The architects of Obamacare predicted some Americans would be dropped from their health care plans over the law despite repeated promises that no one would lose coverage, the No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland added that the Obama administration and congressional Democrats "should've been more precise" when promoting the Affordable Care Act.
"We knew that there would be some [private health insurance] policies that would not qualify [under Obamacare] and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage," Hoyer said during his weekly briefing with reporters.
He said anyone who is dropped from coverage can buy health insurance through the state and federal exchanges set up through Obamacare.
President Obama repeatedly told the country that when the Affordable Care Act became law, people who were happy with their health insurance could keep it. But media outlets increasingly have reported that health insurance companies are set to cancel -- or already have -- the policies of millions of Americans because they don't meet Obamacare standards.
Hoyer denied the administration falsely sold the public on the president's health care plan, saying that the basic message was -- and remains -- true: that all Americans will have access to affordable, quality health insurance.
But the Democrat added the White House and Democrats could have done a better job explaining all of the law's possible implications-- including scenarios in which people could be dropped from their plan and forced to buy insurance through the exchanges.
"We should've been more precise" in explaining that, Hoyer said. "We used [the message that everyone could keep their plan] to allay the fears of people who had group policies or significant coverage through their employer, [which] was the overwhelming number."
Hoyer said Obamacare promoters probably should have "caveated" the message by saying that people who liked their insurance can keep it "unless you have coverage that's insufficient to accomplish the objectives of giving you adequate quality health care."