As he stepped off an escalator leading from the Capitol’s underground subway system to the U.S. Senate, Ron Johnson opened up a yellow folder, pulled out a copy of the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act,” and handed it to fellow senator Chris Coons.
“I look forward to reading this,” said Coons, a Democrat from Delaware.
“It’s the president’s exact language,” replied Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin.
Johnson was, of course, referring to President Obama’s pledge that Americans who like their health insurance could keep it under Obamacare, a pledge that has proven untrue for millions of Americans who are losing their current insurance policies because they don’t comply with Obamacare.
As Johnson and Coons entered a senators-only elevator, the Democrat was asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD if Americans should be able to keep the plans they had in 2013. Coons shrugged his shoulders a little bit, while Johson enthusiastically responded, “Absolutely!”
Johnson’s bill, which will be introduced on Wednesday, could put Democrats in a tough spot. Asked Tuesday to explain the news that millions of Americans were losing their insurance policies, contrary to the president’s promise, Senate Democrats responded with a mixture of denials, evasions, and historical revisionism. Nearly all refused to say if they opposed Johnson’s bill.
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