Obama Administration Knew Individual Insurance Plans Would Not Be Grandfathered In
Despite assurances from President Obama, millions of Americans will likely receive cancellation letters from their insurance providers, and an investigation has revealed what many already expected: that the administration was well aware of the issue for at least three years.
Sources involved in the Affordable Care Act said 50 to 80 percent of some 14 million individual insurance policyholders could lose coverage because their policies do not meet strict new standards mandated by the new health care law.
Language in the Affordable Healthcare Act had indicated that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 would be “grandfathered,” which would allow customers to keep their policies even if they didn’t meet the new requirements. However, the Department of Health and Human Services later included language stating that policies that underwent any major changes after that date such as changes in deductable, co-pay or benefits would not be grandfathered.
White House officials are not denying they had knowledge of the estimated impact on individual policyholders, but insist that those consumers will now be offered better coverage, either because insurers will automatically shift their customers to plans that meet the new standards or because consumers will find better (though very likely pricier) plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplace. However, many feel that the administration was dishonest when it stated that consumers would be able to keep their plans and are troubled by the botched roll-out of Affordable Healthcare Act enrollment, particularly the disastrous launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace website.