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Sebelius Referring to Cancelations as ‘Plan Turnover’

In an effort to blunt criticism as millions of Americans receive notice that their health care plans have been canceled, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius has started referring to the terminations as “plan turnover.” In an exchange with Senator Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.), she repeatedly used the phrase to argue that President Obama has not broken his promise that people could keep their preferred plans.

“If indeed the plans turned over, and this is a market, you heard Senator Nelson, and he and I served together as insurance commissioners, talk about churn in the market and the plan turnover,” Sebelius said in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, “if plans in this market changed over and over again since 2010, then insurers have been on notice since 2010 that they needed to come into compliance with the same exact consumers protections that are in the small-group market, in the employer market, in every other part of health insurance, it just wasn’t available to individuals who were out shopping on their own.”

“Plan turnover” is among the new phrases Democrats have employed as mitigation to the controversial promise; others have describing the cancellation notices as “transition” or “conversion letters.”

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