102 million insured with employer coverage could lose existing plans, Labor Dept. estimated in 2010

Nov. 1, 2013, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement bringing attention to 2010 Labor Department estimates that as many as 69 percent of those with employer coverage would be forced onto new plans:

“In 2010, when the Labor Department issued its interim final rule on employer-based health insurance, it was estimated that as many as 69 percent of the 149 million employer-covered market — some 102 million people — would not be grandfathered in under Obamacare. They are being forced to switch plans right now, because of the burdensome regulations imposed by the health care law, yet again putting the lie to Obama’s pledge that if we liked our plans, we could keep them.

“The Obama administration knew this was always a lie, and kept saying it anyway.

“This is not news. In August of 2010, Americans for Limited Government commented to the Department of Labor on its regulation that forced employers to switch plans, and alerted the national news media to what was happening. While some elected officials in D.C. chose to keep their heads in the sand, this knowledge of the certain destruction of employer health plans is one of the many reasons why Americans for Limited Government fought to defund or delay the implementation of this disastrous law.

“We welcome those politicians who have suddenly discovered this three-year-old regulation to the grim reality of the full impact of Obamacare, and urge them to stop its implementation by any legislative means necessary.”


Labor Department estimate on grandfathering employer insurance plans under Obamacare, June 17, 2010 at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-06-17/pdf/2010-14488.pdf#page=17

Comments of Americans for Limited Government on RIN 1210-AB42 Interim Final Rules for Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Coverage Related to Status as a Grandfathered Health Plan Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Aug. 16, 2010 at http://www.getliberty.org/files/ALG%20Comment%20on%20the%20Grandfathering%20Interim%20Final%20Rule%2008%2016%2010.pdf

“Labor Department health care regulation will force employees to switch health care providers,” Aug. 16, 2010 at http://getliberty.org/labor-department-health-care-regulation-will-force-employees-to-switch-health-care-providers-2/

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