Obama offers fix for canceled health plans
November 14th, 2013
11:26 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama offers fix for canceled health plans

- Obama: Government will tell insurers they can extend, through 2014, individual-market plans that otherwise would be canceled under Obamacare.
- But president notes not all state insurance commissioners may agree to extensions. Companies have a say, too.
- Some providers had been dropping customers because their existing policies don't work with new Obamacare regulations.
- Insurance trade group: Changing the rules now could result in higher premiums.
- Updates below. Also, see the full story.

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soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Doug Oliver

    Is the law written so vaguely that our President is given control over how to implement, when to enforce, and who is applies to?

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

    UH OH I goofed. Maybe I should have studied the effects of this thing before I put my name all over it. LOL wow. Millions affected, millions not registered, millions unable to afford the new standard insurance. How is this better for you as a normal and not one of the elite? Woohoo I get an extra year on my old plan just to have to get a new plan next year. What does that change? And taxpayers don't forget your taxes will be going up shortly for the government subsidy for those that cannot afford this plan just like they couldn't afford healthcare to begin with. Thank you Mr. President for uh, well, really nothing.

    November 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Jim

    You mean the insurance companies are going to have to tell all you guys you will no longer have the maternity care coverage he mandated they carry for you or insurance to cover your gender change surgery if you want it? Oh the horror!

    November 14, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Clinton wins this round..........but Obama always get his revenge........and Hillary will suffer for it, in her campaign.

    November 14, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Jim

    Isn't this the same thing the republicans were pushing for with a one year delay and instead of agreeing, Harry wouldn't bring it to a vote in the senate, thereby causing the expensive government shutdown? Now the dems want that? Are they really that ignorant?

    November 14, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. whatyouare8891

    This is getting more and more disastrous every single day. Utter and complete failure.

    November 14, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. KellyJohnson

    This guy is always late...can he be on time for one thing? Ever....why say 11:35 is you mean 12:00? Just shows out out of touch he is.

    November 14, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. whatyouare8891

    This is a monumental failure. Every single day it gets more disturbing. Those who did not need or want Obamacare are now being affected in a very serious manner....what a mess.

    November 14, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Carol

    Stop using the word fix. This just delays the lie for one more year.

    November 14, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Erich

    So if we all can keep what we've had – does that include all of us with our "no health care" status...
    Why can't there be fitness test loop-hole to the law? Have Michelee Obama create a fitness test that any American can take and when passed – they do not have to purchase health care – America runs on incentives and loop-holes!

    November 14, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Sandra Bliffeld

    What happens to the people covered under the Prexisting Health Plan which expires December 31, 2013 if we cannot sign up with Obamacare?

    November 14, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Books Will Save The Planet

    It is illegal to change any part of a bill after it has passed into law.

    November 14, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. dax

    This is rearranging the deck chairs.... It will actually be worse in a year when corporations are hit with the changes and start dumping employees and jobs to keep the damage to a minimum. I guess Obama just wants to put off the inevitable repeal for 1 more year. Repeal it now and lets move on to other things.

    November 14, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. freedom

    He can't dictate to insurance companies to extend coverage to their customers – after they cancelled the policies under his stupid law. WHEN WILL HE GET IT THROUGH HIS HEAD THAT WE DON'T HAVE DICTATORS IN AMERICA!

    November 14, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. leann

    This does not fix anything... Your policy will probably still end at the end of the year.. I hope this signals a new era of less government and that everyone can see what a mess they voted into office.. DO you still want MORE government???

    November 14, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    The only real fix is to repeal! Enough of Obama's arrogance. Let's get back to our deficit and budget needs, do away with the IRS and replace it with the Fairfax, and all the other major issues that have been put off because of King Obama and his socialist agenda.

    November 14, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Tim

    I think he is about ready to shred the constitution again, and if so, it's going to be administratively impossible to accomplish it now. Insurance companies are not govt agencies, they can't switch now without enormous costs.

    November 14, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Beans

    If you lost your policy, you can keep it lost, for one year. Delay?
    Its not a fix. Its kicking the can down the road. Most likely until after elections.

    November 14, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. gee wiz wow

    HC cost have been rising fast over the last 12 years. In addition, we dish out grants to hospitals and scam religious run organizations. And we pay for those who visit emergency rooms and skip out on the bill.

    Obama needs to raise the penalty for those who don't comply.

    I'M sick and tired of paying for free-loaders and religious scam artists.

    November 14, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. aicohn

    Who cares. Is he going to give us some more great sounding LIES.

    Yes, LIES. Not misstatements or anything else.

    November 14, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. You Can Keep Your Plan If You Want

    Nice try sport, but if you want to make changes in the law you have to go back to Congress.

    November 14, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Revolt will come, as we see the first casualties of Obama Care.
    People who lost coverage and has no health care and actually dies.
    That will be the nightmare for Obama.

    November 14, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. davidfarrar

    President Obama announced that health insurers can extend existing health plans on the individual and small-group markets into 2014.

    Now there will be only one way to put an end to Obamacare, once and for all...elect Republicans to Congress on November 3, 2014.

    ex animo

    November 14, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Ins Prof

    The fact that this is close to impossible as insurers will be subject to lawsuits, will need new actuarial analysis, filings with State Insurance Commissioners and renegotiations with providers who actually price the healthcare service, is not a concern of this administration. Now that "he" is allowing it, its just another strategy to blame another party for the Dems to get through the 2014 election. Its not about the truth and problem solving, it is just that he will now be able to blame the insurance industry for not reissuing policies as part of the election narrative for 2014. No different than blaming a rogue website for Benghazi to get through 2012. He knows most people don't understand the financial complexity of insurance rating, so the facts won't matter, and the media won't report on the pattern of blame game strategy as part of an analysis.

    November 14, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Cindy

    Please change the name of the Act, from Affordable Care Act to just Care Act as it's not Affordable. Also, it still doesn't protect you from going bankrupt. Medicaid is ruled by the state and they have their own rules by state. The ACA doesn't give you the choice to participate if below poverty levels, so you are subjected to possible bankruptcy. The ACA cap is too high for the lower incomes, if you are sick and need medical care. 2,000 deductible and 6,000 max before 100% paid. This has good stuff, but it's not affordable. The uninsured didn't need a Cadillac plan, but an Affordable plan.

    November 14, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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