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Official The White House Response to Allow Any American To Voluntarily Opt Out Of "ObamaCare" [The So Called Affordable Care Act].
This response was published on May 16, 2013.

If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It

Thanks for your petition on the Affordable Care Act. We've got some good news for you. If you currently have private health insurance, you should be able to keep it, and that's exactly what the health care law says. It's not a question of opting out of health reform -- the idea that individuals who like their insurance should keep it is a central part of the law.

And as you say, President Obama has been pretty clear on that point.

But there are clearly still some misconceptions out there, and we appreciate the chance to clear some of them up. Here's how the health care law benefits individuals who already have health insurance -- which is about 85 percent of the country:

So you'll be able to keep the plan you like, but we'll also make sure insurance companies are playing by the rules and that -- if you want them -- there are other insurance options available to you starting in 2014.

And to be clear -- there is no provision for groups to "opt out" of the health care law. The examples you cite are actually temporary, transitional policies provided to employers of all kinds. They provide extra time for companies to comply with the law, but those waivers aren't unlimited -- all employers will need to comply with the Affordable Care Act by 2014.

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