The law attempted to mitigate this from happening but you can’t stop insurers from cancelling policies, unless you want to fully nationalize health care. Still Republicans are feigning anger the president didn’t tell the truth. He couldn’t promise that all Americans would keep the plans they had when the ACA passed. And now 3% of the insured in America who are losing their policies may possibly have to pay more for new policies.
But what is the GOP offering other than anger — repeal. They’d like us to go back in time to when insurance premiums and employee contributions both went up by more than 170%.
In the pre-ACA world, you could be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition and possibly have your plan rescinded if you didn’t meet strict guidelines.
I have great sympathy for those who are now in doubt and possibly unable to use HealthCare.gov to find their new plan as quickly as they’d like. (And I get the irony of a man who became president largely because of the Internet now seeing his signature accomplishment threatened by a website.)
But I have no sympathy for Republicans who pretend to care about the uninsured, while denying health insurance to 5 million poor Americans Medicaid expansion that will fully subsidized by the federal government for 3 years and about 90% subsidized thereafter.
I have sympathy who feel the president promised them that he could control the profit motives of insurance companies as they transitioned to the ACA. He couldn’t then but his promises are creating a far more stable, humane health care system than the cobbled together Frankenstein’s monster that was health care in America before the ACA.
But Republicans complaining about lies are like flies complaining about poop.
Republicans pretend to care about the economy while engineering a government shutdown that took $24 billion of it. They pretend to care about regulations while shoveling them on people trying to vote and women trying to make their own medical situations. And they pretend to care about health insurance while plotting to take it away from tens of millions.
But I’m willing to make a deal for the GOP: Pass a health care plan that lets everyone keep their insurance without ever paying more and I’ll take you seriously. Or if you can’t do that, just skip your next pretend repeal, which would cancel up to 137 million Americans’ insurance, and pass any health care reform plan.