TPM Livewire

Top Dem Hoyer: Obama Should Have Been 'More Precise' About Insurance Promise

Fiscal-cliff--4
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

“We knew that in requiring the individual market, some five percent of the market, requiring certain minimum standards … what we said in the legislation is look, you’ve got to have minimal coverage so you meet that responsibility," Hoyer told reporters Tuesday, as quoted by BuzzFeed. "To that extent we knew there were policies that would not meet that, particularly in the individual market.

“We knew there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required more extensive coverage, and of course that coverage is available in the exchange," he added.

Hoyer said that the promise, repeated by the Maryland Democrat himself, was incomplete.

“I don’t think the message was wrong, I think the message was accurate," he said. "It was not precise enough [and] should have been caveated; assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday pushed back against the notion, pushed by Republicans, that President Obama mislead the American people, arguing instead that consumers who were on a plan when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law and haven't since been dropped or removed from it by insurance providers "can keep that plan if they so choose."