In an effort to protect Americans from the negative consequences of the President’s Affordable Care Act, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass legislation today which will allow American families who purchase health care through a group market to keep the health care plan they have and like. The Employee Health Care Protection Act will grandfather plans that were available in the group market in 2013 and allow health insurance companies to continue to offer these plans to the public outside of the insurance exchanges through 2018.
“President Obama told the American people, ‘If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period’,” said Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways & Means Health subcommittee. “When someone puts the word “period” at the end of the sentence, that’s supposed to mean there’s nothing else to add. But millions of American workers and families found out this year that the President’s promise simply wasn’t true when they learned their plans had been cancelled and that their doctor was not in their network.”
Late last year, the House also passed the Keep Your Health Care Plan Act, a similar measure which allows the millions of Americans who purchase their health insurance through the individual market to also keep the plan they had and liked.
“While the President has tried to explain away his oft-repeated promise, House Republicans are acting to ensure that Americans actually continue to have the right to keep their plan and to keep their trusted doctors,” continued Brady. “And we’ll continue to fight to repeal the President’s health care law and replace it with patient-centered, cost-saving reform that makes health care more affordable and more accessible.”