Griffin: House Passes Bill to Help President Obama Keep His Promise

Nov 15, 2013 Issues: Health

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the Keep Your Health Plan Act (H.R. 3350):

“As President Clinton recently acknowledged, millions of families are losing their health insurance plans because of Obamacare.  President Obama looked Americans in the eye and promised that wouldn’t happen, but that’s just not true.  While our bill will allow folks to keep their plans for another year, it’s clear that Obamacare is a broken law, and its broken website is only the beginning. Obamacare must be repealed so we can pass real, patient-centered health care reform.”

Yesterday, Rep. Griffin spoke on the House floor and highlighted the stories of several Arkansans who have lost their health insurance plans because of Obamacare.

Former President Bill Clinton recently said, “So I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the President should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”

Before and after Obamacare was passed, President Obama promised Americans that if they liked their health care plan, they could keep it. The Washington Free Beacon recently compiled video of “36 times Obama said you could keep your health care plan.”

On February 2, 2010, before Obamacare was passed, President Obama said, “If you look at the package that we’ve presented, and there are some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating--we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people, ‘If you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it.’ And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge. And so we're in the process of scrubbing this. And making sure that it's tight.”

Later that same month, on February 25, 2010, Rep. Eric Cantor (VA-07) told President Obama, “Between 8 million and 9 million people may very well lose the coverage that they have because of this, because of the construct of this bill [Obamacare]. That’s our [Republicans’] concern.”

The 8 to 9 million people you refer to that might have to change their coverage,” President Obama responded, “—keep in mind out of the 300 million Americans that we are talking about—would be folks who the CBO, the Congressional Budget Office, estimates would find the deal in the exchange better.”

As CNN’s Jake Tapper summarized, while President Obama was promising everyone could keep their insurance plans, he “knew it wasn’t true back then,” in February 2010.

Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of The American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 3121), which would repeal and replace Obamacare.