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Rep. Clay on Affordable Care Act Claim: ‘I Cannot Defend That’

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Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay

Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – President Obama said in 2009 that Americans who liked their current plan could keep it under the Affordable Care Act but CBS News confirms that two million people have been told they can’t renew their current insurance policies.

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, says President Obama must defend those claims.

“I cannot defend that. I didn’t say that,” Clay says. “The president said it and he has to defend it and if it wasn’t accurate then the public should not have been told that.”

When U.S. Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius testifies before Congress Wednesday, it’s expected to be a heated hearing but Clay hopes partisan rhetoric won’t take over.

“I hope that the committee can get past the acrimony of saying ‘I told you so’ and work out with HHS how we’re going to implement this law, how we’re going to get it right,” Clay said.

Sebelius will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the hotly-contested healthcare law and its website, HealthCare.gov.

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