October 31st, 2013
08:47 PM ET
10 months ago

GOP on insurance cancellations: "We told you so"

Washington (CNN) - The White House isn't in damage-control mode solely over a bad health care website.

As the Obama administration is trying to calm concerns across the country from Americans being dropped from their current plans, Republicans on Capitol Hill are saying, "We told you so."

In March 2010, then-Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, came to the House floor as Democrats were poised to pass Obamacare and issued a warning.

"Look at this bill," Boehner said. "Ask yourself: Do you really believe that if you like the health plan that you have, that you can keep it? No, you can't."


Boehner's remarks are just one example of a Republican effort before the health care bill became the law of the land to push back on President Barack Obama's relentless sales pitch, like the one he made to the American Medical Association in June 2009.

"If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period," Obama said. "No one will take it away from you, no matter what."

When the President made that statement during the heat of the health care legislative battle, Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, dismissed the commander in chief's promise in a weekly Republican address.

"If you read the bill, that just isn't so," Price said. "For starters, within five years, every health care plan will have to meet a new federal definition for coverage, one that your current plan might not match, even if you like it."

Fast forward three years, and that's exactly what's happening.

Insurance companies continue to drop Americans from their health plans, many because the policies they had don't meet the coverage requirements under Obamacare.

The development has Democrats trying to calm concerned constituents by calling the ramped-up requirements a good thing.

"If we don't enforce this policy, insurance companies can continue offering flimsy coverage that disappears when people actually need it, and no one should want that," Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, told peers during a congressional hearing on the law's rollout Wednesday.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius struggled to explain that some current plans are no longer available because they're bad for consumers and no longer legal.

"Many women are charged 50 percent more than men. That will be illegal," Sebelius said.

However, all this creates a problem for the administration because it's not what people expected when they heard Obama promise over and over that, "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan."

While Republicans remain eager to say, "I told you so," many Democrats are private regretful - and frustrated - that they left Americans with so many expectations that did not pan out.

The No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, admitted earlier this week that his caucus and the administration should have been "more precise" in explaining not everyone will be able to keep plans they like, especially plans without mandatory coverage.

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Hooper

    Wait till the 2014 elections. You've been told.

    October 31, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. The HAM

    Just saw Delta Airlines announced that their premiums for the heath care they provide will increase in 2014 by 100 million dollars. If you think they will not have to drop the coverage or seriously cut hours you are very very wrong.
    This is just one company... Forbes says 93 million people under company coverage are in for a big surprise...
    Good luck in those mid term elections... better hope the 30 million who got it free show up... and nobody else...
    Of course it was just released that six people signed up on day one... and another couple hundred by day three...

    This is a mess...

    October 31, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP has told the public the truth about a lot of Obama Regime lies.........but the people seem bent on believing the lies.

    October 31, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Stuffit

    They did tell us about about all of the catastrophes and the lies of the regime. Another example of liberal hypocrisy is the way Ray Kelly was treated by the supposed believers of free speech at Brown University yesterday. I can't wait until the news of what OBOZOCARE did to Medicare Advantage users hits the fan. It will end once and for all that myth of democrat liberal being the defenders of senior citizens. The only people thy care about. Is dopers and welfare frauds.

    October 31, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Vicki

    Seems it is the GOP that is going down down and down. They are the ones who are incompetent and they are the ones who are nitwits. President Obama is the one doing what is right while the GOP do everything that is wrong. It was this republican congress that shut down the government and caused billions of dollars of damage to this country.

    October 31, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Vicki

    Everyone should want good health insurance. The policies that are being cancelled are policies that do not meet the excellent standards of the ACA.

    October 31, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Catmandew

    Well John was right I guess the Republicans read the bill and the democrats passed it then read it! More proof of who's trying to do their job. My only question where's the money allocated for it in the budget. Why are we broke, no budget and no attempts by leadership to correct that situation.

    October 31, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Well, it was broken before. It's not any better now.

    October 31, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein

    What the GOP hasn't told us the American public is what they would do differently. There is a growing problem of people not being able to afford medical care without medical insurance. How would the conservatives solve this problem?

    October 31, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. sonkarlay

    Republicans always say the same in 2010 and got elected on jobs and how many jobs bill ever came from republicans control house only their abortion bills came out and now the same bs again, Obama not running again for president but they doing the. Same so now i think is hatred for the first black president

    October 31, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. breaking news

    Told ya now deal with it.

    October 31, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  12. rs

    Funny, I think a majority of Americans feel exactly the same about the GOP's petulant little shutdown. Your approval rating is now just 22%- WE TOLD YOU SO.

    November 1, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  13. What's in that tea anyway?

    keep working this story of a failed roll out of a website CNN, you are getting closer to capturing new business as faux lite. Soon the knuckle draggin' followers of the Tea Clown party will be flocking to doors as they drool over your stories of the imminent demise of the socialist Obama's plans to destroy the country by offering healthcare....my goodness, who would have thought giving americans healthcare would destroy this country???? but the Tea idiots knew it all along....now you have found out Obama's evil plans for this country...... Great job. phenomenal reporting

    November 1, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  14. Thomas

    The President must be very uptight , he delegated a job to be done and carried out . His legacy is at stake .

    What has happened to American ingenuity and commitment . Are contractors so used to creating over priced product with inferior design , they know will not function properly. With a legal contract to be financially compensated regardless of failure.

    .

    November 1, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  15. MaryM

    In 2017 we will finally have single payer to fix the ACA and all those insurance companies dumping people now will be crying

    November 1, 2013 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  16. Michael Benjamin

    Of course Republicans are spinning this. For the vast majority of people who have insurance through an employer, Medicare, Medicaid, the military keeping ones insurance was an accurate statement. For those in the individual market not so much.

    November 1, 2013 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  17. buongiorno

    seriously 2+2=4 lol constantly repeating yourselves makes you look very foolish

    November 1, 2013 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  18. Maripil

    Rather than just keep bashing and criticizing the Obamacare, Republicans should help and find ways to get the healthcare benefit us all!!

    November 1, 2013 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  19. Maripil

    Obstruction and bad mouthing the new healthcare by republicans does not help their cause but rather makes them look idiotic and laughable!!

    November 1, 2013 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  20. Maripil

    The GOP is pathetic and miserable to watch them taking aim criticizing and bashing the new healthcare and also eating their own!! These people are from another planet!!

    November 1, 2013 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  21. Evergreen

    Policy should be required to meet a minimum standard. There is nothing worse than making insurance payments for years then when you need it you find out that you did not have the coverage you thought. This includes homeowners insurance and car insurance as well.

    November 1, 2013 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  22. Marie MD

    Thanks faux news lite for continuing to perpetuate the lies the teaklans are shoving down our throats.
    If you already have health insurance through work you don't need the ACA.
    My company told us that we could NOT sign up for Obamacare since the company pays our insurance. They did, however, in the last two years increase premiums quite a bit to make sure our insurance company doesn't lose money in the meantime.

    November 1, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  23. don in albuquerque

    While CNN has clearly shown itself aligned with the GOTP, this type of reporting, and what the GOTP are saying is a total fabrication. A few years ago I bought an insurance policy (if you want to call it that) that at the time I did not realize had a total yearly max pay out of $6,000 dollars. If you have a major problem guess how long that will last you in the hospital. Try about three hours. I would then be left with a mamouth bill, or bankrupcy. Recently my wife had a heart attack and had a stint put in. Cost was around 70,000. I came out owing after my new policy paid about 2,000.
    Her hospital stay was about a day and a half. Does this ring any bells for you ding dongs.

    November 1, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    It started out that those with worthless 'junk' policies would only be the ones who would have to have upgrades. The insurance companies found a way to alter some other policies. I have watched CNBC, Fox, and CNN try to find people who are really getting screwed, but it turns out that, after true research by real newspeople, most are getting a better policy than they had before, and can get an upgraded policy from that for relatively little. Be patient, look at the options, and don't go on the feeding frenzy that Fox, CNN, CNBC, and the party of shut down have created.

    November 1, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  25. medbird1

    Trying to do something for the American people's critical health issues is better than doing nothing for 24 billion. You can refute the opinion, but not the facts. When your sitting in your comfortable chair in front of your monitor, somewhere there is a person who needs this type of help. When did being callous and self-serving become our pledge of allegiance. "One nation under money hallowed be thy problem" My parents taught me better. It's sad when the "time-out" generation lost the battle with their children and we must be as miserable as them. A ledger cannot tell you how to live your life or gain fulfillment. One thing we all must ask ourselves is out of the twelve hours we are awake how many of them are we happy or at peace? If the answer is less than 3 then something is wrong with our state of minds. God bless

    November 1, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
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