November 14th, 2013
09:53 AM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: Obama to push fix for insurance cancellations

[Breaking news update 11:55 a.m. ET]

Sources close to the insurance industry tell CNN's Gloria Borger that it looks like insurance companies will cooperate with President Barack Obama's proposed solution to the problem of health care plan cancellations due to Obamacare.

[Original story posted 11:03 a.m. ET]

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will lay out an administrative solution to address the problem of people getting cancellation notices from their health insurance providers due to the Affordable Care Act, a senior Democratic source familiar with the plan tells CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

Obama will deliver remarks at 11:35 a.m. ET in the White House Press Briefing Room, the White House announced Thursday morning.

The plan will in part call for insurance policies to be renewed for one year for those who already have insurance policies in the individual market, the source said.

If an insurance company does renew a substandard plan, it would be required to do two things. First, it would have to notify the policy holder of alternative coverage options. Second, the company would have to disclose all of the benefits a policy holder will lose if she keeps an existing substandard plan.

The source noted the President may disclose additional details.

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In addition, the source said the President would allow state insurance commissioners to decide on their own to not permit this renewal.

It's worth noting, however, that there are some states - including Virginia, Kentucky and Idaho - that require all plans in their state to comply with Affordable Care Act standards.

White House officials get earful from Democrats on Obamacare

Even though the President is about to announce the fix, House Democrats are planning to unveil their own legislative proposal that will be offered as an alternative during a procedural vote on the House GOP bill tomorrow, according to two senior House Democratic aides.

“It's back up,” one of these aides told CNN. “We want to have suspenders and a belt.”

This will allow members of Congress to be on the record voting for a solution.

Poll: Obama approval ratings drop, Americans say he's not trustworthy

When selling Obamacare, the President repeatedly assured Americans they would be able to keep their plans if they liked them. However, many Americans have been getting dropped from their providers because their existing policies don't work with the new regulations.

Obama has since apologized for people losing their coverage and pledged to find a solution.

Many in Congress avoiding health care exchanges

- CNN’s Deirdre Walsh and Mark Preston contributed to this report.


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soundoff (807 Responses)
  1. Dan

    I'm on the edge of my seat. He will say the law is brilliant and if you disagree you are racist

    November 14, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. bill

    obama to make statement. it should say obama to lie again.

    November 14, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Stay strong Mr. President. Don't let the GOP filth get you down!

    November 14, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Now this should be interesting...

    November 14, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. HenryMiller

    It's too much to hope that the statement will be "Having lied and ruined my own credibility, and exhibited a profound lack of judgement, I am no longer qualified to exercise the responsibilities of my office and hereby resign."

    But I hope it anyway.

    November 14, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. just saying

    he'd better say that he now supports the complete repeal of this disaster or the democrat party will take a beating like never before in the 2014 elections. but what does obama care? he isn't running and we all know, it is all about him.

    November 14, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    HenryMiller

    It's too much to hope that the statement will be "Having lied and ruined my own credibility, and exhibited a profound lack of judgement, I am no longer qualified to exercise the responsibilities of my office and hereby resign."

    But I hope it anyway.
    -------
    Henry, Henry, Henry... I share the hope, and then I think, "President Biden".

    November 14, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Former Republican

    @Fair is Fair
    Wonder what Bill Clinton told him to do.

    Miss that splendid leader and intellectual powerhouse George W. Bush?

    November 14, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Donna

    I wonder who he is going to blame for his failures? George Bush AGAIN??

    November 14, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. luke,az

    Let these tea party people keep their junk policies. They would rather cut their throats to spite their faces than listen to reason. When they find out that they have insufficient coverage don't blame President Obama. Republicans must be removed from office. The elections in Virginia is sending a message to the nation that they are tired of the tea party Taliban.

    November 14, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Tony

    Some people are receiving letters from insurance companies saying that due to new Obamacare requirements, they are forced to cancel plans. Conservatives complain that Obamacare requires pediatric care for 60-year-olds, drug dependency coverage for Mormons, pregnancy coverage for guys and people beyond child bearing age. However, insurance companies and conservatives are lying or not telling the whole truth.

    There is a grandfather clause in Obamacare. Insurance plans do not need to meet all of Obamacare's requirements to be grandfathered. In fact, none of the things conservatives talked about (see above) were required in order for plans to be grandfathered. Insurance companies could have grandfathered the plans if they had wanted to. They chose not to keep the plans.

    November 14, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. shorething

    Who cares, All Obama does is make statements, most of which are lies because that is Obama's MO. Nice job being a transparent administration as you claimed to be Obama. So full of yourself is sickening

    November 14, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. much thunder..little rain

    how..... about..... this.... its a mess lets start over....ugh

    November 14, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Paul B

    Jeff B, and the lying cheating communist democrats are any better? Leave it to the Donkey's to ruin our nation!!

    November 14, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. tom l

    @Luke
    "Let these tea party people keep their junk policies"

    Please enlighten me as to how you have been able, based on your research and information, to determine what a "junk" policy is. I'm really curious how you are all knowing for all Americans and have the insight to determine what is good for them.

    November 14, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Harleigh

    Another campaign speech and a continuation of the big lie.

    November 14, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    SMART STATMENT. I have come to realize that the ACA is a complete disaster and will sign a bill to Repeal it in it's entirety.
    DUMB STATEMENT: The ACA is on track to work folks. Just give it a bit more time.

    November 14, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. kris

    Oh yea!!!! I wonder what lie he'll tell today?

    November 14, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. kaneda

    As long he includes the words "I will resign"

    November 14, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Would You Look at That

    I'm going to pray to an imaginary god that he is announcing his resignation...

    November 14, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Sonny

    Why bother listening ? It's obvious it's going to be some rubbish like – I understand America is frustrated, but I assure you it's going to get better and it's the right thing to do...blah blah blah. The man doesn't get it

    November 14, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Obmama

    As years go by I realize all these people in office have only agenda's for themselves and their wallets. They care nothing about the people, they twist words around being smart in law and screw us over.

    November 14, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Jerk Face

    @Dan – That's racist.

    November 14, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. tiz

    why should I believe anything this guy says anymore?
    #don'tcare

    November 14, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. enzo

    Last time he got on TV I turned him off.

    November 14, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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