By Rebecca Shabad - 10/31/13 08:05 AM EDT
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Thursday called President Obama’s repeated promise that Americans could keep their healthcare insurance under ObamaCare “false advertising.” [WATCH VIDEO]
“It was totally false advertising,” Johnson said in an appearance on “Fox and Friends.”
President Obama had promised the year before the law was passed, and in the run-up to his reelection that that wouldn’t be the case.
“If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” Obama said in 2009.
“So we’re actually going to put in a true grandfather plan that says if you have a health plan today, and you like it, you can actually keep that plan,” he said.
Reports this week revealed ObamaCare may be forcing insurance companies to drop their current subscribers. Millions of Americans are receiving or will soon receive cancellation notices from their companies, according to the reports.
At a healthcare event on Wednesday in Boston, President Obama tweaked his longstanding promise after the latest backlash, saying “the vast majority” could keep their insurance. He insisted, however, that ObamaCare would dump few people from their current plans.
Obama said his opponents have been “grossly misleading the public.”
Nevertheless, Johnson said he hopes his Democratic colleagues in the Senate will sign onto his bill.
“I know Sen. [Mary] Landrieu [D-La.] was actually talking about dropping her own bill and do just that too. We’ll certainly be in discussions,” he said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, he had 37 co-sponsors.
He prefaced that lawmakers wouldn’t be able to save every American's plan unless the law is repealed. This way, however, Obama can honor his promise, Johnson said.
“We have to do it fast, Brian, before all of these plans go away forever.”