The latest hit to President Obama’s credibility is difficult to write off as a slip of the tongue or a matter of semantics. No, it’s pretty clear the president told the American people on several occasions that they would be able to keep their health insurance if they liked it, even after the Affordable Care Act became law.
Like in 2009, when Obama said, “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan.” Like in 2012, when he said, “If (you) already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.” Like the countless times in between, both before and after Obamacare became law, when the president insisted that Americans would not be forced out of their current health insurance.
But a report from NBC News suggests that the president — or at least people in his administration — were well aware that millions of people who purchase individual insurance would, indeed, lose that insurance. NBC cited experts who say roughly half of the 14 million consumers who are individually insured will be receiving cancellation notices because their health care policies don’t conform to the regulations of the ACA.
The original law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010, would be grandfathered in under the regulations. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision.
“None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration,” wrote NBC reporters Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye. “Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, ’40 to 67 percent’ of customers will not be able to keep their policy.”