Ron Johnson Introduces ‘If You Like Your Health Care, You Can Keep It Act’

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, speaks in an interview in his temporary senate office on Monday, February 14, 2011.
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Sophie Novack
Oct. 31, 2013, 5:32 a.m.

In re­sponse to the grow­ing out­cry over in­sur­ance-plan can­cel­la­tions, Sen. Ron John­son, R-Wis., in­tro­duced a bill Wed­nes­day to al­low con­sumers to keep their cur­rent plans un­der Obama­care.

The “If You Like Your Health Care, You Can Keep It Act” ad­dresses what John­son says was a false prom­ise by Pres­id­ent Obama — “If you like your plan, you can keep it” un­der the health-care law. 

“It was totally false ad­vert­ising,” John­son said in an ap­pear­ance on Fox and Friends Thursday morn­ing.  

Obama’s claim has taken heat re­cently as many in­di­vidu­als re­ceive can­cel­la­tion no­tices from their in­surers. The ad­min­is­tra­tion main­tains that can­cel­la­tions were go­ing on long be­fore Obama­care.

In­di­vidu­als are able to stay on “grand­fathered plans” un­der the law, un­less in­surers sig­ni­fic­antly change them. Any new plans must of­fer the pro­tec­tions guar­an­teed un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act. 

Obama said Wed­nes­day that in­di­vidu­als who were dropped from cov­er­age can find qual­ity plans on the health-care ex­changes.    

John­son re­cog­nized that Con­gress wouldn’t be able to al­low every Amer­ic­an to keep their plan un­less the law is re­pealed.

His bill had 37 co­spon­sors as of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

John­son’s le­gis­la­tion fol­lows a sim­il­ar meas­ure in­tro­duced by House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee Chair­man Fred Up­ton, R-Mich., on Monday, called the “Keep Your Health Plan Act.”