Appearing on a talk Show in Oregon, Sunday, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) said that the president was “grossly misleading” when he pledged repeatedly that you can keep your health care plan, if you like it.
“I think the president was grossly misleading to the American public,” Schrader told Laural Porter, the host of Straight Talk. “I know right away as a veterinarian, I have my own business, that my policies got cancelled even before the Affordable Care Act. I know that I would change policies on a regular basis, trying to find the best deal for myself and my employees. But a lot of Americans, a lot of Oregonians, have stayed with the same policy for a number of years and are shocked that their policy got cancelled.”
He also accused White House Press Secretary Jay Carney of using “double talk” and being misleading on ObamaCare.
But Congressman Schrader is one to talk. As of this morning he still has the promise that if you are currently insured, nothing changes – – – on his own website.
4. I’m insured – what happens to me?
If you are insured and are happy with your current coverage, nothing changes. You will still benefit from all the efforts to drive down the overall costs of health care. The ACA has many tools in place to help develop a more efficient health care delivery system focused on quality of care, not quantity of care.
Additionally, with the new protections that prevent insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions or limiting annual and lifetime coverage, you won’t have to worry about finding new coverage if your current situation changes. The health insurance exchanges will allow individuals to shop for quality coverage at competitive, affordable premiums. And because of the ACA, millions of people without coverage today will have coverage in the future. That means your premiums could be even lower.
The next question muddies the water a bit, claiming that you won’t be forced to give up your coverage — but if your insurer changes your plan (as the ACA regulations forced them to do) a new plan would have to conform to the new requirements. In other words – you WILL be forced to give up your coverage for (more expensive) ACA approved coverage.
5. Will I be forced to give up my current coverage anduse coverage that is forced on me?
No, but if your insurer changes your plan, the new plan must conform with ACA requirements like Basic Benefits Coverage while prohibiting the following: denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions, limits on annual and lifetime coverage, co-pays for preventive care, etc.
Talk about misleading doubletalk.