Sen. Deb Fischer says the problems with the healthcare website simply disclose the surface of deep flaws within the federal healthcare law.
Fischer says Americans are finding out some hard truths about the law.
“We were all promised we were going to get to keep our insurance if we liked it. That’s not happening. I hear from people every day who are losing their coverage of the insurance that they had,” Fischer tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln, on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Fischer, a Republican, cautions not to expect changes in the federal healthcare law, unless there is a change in the political make-up of Congress. She says that became evident during the latest fiscal fight in Washington in which President Barack Obama and Democrats refused to consider changes to the law.
Criticism in Washington seems to be focusing on Health Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is in charge of implementing the law.
Some have called for her to resign or for the president to fire her.
“I don’t think she’s the problem,” Fischer says. “The problem is this law that’s a failure. The problem is we’re seeing 15 to 16 million Americans who are going to lose their current policies. The problem is we’re going to see people’s premiums double and, in some cases, triple.”
Fischer, who harshly criticized the law during her 2012 Senate campaign, says the origin of the problems now arising can be traced back to the passage of the law.
“Everybody’s finding out this isn’t what we were promised when this law was passed. I wasn’t here, but maybe they should have read it.”
The federal official who oversees the new health insurance exchanges has apologized to a House committee for the problems with the website. Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, pledges to fix the problems so Americans can log on and buy coverage.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this article.