If people like their old health care plans, they can keep them for another two years, the administration said late Wednesday.
In a move that was pre-emptively attacked by House Republican leaders, the administration said plans that were grandfathered for one year after millions received cancellation notices in the individual market will now be able to continue, but will not be able to be renewed after Oct. 1, 2016. The announcement means an estimated 500,000 people in those plans won’t get cancellation notices right before the midterm elections, but does set up a situation where some could get cut off right before the next presidential election.
“This reeks of politics,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio. “Instead of working with Congress to prevent Americans from losing the plans they like and can afford, the president is unilaterally re-writing laws around the election calendar. You have to wonder if he’s more interested in keeping his promise or keeping seats in the Senate.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., ripped reports of this and other delays by the administration as the House voted to delay the individual mandate Wednesday. Full story