Speaking of health care and websites, the folks at the White House forgot to get rid of the controversial promise – "If you like the Insurance you Have, Keep It" – from their own. On the health reform section of WhiteHouse.gov, the promise is articulated saying that "nothing in the proposal forces anyone to change the insurance they have. Period."
In recent days, President Barack Obama has had to backtrack on the idea, as he's faced criticism from Republicans responding to reports that Americans are being booted from their current health insurance plans.
On Monday night at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, Obama tried to explain what's been happening.
"Remember one of the reasons that we took up health care reform was not just to help the uninsured, but also the under-insured or the badly insured," POTUS said. "Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really like that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn't changed since the law was passed. So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act you're grandfathered in on that plan."
Obama went on to say that it was the insurance companies nixing these lower-tier plans – to adhere to the standards of the Affordable Care Act – that caused a percentage of Americans' insurance to be canceled. Had the government allowed for the substandard plans to continue to exist, "then we would have broken an even more important promise, making sure that Americans gain access to health care that doesn't leave them one illness away from financial ruin," the president said.
The original promise, still very much on display on the WhiteHouse.gov website, seems to be part of an early proposal for health reform. A link leading back to "health reform details" now brings up a "404 Page Not Found" response.