‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan’ – O’Ban and Manweller work to uphold president’s promise

It’s now almost four years since President Obama signed his signature health care reform legislation – and the controversy surrounding it has yet to die down. Polls continue to find that many around the nation are dissatisfied with the law and the way it was implemented.

For most families, though, the politics surrounding Obamacare are separate from the practical reality of receiving quality health care. Their top concern is finding good coverage that works for them, at a rate they can afford. Many are making that search precisely because, unlike what the president promised them, they were not allowed to keep their previous coverage if they liked it.

Two solid members of the Legislature, Sen. Steve O’Ban (Lakewood) and Rep. Matt Manweller (Ellensburg) sought to right that wrong. They were spurred to act after President Obama tried to make good on his “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” promise. Unfortunately, Washington’s Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler, rejected the idea, denying consumers in our market the chance to continue their current coverage.

About 290,000 Washingtonians had their plans cancelled because of Obamacare’s regulations. Sen. O’Ban and Rep. Manweller worked together to craft legislation that would offer those people new options. O’Ban’s SB 6464 would give a year’s grace period for policies that don’t meet Obamacare’s regulations while allowing consumers to buy health policies from other states.

For consumers struggling to find adequate coverage at an affordable price, O’Ban and Manweller’s legislation is a lifeline. Their colleagues in Olympia should consider SB 6464 and put some real thought into how they can best help families that health care reform and Mike Kreidler have left behind.

— Rob McKenna




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Rob McKenna
Rob served two terms as Washington’s Attorney General, from 2005 to 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of consumer protections on the internet, in data protection and privacy regulation.