Canceled health insurance plans draw criticism for ACA

by Tyler Gieseke

Hundreds of thousands of health insurance cancelation letters recently sent to consumers because of the Affordable Care Act have drawn criticism for the Obama administration, news sources report.

Under the ACA, insurance companies must offer plans that cover specific health benefits beginning next year, the Washington Post reported. Many plans are being canceled if they don't offer all benefits.


Republicans are accusing President Barack Obama of being dishonest to consumers because he promised they could keep their insurance plans if they liked them, despite changes brought on by the ACA, the Washington Post said.


The Obama administration said people will be able to get better plans under the law, the Post said.


These cancelations don't technically affect Minnesotans, the Pioneer Press reported, because a state law prevents insurance companies from sending cancelation letters unless their entire line of products is canceled.


Roger Feldman, a health policy expert at the University of Minnesota, told the Pioneer Press that Obama obviously misspoke when he said Americans would be able to keep their health insurance plans if they liked them.