"If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what." Despite knowing for years that this was a lie, President Obama repeated this promise hundreds of times as he sold the misnamed "Affordable Care Act" to the American people.
The President also specifically claimed costs would drop by an average of $2,500 annually. Again, this claim has not come close to being true in the real world. Many people looking for new insurance in the exchanges are finding plans costing much more than their previous coverage. One initial study has calculated the average increase to be 99% for men and 62% for women.
As the public becomes more aware of the truth about Obamacare, the list of Democrat congressmen running for political cover grows rapidly. At minimum, they should join me and my Republican colleagues in cosponsoring the "Keep Your Health Plan Act,' which would put the President's promise into law and save people from needless disruptions in their health insurance.
Passing this legislation would help mitigate the damage in the short term. In the long term, opponents of the ACA must unify around a viable alternative because the pre-Obamacare status quo was also unacceptable. We will not have done our job until Obamacare is replaced with real reform which lowers costs, provides choice, and is a fair deal for all Americans.
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