Gardner Votes for Legislation to Prevent Healthcare Plan Cancellations
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Gardner and the Energy and Commerce Committee voted to pass H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act with bipartisan support. This legislation would allow insurance providers to continue offering healthcare plans that were available in the group market during 2013.
“We heard the President and all the proponents of the President’s healthcare law repeat ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it,’ over and over,” said Gardner. “Unfortunately, as millions of Americans later discovered, that simply wasn’t true. The Employee Health Care Protection Act will allow those in the group market access to the healthcare plans they had before the onset of Obamacare, to ensure that those who liked their healthcare plans can indeed keep them.
“More than 337,000 Coloradans had their health plans canceled due to the President’s healthcare law. Americans have seen their premiums skyrocket, their deductibles increase tenfold, and they aren’t able to access the doctors they were told they’d be able to keep. The President’s healthcare law was passed hastily and without complete consideration of its ramifications. This legislation is one step of many to ensuring that Americans who were happy with their healthcare coverage before Obamacare are not forced into an exchange that does not provide the best possible care for each individual now.”