Sequels are really popular at your local theater box office. They’re not so popular when it comes to ObamaCare. Remember this? If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. That was the promise. This is what President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009.
“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what,” Obama said.
Then a year ago when plans got canceled that didn’t meet Affordable Care Act minimums, thousands of people lost insurance plans they liked and wanted. It led to an explosion of criticism from every corner of the country.
The Obama administration — much to the consternation of insurance regulators and insurance companies — changed the rules to allow those plans to continue. Some regulators allowed it and so did some insurers.
But not all.
So here we are again. Same issue. Different year. A dozen states are moving as this is being written to do away with policies not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. It will be interesting to see how the Obama administration responds to this being that it happens so close to the general election.
Or so says Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “It looks like several hundred thousand people across the country will receive notices in the coming days and weeks.”
A lot of those people will also not be able to keep their doctors as was also promised by President Obama when the Affordable Care Act was being formed. Higher deductibles and more out-of-pocket expenses loom on the horizon.