Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin have issued statements concerning President Obama's announcement Thursday that insurers don't have to cancel insurance plans next year because of the Affordable Care Act.
Grassley's statement: “For three years, the President has taken out his pencil and eraser and rewritten or delayed his law on the fly when it’s not working. He’s doing it again today. The insurance companies that sent four million cancellation notices did it to comply with his law. What will it take for the President to admit the law isn’t working and at least call for a full delay? The President should work with Congress on something bipartisan that would address health insurance problems without disrupting what does work in our health care system.”
Harkin's statement: "If it had been up to me, I am not certain I would have made this decision, but the President felt it was important to do. My hope, however, is that everyone who has received a cancellation notice will fully and carefully consider their options. In the vast majority of cases, they will find that the coverage that they were paying good money for is not worth the paper it was printed on. It will not cover them if they are hospitalized, if they need expensive prescription drugs to treat an illness or a chronic condition, or if they have a pre-existing condition. If they go to the marketplace, however, they can get quality coverage - in some cases paying a little more, perhaps, but getting many more benefits."