Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) today joined with a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in advancing the "Keep Your Health Plan Act.'
The bill would allow plans currently available on the individual market to be offered next year, giving millions of Americans the opportunity to keep their policies that otherwise would be cancelled as a result of Obamacare.
"In campaigning for Obamacare, the President had a constant refrain: "if you like your health care, you can keep it,'" said Congressman Jack Kingston, who cosponsored the legislation. "Now we know that even his own staff warned him years ago that was simply not true. This proposal gives the President an opportunity to keep his promise and to shield millions of Americans from Obamacare's unaffordable premiums."
According to recent media reports, the President's own advisors were warned him as early as July 2010 that as many as half of the 14 million Americans who purchase health insurance on the individual market would not be able to keep their coverage. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has estimated that could include 400,000 Georgians.
Figures release this week revealed that just 536 Georgians have enrolled in a health plan through the government's glitch-riddled website.
"This is more than just a broken promise or a broken website," Kingston said. "It's a broken law that is harming the American people. It must be repealed and replaced. Let's come together to advance reforms that brings down the cost, expand access, and improve the quality of health care."
Among those reforms, Kingston says, are medical liability reform to curtail costly and unnecessary defensive medicine, expanding associated health plans to give small businesses and individuals the same purchasing power as big businesses, and allowing for the purchase of insurance across state lines.
"By empowering patients and doctors over government bureaucrats, we can make health care more affordable and accessible," Kingston said. "Those were the President's stated goals for health care reform. Unfortunately, Obamacare has done just the opposite."