In June, 2009, President Barack Obama was unambiguous in an emphatic statement at the Annual Conference of the American Medical Association, “We Will Keep This Promise To 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.” He was still issuing this claim as late as 2012.
AFP activists knew better from the outset that this Polyanna promise was a fabrication. Now, experts estimate that up to 80 percent of the 14 million Americans who buy their insurance individually could lose their existing coverage. “Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience ‘sticker shock.’” (Lisa Myers And Hannah Rappleye, “Obama Administration Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance,” NBC News, 10/29/13)
To add insult to injury, the same report states that it appears the Obama Administration has know for at least three years that millions of Americans would lose their existing coverage. (Lisa Myers And Hannah Rappleye, “Obama Administration Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance,” NBC News, 10/29/13). The list includes more than 800,000 losing coverage in New Jersey, 300,000 Florida Blue customers, 119,000 Blue Shield of California customers and 160,000 Kaiser Permanente customers in California.
Inevitably, these cancellation letters are poised to effect families in Georgia who had also purchased health insurance through the individual marketplace.