WASHINGTON – White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday defended President Barack Obama's assurances to Americans that nothing in their insurance would change if they were satisfied with their current plan under his new healthcare law. In the daily White House briefing, Carney said that some consumers might lose their plans, but only those people who purchased coverage on the individual market and had their coverage changed after the new health care law was passed in 2010. Individuals whose plans did not change can keep their coverage, Carney said. Only 5% of the population purchases insurance on the individual market that has been like "the Wild West," Carney said, unregulated with fine print and other dubious practices. So the fact that they are getting new options is "good news," Carney said. "Millions of Americans who have been subject to the whims and vagaries of this individual insurance market are going to have security that they've never had before and better coverage, in most cases, than they've ever had before and cheaper coverage, in many cases, than they've ever had before," he said.
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