Insurance-policy cancellation notices issued as a result of Obamacare regulations ought to be perceived as “invitations” to purchase new plans, a Health and Human Services official told the Virginia legislature.
“If you got one of the notices that your policy was going to be discontinued because it didn’t adhere to the law, it meant that now you could go into the health-insurance marketplace,” HHS’s Joanne Grossie told Republican state senator Jeff McWaters.
“So, I just want to remind you that you weren’t losing insurance you were just using that insurance plan and were now being invited to go into the health insurance marketplace,” Grossie continued.
The Republican Party of Virginia broadcast the exchange as an attack on Senator Mark Warner (D., Va.), who is running for reelection against former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie.
“Just add this to the laundry list of thing Mark Warner won’t talk about . . . if you can actually find him,” the party e-mail says. “He won’t answer questions about the 250,000 Virginians getting ‘invitations.’”