The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep.
"Today's hearing is once again about protecting taxpayers and consumers from the consequences of the Affordable Care Act, namely an unlawful giveaway of taxpayer dollars to insurers under the ACA and another round of plan cancellations in the group market," commented Pitts.
"This law has already disrupted the health care peace of mind of millions of Americans. Americans are rightfully concerned that this administration thinks it can simply ignore its own law," added full committee Chairman
Subcommittee members discussed two bills introduced by committee members Rep.
"There are two questions at work: does the law allow the administration to cover insurance company loses and are taxpayers going to have to foot the bill. Taxpayers need to be protected from more bailouts and we need to ensure that the sdministration is following the letter of the law. I thank Dr. Cassidy for working hard to protect taxpayers and small businesses from a potential financial liability," said Lance.
Subcommittee members also reviewed H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act, authored by Dr. Cassidy. The bill would allow health plans available on the group market in 2013 to continue to be offered.
"The president and congressional Democrats promised many times during the debate of the health care law that 'if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan.' Yet this past year, 93,000 Louisianans in the individual market lost the plan they had, specifically because of Obamacare. Clearly the president's promise was inaccurate," commented Cassidy.
Last year, Upton championed the Keep Your Health Plan Act, which was approved by the full
"The House must now act to provide the same relief to businesses and their employees by passing my bill, the Employee Health Care Protection Act, which would allow the millions of workers in the group market to keep the health plan they like," added Cassidy.
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