CBS News: More Than 2 Million Americans Cannot Renew Current Health Insurance
"THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG"
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Millions of Americans are reportedly having their current health insurance plans canceled due to President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
According to CBS News, more than 2 million people have learned they cannot renew their current insurance policies because of Obamacare. That is more than triple the number of people who are buying health care through the federal exchanges.
This comes despite Obama previously pledging that no Americans would lose their current health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. The White House backtracked that line Monday.
“What the president said and what everybody said all along is that there are going to be changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act to create minimum standards of coverage,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
Industry expert Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Foundation says reality is finally starting to set in.
“The winners outnumber the losers here, but because of all the website problems, it’s hard to find out who the winners are because they don’t even know it themselves,” Levitt told CBS News.
NBC News reported Monday that the Obama administration knew that millions of Americans would lose their current health care plans.
Obama will to Faneuil Hall in Boston on Wednesday as his administration continues to deal with issues related to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Faneuil Hall is where former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney — Obama’s rival in the 2012 presidential election — signed the state’s landmark health care law in 2006, with top Democrats standing by his side.
White House adviser David Simas tells The Boston Globe it’s the perfect setting to show how Democrats and Republicans can work together.
Obama’s visit is planned on the same day Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before Congress on problems with the health care website.