Sen. Johanns: Obama’s You-Can-Keep-It Promise 'Was Always False'

November 5, 2013 - 5:09 PM

Sen. Mike Johanns

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – In April 2010 after President Barack Obama had signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the president said: "If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you.”

CNSNews.com asked Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) at the Capitol on Tuesday whether or not that statement was true or false.

“That statement was false when made, and it’s false today, and it was always false,” Johanns said.

CNSNews.com also asked Johanns whether he thought people who morally object to having health insurance plans that include abortion-inducing drugs would be able to change their plans to protect their religious convictions.

“You know, I feel bad for them, because I think they are really, really in a box,” Johanns said, noting that some have taken legal action to fight the inclusion of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraceptives that are covered in the ACA health insurance plans. One of those plaintiffs is the Christian owner of Hobby Lobby.

The complete exchange between CNSNews.com and Johanns follows:

CNSNews.com: President Obama said after he signed the Affordable Care Act that if you like your insurance plan you can keep it, no one can take it away from you. Was that a true or false statement?

Johanns: That was a very false statement.

CNSNews.com: And what about Christians who object to covering abortion-inducing drugs and that kind of thing – do you think they’ll be able to keep their plan?

Johanns: You know I feel bad for them, because I think they are really, really in a box. Now there’s litigation pending, but it’s unfortunate they’re having to go through that, so I don’t know.

That statement was false when made, and it’s false today, and it was always false.