A spate of news headlines last week claimed that hundreds of thousands are losing health insurance because of Obamacare. "300,000 to lose health coverage in Florida," writes NewsMax. "300,000 Floridians Lose Their Insurance Under Obamacare" claims TeaParty.com.
But none of these people will actually lose insurance, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, the source of the 300,000 letters.
Instead the letters informed customers that they will be "transitioned" from their old plan to a new Obamacare-compliant plan in 2014, as BCBS Florida's CEO explained on Meet the Press.
You can read one of the letters from Florida BCBS here. It doesn't eject the insured party from their coverage. Instead, the letter states that they will be transitioned from their current plan, which will no longer exist in 2014, to a new plan. Customers have a choice to remain on the new plan or choose another by November 1.
The new plan might have more expensive premiums. But it won't have treatment caps, it will have lower out-of-pocket costs, and will provide more benefits like free preventive care.
So the Florida letters don't cut off thousands from health insurance. But their contents don't match up to Obama's oft-touted promise, "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan."