No. 2 House Dem: Obamacare Attempt to Change 'Value System in Our Country'

November 18, 2013 - 8:40 AM

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Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.). the assistant House Democratic leader, said on CNN's "State of the Union With Candy Crowley" on Sunday the Obamacare is an attempt to change a "value system in our country."

"The fact of the matter is, this is a rollout problem, this is not a values problem. And I think that if we were to look at what we're attempting to do with the Affordable Health Care Act, you will know that what we're trying to do is change a value system in our country."

Clyburn didn't elaborate on the nation's "values system." Instead, he talked about policy cancellations, which are nothing new to him:

"I've been hearing from constituents for the entire 21 years I've been in the Congress about cancellation letters that they've been getting from insurance companies as soon as a child is born with diabetes, cannot get on your health care policy, gets sick, go for your second treatment you get a cancellation letter, you limit your benefits, you get annual benefits -- a cancellation letter from your insurance company.

"So the fact of the matter is, we are trying to stop these cancellations. And now a few insurance companies have decided to use the Affordable Care Act to send out a new set of cancellation letters."

It's a trust issue and a management issue, isn't it? Crowley asked Clyburn.

"Well, sure, paradise lost, paradise regained," he replied. "And when you lose something, you can find it again. And the president has admitted that he expects to be held responsible for regaining the Americans' trust. And I think he will."

He dismissed President Obama's promise that people could keep their insurance plans if they liked them as a "sound bite" that he should have better explained. "And we have to take the time to explain it and I think the media ought to report those explanations."