Hudgens spokesman Glenn Allen said the figures were based on internal estimates, and there was no way to tell at this point how many of those would have their policies canceled outright. Allen could not say whether those losing their health plan could expect an increase or decrease in premiums under a different plan. Some plans may be grandfathered in under the law.
Lawmakers have raised concerns about the cancellations in addition to problems with the rollout of the government’s health care website. In recent days, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner have been questioned during congressional committee meetings about why so many individuals and businesses have been receiving the cancellation notices.
Tavenner blamed insurance companies for cancelling the policies and said most people will be able to find a better and possibly less expensive plan. Sebelius said the website problems will be fixed by the end of November.