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Today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, urged members of the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act. The bipartisan legislation would allow plans currently available on the individual market to be offered next year. This would provide Americans the opportunity to enroll in these policies in 2014 without penalty. In his remarks, Upton highlighted a family of three from Bangor, Michigan, who have lost their insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act and now face an increased premium and deductible.
The text of Upton’s remarks follow:
For the last three years the President personally promised that if they like their current health plan, that they could keep it “no matter what.” Period.
But cancellation notices are now arriving in millions of mailboxes across the country. And in the great state of Michigan, some 225,000 folks will see their plans terminated because of this law. That’s twice the total number of people who have even selected a plan nationwide.
Now I’ve heard from countless families back home who took the president at his word. They’re upset – yes they are – and worried how they’re going to make ends meet.
A self-employed family of three in Bangor, Michigan, has purchased their own insurance for more than 30 years. Their Blue Cross Blue Shield plan was working well, had no deductible, and a $750 monthly premium. To replace it, their premium is going to nearly double to $1,393 and their deductible will jump to $2,800. In their own words, they told us, they have been ‘thrown under the bus.’
Sadly, they are not alone.
Tomorrow we will vote on the “Keep Your Health Plan Act,” a straightforward, one-page bill that says if you like your current coverage, you ought to be able to keep it. Let’s keep that promise.