I'm sure POTUS simply did not know about this. He didn't, after all, know about IRS targeting conservative groups prior to the 2012 election; and he didn't know about NSA spying on phone calls of Merkel; and he didn't know what a mess the O-care website was in. I'm sure he never knew that Michelle's Princeton buddy, who spent time at Christmas at the WH, had any connection to CGI, the company that made tens of millions from their contract for the failed website. Do his advisors tell this poor man anything?Fox News confirmed on Monday that despite assurances from President Obama that anybody who likes their health insurance can keep it, a 2010 IRS document predicted a huge swath of customers could lose their coverage.
The document addressed a rule in the law that states individual policies purchased on or before March 23, 2010 would be "grandfathered" -- or exempt from changes required under ObamaCare. However, the provision was changed so that plans that undergo "significant changes" could lose that special status.
The IRS document estimated that "40 percent to 67 percent" of policies would in fact lose the status, meaning customers could be kicked off those plans because they don't meet minimum coverage requirements.
However, a WH spokesperson still contends it's because people are getting more protections with new plans: (doesn't matter much if they can't afford those new protections?)White House spokeswoman Jessica Santillo said in a statement that those getting notices are in plans "that do not provide all these protections."
"But in the vast majority of cases, those same insurers will automatically shift their enrollees to a plan that provides new consumer protections and, for nearly half of individual market enrollees, discounts through premium tax credits," she said.
She still claimed, though, that "Nothing in the Affordable Care Act forces people out of their health plans: the law allows plans that covered people at the time the law was enacted to continue to offer that same coverage to the same enrollees - nothing has changed and that coverage can continue into 2014."