contrition for President Obama’s repeated vows to the contrary. ‘We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,’ Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.” (“Top Dem Admits: ‘We Knew’” National Review’s The Corner, 10/29/13)

 

Americans ‘Irate’ & ‘Infuriated,’ ‘I Was Lied To,’ ‘You Don't Get To Keep Anything’

Michigan Retiree: ‘Irate,’ insurance plan ‘being changed’ “Richard Helgren, a Lansing, Mich., retiree, said he was ‘irate’ when he received a letter informing him that his wife Amy's $559 a month health plan was being changed because of the law. … ‘I heard him only about a thousand times,’ he said. ‘I didn't believe him when he said it though because there was just no way that was going to happen. They wrote the regulations so strictly that none of the old polices can grandfather.’” (“Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance,” NBC News, 10/28/13)

California Resident: “All we've been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it… I’m infuriated because I was lied to.” (“Some Health Insurance Gets Pricier As Obamacare Rolls Out,” Los Angeles Times, 10/26/13)

Washington Hair Stylist: ‘You don't get to keep your premiums. You don't get to keep anything’ “Nikki Gibson, a hair stylist in Seattle, is among the 290,000 people in the state who pay for their own health insurance. She received the letter from Regence a month ago. ‘It's not the truth,’ said Gibson. ‘You don't get to keep your premiums. You don't get to keep anything.’ … Regence offered Gibson a comparable plan, at almost double the premium and triple the deductible. ‘I couldn't believe how much it went up,’ said Gibson.’” (“'If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It' Not True For Many Washingtonians,” KING 5 News, 10/25/13)

Pennsylvania Resident: ‘I had heard the repeated assurances by the president…don’t worry, you’ll be able to keep your health insurance, well, that’s clearly not true. I wasn’t allowed to keep my health insurance’ “For Ian Hodge, 63, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the issue is all about getting the same care from the same doctors. When he learned his policy was canceled his reaction was ‘surprise and disgust,’ he said….‘I had heard the repeated assurances by the president and people who work for him that if you have health insurance, don’t worry, you’ll be able to keep your health insurance,’ Hodge said in a telephone interview. ‘Well, that’s clearly not true. I wasn’t allowed to keep my health insurance.’” (“Health Policies Canceled In Latest Hurdle For Obamacare,” Bloomberg, 10/29/13)

South Carolina New Mother: ‘The last thing I can do is spend hours poring over a website that isn't working’ “Heather Goldwater, 38, of South Carolina, is raising a new baby while running her own PR firm. She said she received a letter last July from Cigna, her insurance company, that said the company would no longer offer her individual plan… ‘The last thing I can do is spend hours poring over a website that isn't working, trying to wrap my head around this entire health care overhaul.’” (“Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance,” NBC News Investigations, 10/28/13)

New Jersey Small Business Owner: ‘I will have to pay between 15 percent and 19 percent of my pretax income on health insurance…That is not affordable.’ “Mark Butler and his wife, both 55, are in that group. He is self-employed and she does not work. They had a Horizon EPO plan they liked and paid $746 per month in premiums, but were told their plan won’t exist past their 2014 renewal date. … ‘If my small business makes $100,000 in a given year — not a lot of money in Morris County — I will have to pay between 15 percent and 19 percent of my pretax income on health insurance,’ Butler said. ‘That is not affordable.’” (“Obamacare: How Affordable Is Health Insurance After The Affordable Care Act?” Newark Star Ledger, 10/20/13)

North Carolina Retiree: ‘This creates a tremendous financial burden for our family’ “‘I’m 62 and retired,’ Schwab said. ‘This creates a tremendous financial burden for our family. The President told the American people numerous times that… ‘If you like your coverage, you can keep it,’’ Schwab said. ‘How can we keep it if it has been eliminated? How can we keep it if the premium has been increased 430 percent in one year?’” (“Insurance Premium Increases Shock Charlotte Consumers,” Charlotte Observer, 10/6/13)

 

The President’s Promise: ‘If You Like Your Current Plan, You Will Be Able To Keep It’

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “If you have health insurance and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period. And I won’t sign a bill that somehow would make it tougher for people to keep their health insurance. … We certainly would not be signing a bill that somehow prevented somebody from getting, from keeping insurance that they’ve already got or allow private insurers to sign up new folks if they’re providing good service.” (President Obama, Conference Call With Liberal Bloggers, 7/20/09)

  • OBAMA: “If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that: if you like your plan, you'll be able to keep it.” (President Obama, 7/21/09)
  • OBAMA: “… nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.” (President Obama, Remarks To A Joint Session Of Congress (As Prepared), 9/9/09)

 

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