The CEO of a major health insurance company appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning to defend President Barack Obama’s signature health care program, arguing insurance companies aren’t booting individuals from their current plans but merely “transitioning” them to new ones.
“We’re not cutting people,” Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty said. “We’re actually transitioning people.”
“What we’ve been doing is informing folks that their plan doesn’t meet the test of the essential health benefits, therefore they have a choice of many options that we make available through the exchange,” he continued.
“This really is a transition,” Geraghty reiterated.
Critics of Obama’s landmark health care law have skewered the president’s program, claiming individuals who like their current coverage will ultimately lose it under the law.
On Friday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he will introduce the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act.”
“One of the most important promises made by President Obama and Democrat congressional leadership to promote the Affordable Care Act was that Americans who were satisfied with their health plans could keep them,” Johnson said in a press release. “That promise has been broken.”
Johnson said the legislation, entitled ‘If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It,” will “amend the law to make Obamacare live up to the promises of the politicians who sold the plan to the American public.”
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