By Ferdous Al-Faruque - 08/01/14 06:01 PM EDT
Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) slammed the administration’s ObamaCare rollout, calling President Obama’s claim that people could keep their insurance plans under the law a “lie.”
"The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled — I don't understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis," Frank said in an interview with the Huffington Post published Friday.
Republicans have hammered the Obama administration over the botched HealthCare.gov rollout and for saying that consumers would be able to keep their health insurance plans if they liked them. Many people said their old policies had been cancelled because of the health law’s new requirements.
The administration responded to the controversy by changing rules to allow consumers to keep old plans up to 2016.
Earlier this week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill that would allow people to keep plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum standards.
The bill was proposed by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in a key Senate race.