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Mark Pryor’s False ObamaCare Concern

- November 4, 2013

The Buckley Family Of Marion, Arkansas Are Among The Millions Of Americans Losing Their Existing Healthcare Plans Due To ObamaCare. "When Jerry Buckley of Marion bought a health insurance plan for him and his wife two years ago, he wasn't worried about whether he would be able to keep it after new regulations took effect under the federal Affordable Care Act. 'I didn't pay any attention to that because the president kept telling you, this won't affect you if you like what you have,' Buckley said last week. A few months ago, Buckley received a letter from Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield advising him that his plan does not comply with new standards taking effect Jan. 1 under the health care law." (John Lyon, "Insurance Cancellations Add To Controversy Over Health Care Law," Arkansas News Bureau, 11/3/13)

  • The Replacement Plan Offered By Their Insurance Company Would Triple The Buckleys' Monthly Premiums. "Buckley was told that he and his wife could stay on the plan through the end of 2014, thanks to an extension allowed by the Arkansas Insurance Department, but after that they would either be rolled over into a plan with triple the monthly premiums or they would have to shop for another plan." (John Lyon, "Insurance Cancellations Add To Controversy Over Health Care Law," Arkansas News Bureau, 11/3/13)

The Nearest Comparable Plan On Arkansas' Exchange Costs $200 More Per Month, Has A Higher Deductible, And Does Not Cover Dental And Vision. "But Buckley, whose income makes him ineligible for subsidies, doesn't see an upside to switching. He said he likes his current plan, which has a $400 monthly premium, a $7,500 deductible and 100 percent coverage after the deductible, plus 80 percent coverage for dental and vision services. He said that if he switches to the most closely comparable plan available through the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, his monthly premium will increase to $600, his deductible will increase to $8,000 and he will have only 70 percent coverage after the deductible. Dental and vision coverage are not included but can be bought separately." (John Lyon, "Insurance Cancellations Add To Controversy Over Health Care Law," Arkansas News Bureau, 11/3/13)

  • "Buckley Would Gain Some New Benefits, Such As Coverage For Maternity, Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services, But He Said He And His Wife, Who Are Middle-Aged, Neither Want Nor Need Those Benefits." (John Lyon, "Insurance Cancellations Add To Controversy Over Health Care Law," Arkansas News Bureau, 11/3/13)

PRYOR PROMISED ARKANSANS OBAMACARE WOULD "PROTECT AND EXPAND" THEIR INSURANCE PLANS, BUT REFUSED TO KEEP THAT PROMISE WHEN HE HAD THE CHANCE

After Voting To Pass ObamaCare, Pryor Said It Would "Protect And Expand An Individual's Choice Of Doctors And Insurance Plans Without Any Government Interference." "Elements of this package will drive down costs for families, small businesses, and government; protect and expand an individual's choice of doctors and insurance plans without any government interference; and assure affordable, reliable healthcare for every Arkansan." (Press Release, "On Senate Passage Of Health Care Reform," Sen. Mark Pryor, 12/24/09)

  • Pryor Now Claims He Is "Concerned" About People Who Are Losing Their Current Plans. "U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., who voted for the Affordable Care Act, said Friday he is concerned about those who are losing their current plans, but he praised the state Insurance Department for allowing a one-year delay. 'I think they're handling that in the right way, especially given the problems with the website, where people can't go on the website and know for sure all of their options,' he said." (John Lyon, "Insurance Cancellations Add To Controversy Over Health Care Law," Arkansas News Bureau, 11/3/13)

Pryor Had The Chance To Keep His Promise In 2010, But He Didn't

In 2010, Senate Republicans Attempted To Strike Down "The Obamacare Rule That Is Largely Responsible For Some Of The Health Insurance Cancellation Letters That Are Going Out." "Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out. In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama's promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it." (Chris Frates, "Senate Democrats Supported Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations," CNN, 10/31/13)

The Resolution Would Have Struck Down HHS's Grandfathering Provision That Was Intended To Help Americans Keep Their Insurance Plans. "The precipitating event was the federal regulation detailing the grandfathering provision of the law, which exempts existing health plans from certain requirements such as having to offer benefits without cost sharing. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced a resolution of disapproval calling for a do-over on the regulation, which many businesses say is too onerous." (Julian Pecquet, "Grandfathering Vote Sparks Renewed Health Reform Debate," The Hill's Health Watch , 10/29/10)

Senate Democrats Voted Unanimously To Protect The Rule. "Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out." (Chris Frates, "Senate Democrats Supported Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations," CNN, 10/31/13)

  • Pryor Voted With Every Other Senate Democrat To Protect The ObamaCare Rule That Is Kicking People Off Of Their Plans. (S.J.Res 39, Roll Call Vote #244 , Defeated 40-59: R 40-0; D 0-59, 9/29/10, Pryor Voted Nay)

ARKANSANS WHO LOSE THEIR PLANS MAY FACE SHARPLY HIGH PRICES FOR HEALTHCARE

According To HHS's Report On Premiums In The ObamaCare Exchanges, A 27 Year Old In Arkansas Will Pay An Average Of $181 A Month For The Lowest Bronze Plan - An Increase Of 397.03 Percent Over Average Premiums Currently Available. (Office Of The Assistant Secretary For Planning And Evaluation, "Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums For 2014," HHS, 9/13; John E. Dickson, Director Of Health Care For The Government Accountability Office,Letter To Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, 7/23/13)


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