Fact Checker: Insurance Companies Not to Blame for Lost Plans

White House effort to blame insurance companies receives three Pinocchios

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The White House is trying to blame insurance companies for lost insurance plans, but the Washington Post fact checker says this is untrue.

In defending President Obama’s now-discredited pledge that "if you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep it," the White House has repeatedly tried to blame insurance companies.

White House spokesman Jay Carney’s statement above, accusing insurance companies of stripping away benefits, is typical.  Columnists supportive of the White House have piled on, arguing that insurance companies should be blamed. […]

But there’s an interesting wrinkle to this story that few appeared to have understood. The main culprit is not whether or not the insurance industry has changed a plan that ran afoul of the administration’s regulations — but the law’s effective date. […]

The administration’s effort to pin the blame on insurance companies is a classic case of misdirection. Between 75 and 95 percent of the problem stems from the effective date, but the White House chooses to keep the focus elsewhere.

The Washington Post gave the White House’s efforts three Pinocchios