Press Release

Bishop Supports Bill Allowing Americans to Keep Their Current Healthcare Coverage

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Washington, November 15, 2013 | melissa.subbotin@mail.house.gov | comments
WASHINGTON– Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013 to address the fallacy told by President Barack Obama that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would allow the American people to retain their health insurance plan if they chose to do so.  The legislation [H.R. 3350] will allow health insurance issuers to continue offering plans in 2014 that don’t necessarily meet the Obamacare requirements, ensuring that Americans who like their plans can keep their plans as the President promised.

On August 15, 2009, President Barack Obama stated:

I just want to be completely clear about this; I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren't listening — if you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. Nobody is going to force you to leave your health care plan. (source: whitehouse.gov)

Despite assurances from President Obama and other Obamacare backers that “you can keep your health care plan,” more than three and a half million Americans on the  individual insurance market have received notices that their health insurance plans are being cancelled and that they in fact will not be able to retain their current coverage.

“President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid sold the American people a bill of goods.  They lied and now they expect us to trust them to fix it. The roll out of this law has been so fraught with error, it could be fodder for a tragic comedy theater production,” said Congressman Bishop.

President Obama has signed seven bills into law that have repealed portions of Obamacare since it was first passed in 2010.  Additionally, the President has unilaterally issued administrative fixes to the law.

“It is unlikely that Harry Reid will ever agree to repeal this disastrous law, but a full repeal is the best solution.  In the meantime, the House will continue to roll back some of the most egregious components of the bill. Changes to existing law should be the result of an open and legal constitutional process and not the President’s capitulation to current political trends.   The President’s decision to change laws whenever he wants because of political pressure illustrates his lack of regard for the rights and freedom of the American people,” Bishop added.

                                                            

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