Advertisement
Send tips to video@realclearpolitics.com

Real Clear Politics Video

The Latest Politics, News & Election Videos

Sebelius Refuses To Address Politifact's Obamacare "Lie Of The Year"

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, Politifact, which is based here just found the administration committed the "Lie of the Year" by saying that if you like your health insurance, you can keep it. I was wondering, as person in charge of the agency at the heart of that lie, what you think of it.

KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: I think that the statement about keeping your plan was one that is applicable to the vast majority of Americans in the health insurance market, what we know is that we also designed the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to make sure that plans that were in place in March of 2010, that kept the same benefits in place, didn't shift cost to consumers, and stayed in place were actually eliminated from needing to conform to any of the consumer protections in the 2014 Affordable Care Act, so a number of customers in the individual market had those grandfathered plans in place, it varies by company and by market, I think the president felt it was important to make sure that individuals as much as possible did not lost coverage that they had, so in addition to early renewals which I think virtually every company in this market delivered to their consumers asked us t use our discretion authority and asked insurers to consider allowing their customers if they were interested in staying in those same plans. And that's going on, again, across the country. So Florida has decided to take up that transition plan, so a number of individuals who are in individual market plans that they like, which is certainly not 100% of the people in the individual market, will be able to work with their insurers about either choosing a new plan in the marketplace, choosing a competitive plan, or staying in their same plan.

QUESTION: You don't think it was a lie, then?

SEBELIUS: Yes.

QUESTION: You're not going to answer that.

In The News

Most Watched

Video Archives - December 2013

SMTWTFS
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031