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    Letter of Support for the "If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It" Act, S. 1617

    11/11/2013

    As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your senators today and urge them to support S. 1617, the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act”. Sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), this bill would make health insurance plans sold before January 1st, 2014 immune to the new coverage requirements under ObamaCare.

    ObamaCare was written with restrictions on what coverage insurance plans must offer, such that the law’s result could not be anything other than causing millions of Americans’ health insurance policies to become illegal overnight, on January 1st, 2014.  Now, with the renewal season for insurance policies in full swing, the inevitable is happening – hundreds of thousands of people have already received their letters from insurers, informing them that their chosen policies will not be available for next year. Millions more of these letters are on their way.

    As recently as last week, President Obama himself repeated variations on his favorite fabrication – that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” Now the President has suddenly admitted this to be a falsehood and apologized, but his real or feigned remorse does not help the vast number of people who now face having to buy a new (and, in many cases, much more expensive) plan in 2014.  

    Senator Johnson’s bill attempts to stem the tide of these dropped insurance plans by allowing any plans being sold by December 31st, 2013 to be “grandfathered” under ObamaCare, without the coverage restrictions that rendered so many of them illegal under the new law. The bill also allows family members of those already insured and new employees of companies with preexisting insurance plans to sign up for these “grandfathered” plans.

    Stopping people from losing their existing insurance is only a temporary patch on the road to saving America from ObamaCare, by delaying, defunding, and dismantling it.  But it is a good first step to saving Americans from ObamaCare’s broken promises. 

    I urge you to contact your senators today and urge them to support S. 1617, the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act”, to stop millions of Americans who already have insurance from losing the plan that they have already chosen for themselves.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Kibbe

    President and CEO, 

    FreedomWorks

    3 comments
    Edwin Loftus
    11/12/2013

    Just as "the devil is in the details" ... that's where Angels hide as well. The only way to really let people keep their existing plans is to repeal the mandates on minimum coverage. If insurers can offer what the Democrats have been trying to portray as "substandard" insurance policies, the Obamacare mandated options will disappear rapidly because they won't be able to compete for more than a small fraction of customers. But then what? Whether Obamacare works or not is not the central issue. The central issue is; This engages the federal government in actions it is not Constitutionally authorized to engage in and it renders Americans as inferior to the federal government. I won't oppose such "fixes" as Senate 1617. But fixes for secondary problems that leave the greater problem intact aren't really fixes. I don't see in this proposal a "poison pill" that will eventually undo the greatest harm that Obamacare has done. If it's there ... educate me. It looks to me like this is "Big Government is fine as long as the right people are running it."

    Jay Hendon
    11/12/2013

    There are two bills in the House: H.R. 3406 & H.R. 3350. H.R. 3350 is coming up for a vote in the House this Friday, 11/15, but H.R. 3406 is the bill which Senator Johnson has associated with S. 1617. This is a little confusing; while my House Rep Cory Gardner is a Cosponsor of H.R. 3350, his office couldn't tell me why there are two bills and Gardner is not a Cosponsor of H.R. 3406.
    It will be most interesting to see how the Senate handles this.

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