Jones calls for hearings on canceled insurance policies

Posted November 4, 2013

— Republican 3rd District Congressman Walter Jones on Monday called for congressional hearings on the cancellation of health insurance plans and premium increases under the Affordable Care Act.

Jones said he has received hundreds of calls and emails in the last month from constituents who have been notified by their health insurance providers that their plan has been canceled or that they will be forced to pay a substantially higher monthly premium under the health care law.

He pointed out in a letter to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton that the changes fly in the face of promises made by President Barack Obama that people who liked their insurance plans would be able to keep them under the health care reform law.

“Individuals in eastern North Carolina and across the country are being forced to pay exorbitant rate increases for new insurance plans that they do not want while being prohibited from visiting the doctors that they need,” Jones said in a statement. “This ... is further proof that this law is an unaffordable burden to the average American."


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  • Rebelyell55 Nov 7, 2013

    "If so, why are they being cancelled now?"

    November 7, 2013 9:11 a.m...Some is abuse by the insurance companies. It give them a chance to make some hugh profits. Also, when the law was written, in order to get it pass, the democrates allowed the republicans to put in "rules" and amendments to make sure the HBO and insurance companies would continue with their record profits, off of the tax payers money. Yes, this was supported by many Demorcrates who were going to make a lot of money off of this. The law was a good idea and mean to help the majority of American, but like most law intended to help the average citizens, the elected officals at that time used it for their own gain while sticking it to the average citizens.

  • albegadeep Nov 7, 2013

    Are the cancelled policies due to the President lying about being able to keep policies, or the insurance companies lying about why they're being cancelled? My understanding is that the grandfather clause protects ALL PLANS (no matter what!) for next first year. If so, why are they being cancelled now?

  • notexactly Nov 6, 2013


    Um no you are not the intelligent human being. You are comparing car insurance to health insurance, like most libs do apples to oranges to try to prove their points. Before the ACA you could choose what kind of coverage you could buy, which you very well should be able to now, but not the case. Car insurance you have to have a minimum amount of coverage to protect others property for damage you cause to someone else. Health insurance is totally different. I shouldn't have to buy maternity coverage if I am a man or if me and my wife have been made unable to have children, or if a woman cannot have children due to a female problem. But the ACA you so dearly support now takes that choice away from us. So you are not intelligent at all if you think that is right. What if you were forced to by a 1 million dollar home owners policy even if your home was only worth 150K??? Don't think you would like that, but your ok with someone having to by coverage they don't need? FUNNY STUFF

  • CastIronEgret Nov 6, 2013

    I agree with closetrebel. I'll never need maternity care, so why can't it just be an option instead of a requirement.

  • jonstewartrules Nov 6, 2013

    Time to get rid of Walter Jones and all his tax-wasting buddies. THAT's what is costing US, the TAX PAYERS.

  • jonstewartrules Nov 6, 2013

    Perhaps they should hold a hearing as to why they did not create a State Health Care Exchange plan that would have allowed more competition and lowered prices.
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  • jonstewartrules Nov 6, 2013

    As a 61-year old woman who had a hysterectomy 13 years ago, I find it ridiculous that my insurance premiums have now doubled and I'm now "required" to carry maternity coverage.

    As an intelligent human being, I find it ridiculous that you believe what post. There are components of coverage that are required of every policy. Just like Auto Liability insurance is required of everyone, whether you ever cause an accident or not. You don't really grasp the concept of "Insurance" do you?

  • jonstewartrules Nov 6, 2013

    Insurance companies are scamming folks. Two states have already busted Insurance companies for this tactic. They are trying to get people to lock into plans before folks realize they can get the same or better plans in the marketplace PLUS get the subsidies. One woman was told her $700 policy was cancelled and she needed to "opt in" to the new plan required by the ACA which would cost $300 MORE. But she was smart. She went to the State website (washington state) and looked at the plans there. Turns out, she got a plan with a $250 deductible for $80 per month after the subsidies. So anyone who is here complaining about their policies rising so high with no alternatives is lying or ignorant. Too many news articles about it. Stories are on CBS, NBC, ABC and all major internet news outlets. Ignorance can cost you THOUSANDS. Smarten up or lose out. Once again, stupidity is expensive.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 6, 2013

    There were many who knew this was going to happen, and have taken full advantage of it for their own pockets. The HMO and insurance companies have been ripping off the American people, driving up health care cost. The insurance companies see they have chance to make a hugh profit and they're doing so, thanks to Corp. Welfare elected officals who support them.

  • closetrebel Nov 6, 2013

    As a 61-year old woman who had a hysterectomy 13 years ago, I find it ridiculous that my insurance premiums have now doubled and I'm now "required" to carry maternity coverage.