Coats: Many Hoosiers Can’t Keep Health Care Plan as President Promised

“If the White House had been honest with the American people, this law never would have passed in the first place.”

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) spoke on the Senate floor on the president’s false claims about the health care law and how Obamacare is affecting Hoosiers. Coats shared stories he has received from Indiana residents and reiterated his call for the Senate to pass his bill to delay the Obamacare mandates for a year.

Below are excerpts from his speech:

“Among the many promises the president made when he and congressional Democrats enacted their unpopular health care law nearly four years ago – enacted without bipartisan input or support – there was one thing in particular that Americans definitely have not forgotten. It was a promise President Obama repeated over and over again to the American people: ‘If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period.’”

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“Rebecca from Muncie received a letter saying her individual health care plan will be cancelled. She’s also learned that the premiums in the government-approved plans are double and triple what she is paying now. Dwight from Indianapolis wrote to me and shared a similar story. Dwight also received notice in the mail that his health care plan is being terminated. When looking for an alternative government-approved plan, he experienced sticker shock — dramatic increases in his premiums he would have to pay.”

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“For at least the past three years, the White House has known that millions of Americans would receive cancellation notices and lose their current health care coverage. Yet the president continued to package his flawed product with false advertising and apparently deliberate dishonesty to sell it to the American people.”

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“Mr. President, words matter. Your words were, ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period.’ Mr. President, that was a false promise. And that has undermined the confidence and trust of the American people in this president and in this government. The fact is you can only keep your health care plan if the Obama Administration likes that plan.”

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“Maybe the president hasn’t tried shopping around himself because he and his political appointees are not required to join Obamacare. They think it’s okay for the American people, but they’re not going to be forced to join it like the rest of us are — including members of Congress — which is ok, we should be forced to join it. If we’re going to impose this on the American people it needs to be imposed on ourselves so that we feel the pain just as they’re feeling the pain.”

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“I think it is now clear, if the White House had been honest with the American people this law would not have been passed in the first place.”

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“Delaying the individual mandate will give the American people an opportunity to voice their displeasure over this false information by the president, and the chance to start over with a real, honest approach to health care reform.”

POSTED: 11/06/13 at 8:56 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, Opinions