President Obama’s continued promise that Americans would be able to keep their insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has come back to haunt him. On Wednesday, he argued that ‘bad apple insurers” were responsible for canceled insurance plans.
Here’s a look at the evolution of Obama’s claims – first promising that Americans could keep their doctors, then pledging that they could keep their insurance plans and finally, on Wednesday, explaining why insurance plans might be canceled under the Affordable Care Act.
June 15, 2009: ‘If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.’
Sept. 9, 2009: ‘Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.’
March 19, 2010: ‘If you like your doctor, you’re going to be able to keep your doctor. If you like your plan, keep your plan.’
Sept. 25, 2013: ‘If you already have health care, you don’t have to do anything.’
Oct. 30, 2013: ‘Ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans… you’ve got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage’
Source: Washington Post