Obama’s ‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It’ Claim Faces Pushback

Press secretary Jay Carney faces questions about individuals losing their current insurance plans under Obamacare.

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Sophie Novack
Oct. 28, 2013, 1:54 p.m.

In a brief­ing Monday, White House press sec­ret­ary Jay Car­ney de­fen­ded Pres­id­ent Obama’s re­peated claim that, un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act, “if you like your plan, you can keep it.”

“It’s true that there are ex­ist­ing health care plans on the in­di­vidu­al mar­ket that don’t meet those min­im­um stand­ards and there­fore do not qual­i­fy for the Af­ford­able Care Act,” Car­ney said. “But what is also true is that … Amer­ic­ans who have in­sur­ance on the ex­ist­ing in­di­vidu­al mar­ket will now have nu­mer­ous op­tions avail­able to them, and six out of 10 will pay less than $100 per month in premi­ums for bet­ter in­sur­ance.”

Car­ney main­tained that most people will keep their cur­rent plans, and that those los­ing theirs will likely find su­per­i­or, less ex­pens­ive op­tions through the ACA ex­changes.

Obama’s claim has come un­der in­creased scru­tiny re­cently, as hun­dreds of thou­sands of con­sumers re­ceive can­cel­la­tion no­tices from their in­sur­ance com­pan­ies. 

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