November 14th, 2013
09:53 AM ET
1 year 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.

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


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soundoff (807 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Well, that's nice of him. He lies for 5 years and then to save his own party from being destroyed in the elections he postpones the pain. What absolute Horse hockey

    November 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. nate

    suck it up and pay your share!? obama care is exactly that. paying not only YOUR share but the share of all the "deadbeats" that dont work or pay for anything. free food, free housing, free utilities and now health care paid for by those with jobs

    November 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Tom American

    "Thanks" for the marginal bandaid, Obama. Now, how about actually FIXING it...... Oh, wait.... You can't! It was broken from the beginning AND YOU KNEW IT!

    November 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Mark

    When in trouble, when in doubt–run in circles, scream and shout.

    November 14, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Wondering

    I am fortunate to have health insurance, but I know many people that are not. I have a question. What is a person supposed to do if they can't afford the premiums that Obamacare seems to be deemed fit for that individual? My fiancé works a full time job, the premiums through his work are outrageous, and he has very little bring home pay, because he has to pay child support. He looked at the available packages and the prices in the website, he was one of the lucky ones to get in. But the price was still out of his affordability. Wouldn't a better plan to have been to regulate the insurance companies? Not demand that every citizen have insurance, if the premiums were at a price people could afford, more people would have it.

    November 14, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. longfisch

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

    This is what they actually care about

    November 14, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. humtake

    And so it begins. What every opponent of the ACA knew that all the others refused to listen to. The ACA is not a bad plan. But neither was the last plan we had. Or the one before that. The problem is, no matter what you institute it's going to have problems and new problems will always come up. All we did was go from one system that had problems that always had to be amended to a new solution that will always have problems and have to be amended. Yet, people somehow still think that ACA is going to cause premiums to come down and people all over the country are now going to be able to afford all of their medical bills. It's just not going to happen. It never was going to happen. We either jack up taxes and offer universal healthcare or we leave everything to the private industries...trying to implement a system with a little of both won't work. Opponents already knew that and now the proponents will start catching up. The ONLY true positive this plan has over the old one is that it gets rid of the ridiculous "pre-existing condition" controversy. Other than that, it's just another plan a politician put into place for partisan political points.

    November 14, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. JC

    What happened if the insurance companies do not want to stop cancelling more policies or and do not want to reinstate
    policies that they have cancelled already? Can the law force them to do so?

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. manlian

    Over 1 million lost health coverage under Obamacare while only 100,000 could sign up in the same time period. More people have lost healthcare under Obamacare than are able to get health coverage.

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. grace

    So wait just a minute. Our government shuts down because the Repubs want a year extension to Obamacare to give them time to get it working properly. Obama refuses to negotiate, and the standoff costs BILLIONS of tax-payer dollars.

    Now Obama is all about granting the extension?! Seriously WTH?! Why didn't he just grant it to begin with, government never would have shut down. This is some craziness up here.

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Pratt

    OMG the people in this country are so stupid. You're all stupid. The GOP calls Obamacare a "healthcare plan", yet there is no government insurance in Obamacare. But they then call the private insurance policies "healthcare plans"...so what is a "healthcare plan" and what isn't?

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. barb

    Was advised by my insurance company that policy will renew 12/31/13 (instead of 1/1/14) for one year. Next year the closest comparable plan will cost double (just under $800/month) – for one person – in good health – who makes only $55,000/year (thus does not qualify for discounts). This plan has a $5,000 deductible, therefore, in essence, you would pay out of pocket almost $15,000/year before the insurance company has to pay anything out of THEIR pocket!

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Wakeup

    Hey! Just enough time to get through the 2014 midterm elections. Nobody saw that coming!

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Newport Pagnell

    More baling wire and duct tape "fixes" out of DC...C'mon!

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Michael

    How can John Boehner call a health care system that's riddled with fraud and intensives for providers to milk the system rather then making us healthy the, "best health care delivery system in the world"

    Speaker Boehner we understand the kick backs your trying to protect are in danger however we've lined you or your backers pockets enough. We need a healthcare program that produces results. MAKE U.S. HEALTHY!!!

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Goodguy6410

    If you voted for him, you have nothing to complain about.

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Ahhh... Ummm... "I" am KING

    The "laws" are what "I" say they are.
    TRUST "ME"
    "I" am NOT a LIAR

    November 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Mike

    So basically he's going to toss out a 1 year band aid and let the states decide whether to use it or not?

    Sounds like a great well thought out plan for sure.

    November 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. ryan

    So of you've got a plan you like, you can keep it...for one year...

    November 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. ATPMSD

    Kicking the can down the road. Oh what a surprise!

    November 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. alan

    How does this clown ignore the law? He doesnt have the power to override a law. Second, now he is going to demand insurance companies also break the law? Will the jiustice department go after insurance companies the way they did when companies helped NSA?

    November 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Kevin

    A 1 year extension...and Obama continues to practice his favorite strategy of kicking the can down the road.

    November 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. rlr

    this won't help – 1) you can't force a commercial company to take onto their plans someone that doesn't have one now – and you have to change the law to make it even legal for the plans to be extended... you can't fix this with a wave of a magical wand – the mess is WAY too big that you caused mr president

    November 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Wes Zuber

    What is just rule by Fiat now?

    November 14, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. The Anointed One

    You wanted change? You got change! And the sheeple rejoice.....hallelujah!

    November 14, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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