Cassidy Challenges Sebelius, Defends Louisiana Families From Obamacare
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) challenged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on how Obamacare is harming Louisiana families. Specifically, he cited the experiences two Louisianans had with getting insurance under Obamacare. Video of the exchange is available here, and a key part of the transcript is below:
“I get a letter from someone in my district, Adrienne. She says that… she lost her coverage. She lost her coverage because spousal coverage is gone. She’s gone on the exchange, doesn’t qualify for a subsidy, but that her premium and out-of-pocket costs under any plan is $10,000 a year... She writes us. She feels betrayed by her government. Now she has to sit there asking herself, is this fair? If you were she, do you think that this would be fair?”
Additionally, Dr. Cassidy announced he is sponsoring the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013, which was introduced by Congressman Fred Upton (R-Michigan). This bill ensures that families would be able to keep their current health insurance, despite the mandate in Obamacare demanding otherwise. Dr. Cassidy released the following statement:
“Politicians who voted for Obamacare told Louisiana families they could keep their health insurance. This has proven demonstrably wrong. Constituent after constituent is calling my office, asking why they were deceived and why they are losing their insurance. On their behalf, we must save their insurance and replace Obamacare with patient-centered solutions that work.”
A copy of the Keep Your Health Plan Act can be read here.