Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., claims that under Obamacare people are forced to buy big health insurance policies that cover everything, including preventative care and pre-existing conditions, when some people want the choice to have bare bones policies that exclude many healthcare expenses.
“Some people like to drive a Ford, not a Ferrari,” Blackburn told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. “And some people like to drink out of a red Solo cup, not a crystal stem. You’re taking away their choice.”
“Luckily, a comprehensive and affordable insurance policy is no longer a Ferrari; it is now a basic right,” writes David Firestone in an op-ed for the New York Times.
Thursday Blackburn made the same comparison on Fox News.
“I will always go to the mat and fight for freedom, free people, free markets,” Blackburn said. “And I think for the federal government to come in and take away the choice that people have had in the health care market and say, ‘Hey, we don’t like what you’ve been buying, we’re going to make you buy this.’”
“What’s the next thing going to be? You can’t buy that Solo cup? You can’t buy an inexpensive blouse? You can’t buy a pair of shoes that cost less than another pair?” she asked.
Blackburn grilled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on policy cancellations Wednesday.
“What do you say to 300,000 people in Florida you just mentioned, or to the 28,000 in Tennessee that cannot get health insurance?” Blackburn asked. “Their plans are terminated. Is [Obama] keeping his promise to them?”
“First of all, congresswoman, they can get health insurance,” Sebelius responded. “They must be offered new plans, new options, either inside the market marketplace, or if they don’t qualify for a financial subsidy, they can shop in or outside of the marketplace.”
What do you say to NBC News, who says they will lose their coverage?” Blackburn asked.
“In all deference to the press corps, many of whom are here today, I think it’s important to be accurate about what is going on,” Sebelius explained. “They will have continuing coverage and offered new plans.”
Insurance companies are issuing cancellation notices on policies that no longer meet the federal standard for health coverage. While companies many are offering alternative plans, they can also shop the new marketplace.