Texas Public Policy Foundation’s John Davidson Says Cancelled Health Plans Cannot Be Reinstated So Easily [AUDIO]
On the Friday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, John Davidson, health care policy analyst from the Texas Public Policy Foundation talked with Chad Hasty about the ongoing implications of Obamacare.
Now that Obamacare has been implemented, millions of Americans across the country have had their health insurance plans cancelled. President Obama announced yesterday that he would essentially make the insurance companies renew those cancelled plans. However, Davidson said that it wouldn’t be so easy.
He explained that insurance companies have been preparing for the implementation of Obamacare for a number of years, apparently even longer than the administration has been preparing, and that they have been following the law throughout the process. But even so, Davidson said that there’s just no way some of these cancelled plans can be reinstated.
“In many cases, the insurance companies can’t reinstate the plans because the plans have already been cancelled. Or, they can’t reinstate the plans because the insurance company has actually left the individual market. A number of large insurance companies, for example, have left the market in California…so the federal government can’t compel ETNA or United to move into a market and offer plans when they’ve already made the decision to leave the market.”
Davidson went on to explain that Obamacare was designed to cancel these plans so that everyone would be forced to buy a government-approved plan from their website. He said that the administration knew that this would happen, and that he finds it surprising that Obama is now trying to go back and “fix” it. Davidson also discussed the possible implication Obamacare will have on businesses come 2014.
For more information on the Texas Public Policy Foundation, visit their website at texaspolicy.com.
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