Top Democrat Says Obama Misspoke About Keeping Insurance

"I think we should have been more precise," said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)

Hoyer spoke to reporters during a briefing at the Capitol on Tuesday. His remark came in response to a question about whether President Obama misled the public when he promised in recent years that Americans who like their health insurance would be able to keep it in spite of new regulations imposed by Obamacare.

NBC News reported Monday evening that administration officials were aware as early as 2010 that millions of Americans would see their insurance policies canceled due to the Affordable Care Act.

Supporters of the president, meanwhile, argued that the NBC story is, itself, misleading because rather than actually canceling policies, insurers are simply rolling customers into new policies that meet the minimum requirements mandated by the law.

In a 2010 blog post entitled, “Yes, You Can Keep Your Health Plan,” the White House said that “the 150 million Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance — who make up the vast majority of those with private health insurance today — will not see major changes to their coverage.”

Hoyer today admitted that Democrats “knew that there would be some policies that wouldn’t qualify” for the new insurance marketplace within Obamacare.

But, he said, “I don’t think the message was wrong.”

“I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough…[it] should have been caveated with, ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.'”

Geoff Holtzman
Geoff Holtzman is Talk Radio News Service's Deputy Bureau Chief. As one of TRNS's primary correspondents, he helps cover the White House and Capitol Hill. Geoff also covered the 2012 presidential campaign, following the candidates to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere. In the process, he learned that not all Motel 6's are created equal. Follow Geoff on Twitter @Geoff_Holtzman.

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