By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Congressman Mike Rogers (R) from Saks announced his support on Thursday for H.R. 3350, the Keep your Health Plan Act of 2013. The Keep your Health Plan Act would allow health care plans on the individual market to remain available so that people could have the option to keep their current health care plans.
Many insurance providers are being forced by the federal government to offer different plans that comply with the new guidelines under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (nicknamed Obamacare) and are canceling current plans which consumers are currently enrolled in.
Congressman Rogers said in a prepared statement, “Time and time again, President Obama promised folks across the country they could keep their health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. However, I have heard from numerous folks in East Alabama who are being forced into new plans with higher premiums after being told their old plans don’t meet the new requirements of the law.”
Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery said in a video statement, “Remember when President Obama said over and over again that ‘if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan’? Well, it turns out that wasn’t true, as thousands of Alabamians and millions across America are facing health insurance cancellations or skyrocketing costs.”
The Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said on Facebook, “The Obama Administration finally told the truth about Obamacare today. After four years of reassuring us that if we liked our health insurance policy, we would be able to keep it, the White House acknowledged that is not true. This is one reason why I have called on Washington to grant every American amnesty from this law.”
Rep. Rogers said, “The Keep Your Health Plan Act, if passed, could help remedy this problem, and I hope the House will debate it quickly.”
Rep. Roby said, “The “Keep Your Health Plan Act” would allow health care plans available today on the individual market to continue to be offered so people have the option to keep what they have if they like it. The bill also ensures that Americans maintaining their health care plan as they were promised they could will not face a penalty under ObamaCare.”
Rep. Rogers said that he has received responses from many constituents about their rising health care premiums under Obamacare.
Rep. Mike Rogers is currently the Chairman of the Strategic Forces subcommittee on the Armed Services Committee and is a senior member of the Homeland Security and Agriculture committees. He represents Alabama’s Third Congressional District.