November 6, 2013

Even More Louisianans Are Losing Their Health Insurance, But Mary Landrieu Promised They Would Not.

According to The Advocate, more than half of the state’s individual insurance policies will be canceled due to ObamaCare.

Nearly 93,000 Louisiana residents who are losing their health insurance plans must decide by the end of March whether to upgrade with their provider, shop on the Affordable Care Act exchanges or pay a fine.

Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon said Tuesday that insurance companies are reporting 92,793 individual insurance plan discontinuations – his initial estimate was at least 80,000 – mostly because the policies are bare-bones plans that do not meet the Affordable Care Act coverage standards or because the policies have excessive deductibles.

“It’s higher than expected,” Donelon said of the number of discontinuations in the state. “We had no way of telling, but it’s a little bit higher (than anticipated).”

The amount represents just more than half of the roughly 165,000 individual insurance policies in Louisiana, which has roughly 4.6 million residents.

In December 2009, Mary Landrieu (D-LA) promised on the Senate floor that individuals being able to keep their current insurance plans is a “very accurate description” of ObamaCare:

LANDRIEU: “While those individuals who like the coverage they already have will be able to keep their current plan. This is a very accurate description of this bill before us. The Patient Protection And Affordability Act. It’s very accurate.”

At Legis-Gator in August 2013, Landrieu told the audience that she would vote for ObamaCare again ” tomorrow.”

LANDRIEU: “No more free riders. Everyone has to share responsibility. So we can keep a healthy workforce, and keep it strong. And I can give you more information about it. If I had to vote for the bill again, I would vote for it tomorrow. There are a lot of good things about this bill.”