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White House pushes back as insurance companies cancel, roll over policies

Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Thousands of people in Michigan are getting booted from their current health insurance plans as a result of the health care overhaul.

Across the country, insurance companies are canceling more than two million policies that don't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

The White House is trying to defend the statements the President repeatedly made leading up the the rollout of Obamacare saying, "If you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it." 

After health care companies have admitted they're cancelling more than two million people's coverage.

In Michigan alone 140,000 people are losing their current plans.

It has prompted Congressman Fred Upton to propose his own fix.

“We've come back with corrective legislation to try and fix this and tell folks that hey, if you want to keep that health insurance plan you have in fact you can without facing any additional penalties," says Upton.

It's happening because Obamacare requires health plans meet ten minimum requirements including covering maternity care, emergency visits and mental health treatment.

But Michigan organizations working to enroll people in Obamacare say those requirements are good things.

“And that's really good for consumers because that gives them leverage, they know they're getting the same level, same floor of coverage and then it becomes more about determining price and provider network," says Don Hazaert with Michigan Consumers for Healthcare.

And Hazaert says legislation that allows people to keep substandard coverage won't help anyone.

"Any piece of legislation that allows insurance companies to get away from having to compete on a level playing field in a transparent way is not helpful for consumers," says Hazaert.
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