Phil Gingrey accuses Sebelius of misleading the voters that they can keep their health plan if they like it.
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., today questioned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary about the disastrous Obamacare rollout and whether the administration misled the public regarding promises that patients could keep their existing health care plans. Gingrey also addressed specific constituent concerns, including skyrocketing monthly premiums and “dropped from coverage” notices, despite repeated reassurances from the Obama administration that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” Gingrey compared this to a notice informing seniors their Medicare premiums would double or they would be dropped from coverage in a matter of weeks.
“Now, perhaps had you known that millions would lose their coverage, that families would face ‘financial disaster’, as one constituent recently told me, or that the exchange rollout would be plagued by the multiple delays we have seen, you would not consider it such a ‘badge of honor,’” Gingrey said. “The fact is, your words and those of the President as he campaigned last year that, “If you already have insurance you like, you can keep it” seem to be directly refuted by the millions of cancellation notices already sent to Americans in the past few weeks. Whether your statement was inaccurate, or as Mr. Hoyer said yesterday, “not precise enough”, it does strike me that millions of individuals, who, by listening to speeches like yours, voted believing one thing, now find themselves without coverage and are now scrambling to find coverage in a marketplace that offers more expensive plans with fewer options for care.”
Gingrey also asked Sebelius whether individual mandate “hardship exemptions” would be granted to millions of eligible Americans given the administration’s failure to finalize the exemption application process.
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