November 1, 2013

Senate Democrats Supported Rule Responsible For Insurance Cancellations

CNN reported today that back in September 2010, Senate Democrats who now support delaying parts of ObamaCare voted to protect the grandfather rule that is now leading to Americans getting notices from their provider that their preferred insurance plans have been canceled.

Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out. In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.

On a party line vote, Senate Democrats – including Mark Begich (D-AK), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) – united to support the ObamaCare rule that is now contributing to people losing their health insurance plans and breaking the promises they made to their constituents that if they liked their plan, they could keep it.

In August 2009, Begich told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce that no matter what you see in the media, “the reality is that if you got an insurance plan now, you like it, you keep it:”

BEGICH: “Simply, no matter what you read, what you see on TV in these ads, how people hype it up on talk radio, the reality is that if you got an insurance plan now, you like it, you keep it. That’s yours. You can do whatever you want. You want to change, there will be options. But what you have, you can keep. If you have a doctor you like, keep your doctor.”

In September 2009, Kay Hagan said on the Senate floor that the HELP committee, of which she is a member, “crafted a bill that ensures that people who like their insurance and their doctors keep them:”

HAGAN: “And between 2001 and 08 the number of uninsured in North Carolina increased from 1.1 million to 1.4 million people, without action this number is going to continue to grow. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee crafted a bill that ensures that people who like their insurance and their doctors keep them. They also expand access to health insurance for those without it and slows down the skyrocketing cost of health care. Three critical components that President Obama called for in his speech to congress two weeks ago.”

In December 2009, Mary Landrieu said 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.”

In December 2009, Mark Pryor said that ObamaCare would “protect and expand an individual’s choice of doctors and insurance plans.”

PRYOR: “Elements of this package will drive down costs for families, small businesses, and government; protect and expand an individual’s choice of doctors and insurance plans without any government interference; and assure affordable, reliable healthcare for every Arkansan.”