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Change You Can Believe In? Employers Forced to Make Changes to Health Plans Under New Law

June 15th, 2010 by mopns · No Comments

Apparently, not even a weekend goes by without another story revealing yet another broken promise from President Obama on his massive, unpopular health care law.

During the year-long health care debate, Obama repeatedly emphasized, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” At one town hall meeting in North Carolina last summer, Obama said, “I have been as clear as I can be. Under the reform I’ve proposed, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. These folks need to stop scaring everybody. You know? … Nobody — nobody is talking about you forcing to have to change your plans. … And if you’ve got health insurance, we’re not going to ask you to change it.”

By now, the pattern is familiar: Friday evening the AP reported, “[A]n early draft of an administration regulation estimates that many employers will be forced to make changes to their health plans under the new law. In just three years, a majority of workers—51 percent—will be in plans subject to new federal requirements, according to the draft.” The New York Times went into a little more detail on Sunday, writing, “[I]n some respects, the rules appear to fall short of the sweeping commitments President Obama made while trying to reassure the public in the fight over health legislation. In issuing the rules, the administration said this was just one goal of the legislation, allowing people to ‘keep their current coverage if they like it.’ It acknowledged that some people, especially those who work at smaller businesses, might face significant changes in the terms of their coverage, and it said they should be able to ‘reap the benefits of additional consumer protections.’”

Of course, this comes on top of other recent reports on how the health care law is expected to fall far short of the president’s pledges. Last week, Politico reported that low-cost health care plans relied on by many part-time workers and retail and restaurant employees use could be outlawed under the bill, which “could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage.” And in May, it Fortune Magazine reported, “[M]any large companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government.”

Americans opposed this bill before it was passed and the steady flow of stories not only confirming all of the GOP’s critiques but highlighting its failure to live up to the administration’s promises almost assures the public will continue to dislike the legislation. Certainly, recent polls show little change in Americans’ attitudes toward the law. It should be repealed and replaced with real, responsible reforms that don’t pile more debt on the $13 trillion the country already owes.


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