Jay Carney Against ‘Keep Your Plan’ Fixes: ‘We See That As Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater’
White House Press Sec. Jay Carney revealed on Tuesday that the White House opposes fixes to the Affordable Care Act proposed by both Democrats and Republicans that would allow those who are losing their health insurance plans to keep those plans. He said the White House views this approach as akin to “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”
Asked about the various “keep your plan” fixes proposed by both Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Carney said that the White House has a number of specific objections to those fixes.
He said that reversing the cancellation of plans would create “all sorts of problems for insurers who are trying to sell plans that meet the basic standards” required to comply with the ACA.
“Obviously if the coverage is substandard they would, at least potentially, be able to sell those plans and undermine the basic premise of the Affordable Care Act, which is to provide basic benefits, affordable quality health insurance for everyone,” Carney said.
“I would just say that, broadly speaking, that applies to the Upton legislation,” he continued. “We do not see that as fixing the problem. We see that as throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”
He concluded by saying that President Barack Obama is considering option to help those losing their plans but would not elaborate on those options.
Watch the clip below via C-SPAN:
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