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CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson: Gov’t Knew All Along Millions Would Lose Employer-Based Insurance

CBS News journalist Sharyl Attkisson reported on Tuesday that not only will millions of Americans who receive their health coverage through their employer be losing their current coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government always knew this would be the case.

“We’ve learned that the government estimated all along that millions of workers will be dropped from their employee insurance under the Affordable Care Act and, for some, it’s already happening,” Attkisson revealed.

Attkisson highlighted the story of one woman who was featured in a White House video blog in 2012 as a likely ACA success story. In the months that followed, however, she was faced with a premium rate hike of 39 percent which would increase her health care costs by $30,000 annually.

“I didn’t take it seriously, because I had the opportunity to go on HealthCare.Gov,” said New Hampshire business owner Nancy Clark. She cancelled her and her company’s insurance but has since been unable to replace their cancelled plans.

“They’re going to have to go find their own insurance,” said Virginia Beach business owner Betsy Atkinson who is navigating a similar ordeal. “I’m sorry.”

Attkisson’s report featured a series of clips of White House Press Sec. Jay Carney informing reporters that small business owners and those with insurance provided though their employer would experience no changes as a result of the implementation of the ACA.

While many losing their current plans will be able to receive cheaper plans with better coverage requirements, others will pay higher premiums as a result of the new coverage requirements. The persistent technical issues associated with HealthCare.Gov also makes acquiring insurance difficult.

Watch the report below via CBS:

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