This story had a longer than usual shelf life on roanoke.com, where it received many comments. For that reason, I didn’t post it on the blog sooner. But for anyone who might have missed it, or still wants to weigh in, here goes:
In two words, Rob Lawson of Roanoke County can sum up the most recent controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act: “That’s me.”
Last month, Lawson received a letter from his insurance company, informing him that his plan was being cancel ed to meet the requirements of the new health care law.
Such cancellations have been a hot topic on Capitol Hill this week, as some lawmakers have grilled Obama administration officials about what they say was a false bill of goods sold to the American public.
In pitching the heath care overhaul over the past three years, President Barack Obama has repeatedly assured people that if they like their current insurance plan, they can keep it.
To Lawson, those promises rang hollow when he received a letter dated Oct. 2 from his insurance carrier, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
“To meet the requirements of the new laws, your current plan can no longer be offered,” the letter stated.
As many as 14 million individual policy holders have received similar letters, according to opponents of a law best known as Obamacare.