November 14, 2013
The Honorable Fred Upton Chairman House Energy and Commerce Committee 2125 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Upton:
On behalf of millions of members and supporters of our organizations, we write in strong support of H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act. President Obama famously promised: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
That promise is now broken for millions of Americans whose plans have been canceled as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
The law’s sweeping regulatory changes and the highly restrictive grandfather rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services have resulted in millions of cancellations. President Obama recently apologized, saying: “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”
The enormous damage wrought by PPACA cannot, however, be reversed by an apology. It cannot even be undone by an act of Congress.
But Congress can and must mitigate the damage by clearing away all federal statutory and regulatory barriers to extending current plans, so as many people as possible – at this late date – can in fact keep plans they like or at least have more options to replace what they've lost.
The Keep Your Health Plan Act would accomplish that by allowing all 2013 plans to be offered through 2014 and exempting them from PPACA’s costly regulatory requirements.
We therefore urge all members to vote YES on H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act.
We hope House passage of H.R. 3350 will set an example for state regulators to take parallel action and for insurers – whether or not Congress acts – to offer early renewal options to allow more Americans to stay in plans they like while federal legislators and regulators work to undo more of the damage done by PPACA.