While President Obama attempts to mend his broken promises to the American people regarding the Affordable Care Act, one Republican is working to make sure that the Obama administration follows through on its commitments.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced Friday he plans to introduce a bill titled the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act” next week. The legislation will amend the Affordable Care Act to allow Americans to keep their current health insurance plans as opposed to discontinuing such plans and forcing them into the exchanges.
“Americans want the freedom to choose their own plans and want to be in control of their own health care,” Johnson said in a press release. “They don’t want Obamacare destroying what they have and what they like. They don’t want their personal choices regarding their health plans and their families’ health plans canceled by Obamacare.”
In the three weeks since the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace opened for business, hundreds of thousands have received notices from insurers canceling their policies. In California, 160,000 with Kaiser Permanente received such notices, as did 300,000 insured with Florida Blue and 76,000 covered by CareFirst in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
Johnson’s bill attempts to rectify the Obama administration’s failed promise of consumers being able to keep their plans.
“One of the most important promises made by President Obama and Democrat congressional leadership to promote the Affordable Care Act was that Americans who were satisfied with their health plans could keep them,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “That promise has been broken.”
Since the federal and state exchanges opened more than three weeks ago — to glitches and malfunctions — several members of Congress spurned from Obamacare. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced constitutional amendments in their respective chambers making all laws applicable to U.S. citizens equally applicable to officials in all three branches of government, including the President, members of Congress and U.S. Supreme Court justices.