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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that Americans will be allowed to keep canceled health plans for an extra year, in a major climbdown after the troubled launch of his landmark reform.

In promoting his “Obamacare” plan to expand health insurance to millions of uninsured Americans, the president had promised that those happy with their existing coverage could keep it.

But, when the program was launched, many people received notices canceling policies that were no longer compatible with the new rules.

Compounding this surprise, the rollout of the program was undermined by an online marketplace for new, cheaper coverage plans that proved unable to meet demand and repeatedly crashed.

On Thursday, under pressure from lawmakers and falling poll numbers, Obama announced that policy cancellations would be postponed for a year while Obamacare’s problems are fixed.

Obama said that a measure to allow those who had insurance plans before Obamacare came in effect would be extended to those who bought them after its enactment.

“The bottom line is insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be cancelled into 2014,” he explained.

“And the American people — those who got cancellation notices deserve and have received — an apology from me,” Obama said, acknowledging several times that “that’s on me.”

“But they don’t want just words,” he said. “What they want is whether we can make sure that they are in a better place and that we meet that commitment.”

While admitting that the online marketplace for consumers to find new health plans had had a “rough start,” Obama warned his political opponents not to try to overturn the entire law.

“I will not accept proposals that are just another brazen attempt to undermine or repeal the overall law and drag us back into a broken system,” he said.

Figures released Wednesday showed only 106,185 people have been able to register for the program, 1.5 percent of the number the administration had planned to recruit by the end March next year.

AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan

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  • docb

    I dislike that he let the Congress off the hook but the insurance companies will have to take the credit for selling bad policies with this move. He took the responsibility …that is a real leader…

  • infadelicious

    yes! the dems chickens are coming home to roost , but they’ll be eating crow for dinner,.
    those dems all voted for the insurance companies to be able to cancel policies.In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked .On a party line vote, Democrats killed the resolution, and now, they can wash that crow down with koolaid or purple drank so they don’t choke on it,

    • ObozoMustGo

      At least Obozo has some nice silverware and china to eat his crow with…. just sayin

      • infadelicious

        No time to get the silverware……..its’ free eats……………

  • ObozoMustGo

    Looks like Obozo actually agrees with Ted Cruz and the Republicans now…. hmmmm… how intransigent he was in refusing to negotiate, refusing to even accept a 1 year delay.

    Ted Cruz and the Republicans were right! Welcome aboard Obozo!!

    BTW… One other point… Obozo is NOT the Legislator-in-Chief. He has NO Constitutional authority to simply unilaterally change laws. This is yet another example of Obozo the Despot sticking his middle finger up at the Constitution and America. He is a tyrant and he should be impeached.

    Have a nice day!

    “If you like your health plan, you can keep it. PERIOD!” – Baroke WhoIsInsane Obozo uttering the statement 40+ times over a 3+ year period that WILL be his legacy.