There’s a new spin on Obamacare-linked cancellations coming from the Department of Health and Human Services: your plan may have been cancelled, but you were really just being “invited” into government exchanges.
At least that’s how HHS Regional Director Joanne Grossie put it to Republican Virginia state Sen. Jeff McWaters, National Review reported.
In audio of an exchange between the two, posted by the Republican Party of Virginia, Mr. McWaters asked how many Virginians lost insurance during the Obamacare rollout.
“If you got one of the notices that your policy was going to be discontinued because it didn’t adhere to the law, it meant that now you could go into the health-insurance marketplace,” Ms. Grossie said. “So, I just want to remind you that you weren’t losing insurance. You were just losing that insurance plan and were now being invited to go into the health insurance marketplace.”
She added that the plans that were cancelled were “really poor,” and that the extra cost of a plan on the Obamacare exchange was akin to upgrading from a Ford Focus to a Cadillac.
That’s an interesting way to put it, but it’s important to note that outside the world of HHS, invitations can be accepted or denied voluntarily.