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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  1. Arethegoodtimesreallyoverforgood

    I'm sorry...yeah, the guy is a good father, but EEOC made it far too easy for him to get where he is today with an education that is NOT geared to running this country. IF the man really cared about this country, about his own family (if he doesn't care about ALL of us) he'd fix his screw-ups and keep hands off important issues, and keep his mouth shut for the duration of his term. I would say he should resign, but the thought of Joe Biden as president scares me to death.

    November 14, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Daniel

    The logistics of this "fix" just doesn't work. So my insurance company who canceled my old plan and gave me an identical plan for $400 mor per month is going to give me my old rates back? Doubt it!!

    November 14, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. jrcomo35713

    I think if Congress, especially the Republicans, would have worked "together" in the matter knowing it is the law of the land after countless attempts to strike it down, this situation would be under control. We are spending entirely too much time bashing instead of improving and repairing. Just bashing the system is getting us nowhere, that is the main reason why the most of you negative people are all frustrated and mad..Work with it already and stop all the criticism.

    November 14, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Taken4granted

    This fix is temporary until 2014, so what happens after that? Then everyone is again forced to buy the ACA coverage. The temporary fix does nothing except 2014 is an election year so Obama has to make good for a year so he can keep his Democrats in the House and Senate. Why would I pay more under ACA, when it is still cheap to pay the penalty or buy the insurance outside of the ACA coverage? Insurance companies like Cigna still offers private insurance BUT as this ACA wants all of us under its wings, 2015 will be the year that forces everyone to buy health insurance plans.

    November 14, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Laura Shean

    So the "Administrative Fix" is to delay for one year the expiration of non-compliant plans...until just after the mid-terms? Sounds like a blatant attempt to appease the democratic base that is trying to duck and cover. Yet another political move / lie by an exceptional politician and a corrupt president.

    November 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. checksandbalances

    Jim hit it on the head: How does the POTUS change the laws/rules without Congressional action? Is this a dictatorship?
    How this guy got elected twice is beyond belief....

    November 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. tom l

    You can't just go back and make changes like that, Mr. President. The proverbial toothpaste is out of the tube. Premiums were set by insurance companies based on the law. All actuarial tables would be altered and that's just not possible.

    November 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. adambeal

    Wait till next year when corporations start dumping employee health care coverage. You think its bad now 90+ million people are about to be affected if the people don't rise up and stop all this crap soon.

    November 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Charles

    How can the president arbitrarily break the law? His law?

    November 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Ted

    If you like your plan you can keep your plan...AHem...for one year...mumble mumble mumble

    November 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Sam Smith

    We are now officially a Banana Republic. The dictator says disregard the current law, insurance companies can go back to offering "substandard policies", no problem that those are now unlawful.

    November 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. AHALLKNOWSALL

    So when the republicans wanted to delay for a year they were labeled as terrorists and whackos, but now that the democrats have seen how damaging the ACA has been to them they want to delay for a year??? Nothing more than a political play...push it back until after the 2014 midterm elections to avoid losing votes, and then cram it down our throats anyway. And since when did the president have the ability to change laws any time he desires??? Last I checked the ACA was the law of the land, so how can he just change it without congress?? This whole system is a complete embarrassment and a joke!!

    November 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Reggie53

    Obama knew all along that this was not going to work. Why did he not tell the foolish Harry Reid to allow the extension that the Republicans had put forward but instead he still continued with his lies. What is he trying to prove now? This change is only happeneing because of his poll numbers are down. Everything to Obama is political so please people don't think that Obama is doing this for us....he is doing it to save his own political legacy. The man is a liar and should not be trusted. What happens when the year is up? I am sure the rates will be way higher and people will be facing hefty health care premiums so I feel his Obamacare will be seen as a total failure.

    November 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Self Employed

    I just spoke to my insurance company and they said our policy that will be cancelled effective December 31 CANNOT BE EXTENDED as they have proceeded with new plans and closed out their book of business on the old plans. To remain on a compliant plan under the Affordable Care Act (effective Jan 1), not only is my monthly premium going to be 50% higher than it is now but the coverage will also be much worse!! My deductible will be MUCH higher also. If I choose to stick with a plan comparable to my existing plan (which will be going away Dec. 31), my monthly premium would be 100% higher, so I am forced to downgrade. If you are self employed and haven't been doing your research, you are in for a surprise. The self-employed are going to have to pay more out of pocket each year for medical care and be one of the most negatively impacted by the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.

    November 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Truth

    Thank you Mr. President for making America better! I have signed up for healthcare and it has helped my family save over $3000 a year. I'd elect you a 3rd term if possible!

    November 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Brian

    Nobody can pretend or excuse all the issues. But I can't help but wonder what the situation might have been had the Republicans accepted their defeat(s) and worked toward a better system, as opposed to playing politics and sabotage. Obam cannot be held blameless, but its a shame that he had to continue to play salesman instead of architect.

    PS If you voted for Dubya your opinion about Obama doesn't count.

    November 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Tman95

    Not much of a "fix". King Obama dictates to private companies that he'll allow them to violate federal law so the minions of America can keep their "sub par" insurance until after the 2014 elections? You'd have to be pretty damn stupid not to see right through this. And what happens when the employer mandate kicks in, and millions more get cancellation notices? Are Congressional Democrats stupid enough to support this ?

    November 14, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. denise10

    @freedom what about when Bush told us we were looking for Osama Bin Laden to get us all on board to go to war, but ended up looking for weapons of mass destruction? We suffered and still are suffereing big time for that lie, so did you call for Bush's impeachment.

    November 14, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. JL

    Don't be fooled. Apart from website problems, Obamacare is working "perfectly." It was always supposed to kick you off the plan you liked, limit your choice, create subsidy dependence and ultimately lead to government controlled single payer health care. When he says they "fumbled it," he just means he didn't expect there to be this much political fallout.

    November 14, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Circus Circus

    What does Obama and other politicians care....they have lucrative govt health insurance for life.

    November 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. swingstater

    OK, stop apologizing. There's nothing here that can't be fixed pretty easily.

    Again, for the intellectually-challenged, the ACA is NOT the website. The ACA mainly exists to prevent the insurance companies from cancelling and denying you insurance. It makes them pay for medical bills, instead of making obscene profits. It ensures that you cannot be dropped if you get sick nor can they cap your coverage at a certain limit. The website is just an access point to sign for a policy. You can also do that by phone or apply with a written form.

    The GOP continues to make a big fuss over the website because they want any leverage they can get against making their friends in the insurance industry give up their profits. They don't care about you. If they cared about you, they would have had their own plan to begin with...

    November 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Serena

    He can make a call like that all by himself? Who made him in charge? Oh yea the uninformed Americas who only voted for him because of his skin color but nah they isn't racist! Pure BS of an administration!!! Shame on those of you who voted for such an inept man to be our commander and chief! 🙁

    November 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. tv22

    So he basically is trying to suspend another provision unilaterally? I thought this was "settled law" about a month and a half ago. Plus, some plans have simply gone out of business, notably high risk pools and those customers will still need to get insurance from the exchange, plus, the insurers have to design plans and rates based on a subscriber base they can't model!

    November 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Common Sense

    He CAN NOT unilaterally make a change to an existing law w/o Congress, yet he is getting away with it again! When will enough be enough with this guy?

    November 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. brotherjukebox2012

    Republicans tried to warn everyone and stop this bill for one year. Remember? So after voting in polls how bad republicans are, suddenly the democrats don't want the bill either. Bunch of hypocrites!

    November 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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