The Affordable Care Act is in one word: complicated. Republicans and President Obama have been debating whether Obama's repeated overtures that Americans would be able to keep current health care plans and doctors, if satisfied, were deceptive.
Factcheck.org reported that for years the Obama administration has been "over-simplifying and over-promising" when it said Americans could keep things the same under the 2010 health care law.
Administration officials said Tuesday that it should be no surprise that a slice of the 5% of U.S. consumers who are on the individual insurance market would be forced to switch plans as a result of insurance providers dealing with meeting the minimum benefit requirements established under the ACA.
Over the past four years, the administration had not emphasized the fact that some insurers providing bare-bones coverage most likely would have to phase out such policies.
Here's a collection of statements regarding continued coverage of health care plans from the Obama administration dating back to 2009:
Obama made this comment on health care during his weekly address on Aug. 15, 2009, in Washington.
"If you like your doctor, you're going to be able to keep your doctor," Obama said at George Mason University on March 19, 2010, in Fairfax, Va.
"If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn't happened yet. It won't happen in the future," Obama said April 1, 2010, in Portland, Maine.
"Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on the amount of care you receive. They can no longer discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions. They can no longer drop your coverage if you get sick. They can no longer jack up your premiums without reason," Obama said June 28, 2012, following the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act.
Obama said the health care law would make plans more secure on June 28, 2012, in Washington.
Senior adviser to the president Valerie Jarrett tweeted this on Oct. 28, 2013.
"No, the president was clear about a basic fact," press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. "If you had insurance that you liked on the individual market, and you wanted to keep that insurance through 2010, '11, '12, '13 and it was in perpetuity and you wanted it you could."
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