Mr Clinton called on his Democrat successor to “honour the commitment” he had made that the new law would not have any impact Americans who already had health insurance.
For years, Mr Obama repeated his pledge that, “If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan”.
But since Obamacare came into force at least 3.5 millions Americans have received letters telling them their plans have been cancelled because they did not conform with the requirements of the new law. That number is expected to continue to rise.
Mr Clinton said the White House should do whatever it takes, even altering the president’s signature legislation, to make sure the promise was met.
“I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got,” Mr Clinton told the OZY website.
The insurance companies simply do not offer those plans that are being cancelled. And there’s no way they can reformulate them in the 30 days available.
And anyway, killing off those plans was the whole point of the design change. They wanted to destroy “insurance” as a concept in health care and to move to something much more like pre-paid health care. Thus plans that had high deductibles (ie, catastrophic plans, aka insurance instead of assurance) had to be banned. This isn’t a mistake, an error, a flaw in the plan, it was one of the very points of it all.