And after the story broke last night and was widely circulated, the link from NBC News mysteriously stopped working. Speculation was quick, as you’d expect on Twitter, with many wondering if Team Obama had somehow killed the story. Nah. It was just a “glitch.” Did NBC News tweet a not-so-subtle dig and the rollout of Obamacare? I hope so:
EDITOR'S NOTE: A publishing glitch took down our story on policy cancellations under Obamacare. Republished here: http://t.co/HegN2kyvyV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 29, 2013
Team Obama pushed back against the NBC report. Some examples. . .
FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) October 29, 2013
. . .FACT! Yes, there are no regulations whatsoever in the ACA that are causing insurance companies to cancel policies. Not one damn thing.
And how about some zombie-imagery? Eviscerates!
— J. Goldman -Archived (@Goldman44) October 29, 2013
. . .Please, Dan, tell us: these people getting cancelation letters is just normal turnover? Really? Reads more like Obamacare “eviscerates” consumer choices in the individual market.
Let’s add a link to PolitiFact for some gravitas when challenged. . .
— Josh Earnest (NARA) (@jearnest44) October 28, 2013
But did Josh Earnest actually read what he linked to from PolitiFact? Doesn’t look that way. Or, maybe, he’s just cherry-picking. Either way, he’s wrong (emphasis mine):
Rubio said, “300,000 people are going to lose their individual coverage because of Obamacare. Now those people next year, they don’t have health insurance.”
Rubio was referring to letters Florida Blue started sending to consumers in the individual market in August. The letters do tell consumers that their particular plan will end due to the Affordable Care Act. That’s because the plans typically don’t offer the comprehensive coverage that is required under the new law.
However, the letters also state that consumers will have “continuous health care coverage” and assigned them a particular plan, or gave them the option to contact Florida Blue and choose another plan. So their coverage is not dependent on being able to buy insurance through healthcare.gov, the government’s online marketplace.
We rate this claim Mostly False.
See that Josh? Some 300,000 in Florida losing their coverage because of the ACA was ruled “true” by PolitiFact. You still need to answer the question, “Are health insurance companies lying in these cancellation letters when they cite ACA as the reason?”
And as a bonus, please show this PolitiFact piece to Valerie Jarrett to fact-check her ridiculous claim that Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. Thanks!