Sen. Ron Johnson: Obamacare Grandfather Clause 'Phony'

Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 12:13 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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It's "phony" and "false advertising" for Obamacare to claim to "grandfather" the private insurance coverage people had when the Affordable Care Act to effect, Sen. Ron Johnson claimed Thursday.

"Within Obamacare, there was a grandfather clause, but it was a phony grandfather clause. Basically said, 'Yeah, you can keep your healthcare plan, as long as you totally change your healthcare plan,'" Johnson told "Fox & Friends."

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"So, it was totally false advertising," the Wisconsin Republican added.

To amend the problem of losing the insurance plans millions of Americans have, Johnson said, he is filing a bill allowing people to keep their current insurance.

Under Obamacare, health insurance policies must provide a specified level of care, such as pediatric dentistry and maternity care, even if people don't want or need it.

"We're going to put in a true grandfather plan that, if you have a healthcare plan today and you like it, you can keep that plan," Johnson said. "Unfortunately, we can't save those plans for every American, short of repealing the law. But, we sure can make sure that President Obama honors that promise to millions of Americans."

Democrats in the Senate may support the bill, but the Senate needs to act quickly "before these plans go away forever," he said.

"I'm hoping my Senate Democratic colleagues will join us in, at least, passing this measure — the 'If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act.'"

Johnson added his voice to those claiming insurance companies are facing pressure to remain silent about Obamacare. Intimidating insurers by the Obama administration "has been going on for years," he said.

"The White House actually sent letters to insurance companies a couple years ago saying, 'You cannot tell your policy holders that the reason their premiums are going up is because of Obamacare.' So, this intimidation of insurance companies has been going on for years under this healthcare law," he said.

The administration is setting up insurance companies to take the blame for policy increases, Johnson maintained.

"The other thing they're doing is trying to set the insurance companies up for a fall. This administration wants to blame insurance companies for the increased premiums, when, in fact, it's all the mandates of Obamacare that's causing healthcare to rise," he said.

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