Dem Rep. Pallone: It’s Not ‘Freedom’ to Be Able to Keep ‘Lousy’ Insurance Plans

During a congressional committee hearing on Wednesday into the issues facing the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) tackled the persistent impression among many Americans that President Barack Obama misled the public when he insisted that anyone who wanted to may keep their current health plans after the reform law’s implementation. Pallone said that it is not “freedom” for people to be able to keep insurance plans deemed insufficient.

Pallone expressed frustration with the idea suggested by some Republicans that the ACA is a “disaster.”

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“It’s just the opposite,” he stressed. He added that Obama’s pledge has been widely misinterpreted.

“The president didn’t say that if you had a lousy health insurance policy that didn’t cover everything, that he was suggesting that insurance companies continue to sell it and, therefore, you buy it,” Pallone insisted.

He cited a Republican colleague who he said insisted that her constituents should have the “freedom” to keep their old plans. “I don’t think the president meant that you should have the freedom to keep a health insurance plan that didn’t include hospitalization,” Pallone insisted. “If you want it, his executive order says you can do it, but I think it’s absurd to keep arguing over those lousy, skeletal plans.”

Watch the clip below via C-SPAN 2:

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