Republicans Give More Misinformation About Obamacare

Photo courtesy of 401(K) 2013 via flickr.com

Photo courtesy of 401(K) 2013 via flickr.com

Republicans were apparently furious that government would dare intrude on an insurance company’s freedom to offer a terrible product to desperate people.

– from NY Times article (published October 30)

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee grilled Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, for three-and-a-half hours about one of the “failures” of Obamacare- namely that some people’s individual insurance policies had been “cancelled” because of the program.

While it is true that some people have received word from their insurance companies that their policies have been dropped, it’s not for the reason the GOP wants you to think. Actually, the reason has to do with the benefits of Obamacare, not its failures (though the true test of whether this new health care will work will be time and the experiences of people who have been using it). The article notes that the only people who will ever receive these cancellation letters will be people whose current insurance is deemed inadequate by the new minimum standards put in place by the Obamcare system.

People with such plans are simply told that their current policies have to be upgraded or changed, not that they’re completely kicked off of insurance coverage.  As the Times article puts it:

Some of those old policies were so full of holes that they didn’t include hospitalization, or maternity care, or coverage of other serious conditions.

The Republicans who demanded answers of Sebelius brought up the strange point that people should be allowed to keep their current policies regardless of any holes it may have. The Republican version of the “right to choose,” I suppose. But who would choose to have a terrible health care plan?

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