Former President Bill Clinton in an interview released on Tuesday said President Obama should “honor” his promise and allow Americans to keep their current health insurance plans under Obamacare.
“I personally believe that even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people,” said Clinton in an interview with OZY.com.
Clinton said he had heard from an individual whose coverage was cancelled and is now being forced into a different plan with higher premiums.
He defended the overall law though, saying that “we are better off with this law than without it.”
The comment from the former president, a vocal and strong supporter of the health care reform law, will add to pressure for the White House to find an accommodation for the millions of Americans expected to lose their coverage under new Obamacare rules.
During the campaign and in the run up to the rollout of the law, Obama repeatedly promised that those who liked their coverage could keep it even when Obamacare kicked in. But recent reports say that millions will be dropped by their insurers and forced to seek new plans.
The White House has rejected claims from congressional Republicans that Obama intentionally misled the public to sell his signature domestic achievement.
Obama and his surrogates say that they meant that plans unchanged under the law could be retained. Obama has also said that those who lose coverage will be able to shop on new insurance marketplaces, claiming they will find better plans with more benefits.
The president though apologized last week in an effort to put to rest the controversy, telling NBC News in an interview that he was “sorry” that people were losing their plans despite his assurances.
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said.
“We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this,” he added.