Top GOP Senator: I’m More Concerned About Canceled Policies Than

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Tuesday that he was confident that the Obama administration would fix after its troubled launch — but his real concern is the letters that people are receiving that cancel their existing health coverage.

“I am sure you will be able to fix the website,” said Alexander, the top Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, during an oversight hearing with Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“What I’m concerned about are the canceled policies and the inability of people to have time, after you presumably fix the website by the end of November, to replace their policies by Jan. 1 so they will have health insurance.”

As TPM reported last week, congressional Republicans have been pivoting from criticisms of the website’s poor launch to lambasting the White House for coverage cancelations linked to Obamacare. They’ve seized on reports of people receiving letters from their insurers, saying their current policy is being discontinued because it doesn’t comply with the law’s requirements.

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