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. Ed

    First Obamacare forced the insurance companies to cancel their old insurnace plans to comply with Obamacare. Now the president tells the same insurance companies that if they feel like it they can now reverse what they were forced to do – well for 1 year. After all this – who wants the Federal Government to be involved in your health insurance policy? Other then those that are getting the government to pay all or most of their medical insurance!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. JJ

    It's just really hard to believe anything this President says anymore.

    November 14, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Jason

    How many times I have posted on here that people will lose their coverage, that it will be higher cost, and overall this ObamaCare thing will be a disaster. Some people criticized me. Now all of us who said the same thing can rightfully say, "TOLD YOU SO!"

    November 14, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Dave in Houston

    If you like your President, you can keep him – Period. If you like your Democrats, you can keep them – Period.
    May they share the same fate as their misguided "Affordable"? Care Act.
    - TEA Party Told You So!

    November 14, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. HoTamale24

    How doe this fix anything???
    The problem will exist in one year again..
    AMERICA DO NOT Fall for this lie.

    November 14, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. kennyzales

    "We fumbled it." YA THINK??

    November 14, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. PODVET

    There is a lesson here about what happens when the concensus elect the wrong guy based on nothing but appearance. This guy had NOTHING in his resume that suggested he could lead a boy scout troop of of the forrest let alone lead an entire nation. I think his intentions are admirable, but this guy doesn't lead because he has never had to lead. His words to me are like a shakespearean tragedy, "A tale told by an idiot, full of sound a fury, signifying nothing."

    November 14, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Andrew

    Obamacare's rollout has been atrocious, but let's be serious. The ACA has been under constant attack for the past 3 years, with special interests groups pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into sabotaging it and Republicans actively trying to undermine it in Congress. There was no way it was going to be a perfect execution.

    November 14, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Steve Orosz

    It's amazing that so many people seem surprised that insurance companies would try to take advantage of their customers when they have been doing it for years. Cancelling policies or drastically increasing the price of policies has long been standard practice. What I find amazing is the idea that it is communist to require people to do something that they may not want to do in order to protect the rest of society. Drivers are required to have automobile accident insurance. Car buyers have no choice but to purchase cars equipped with safety features like seat belts, airbags, decent brakes, etc. even if they don't wish to have those features. If people want health care coverage that lacks the minimum features required under the ACA, they'll now have an additional year to realize that there are far better alternatives out there with decent coverage and, in many cases, with affordable prices – even without the subsidies that are often available. Once people discover this and see the options available, most of them will want to change.

    November 14, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Frank

    Dozens of times (that we know of) over his campaign to pass ObamaCare and to win re-election, President Obama lied to the American people about being able to keep the health insurance they like. But that lie has only been replaced with another: the lie that these cancellations will be limited to the 5% of Americans in the individual marketplace - when the truth is that these cancellations have only just begun.

    Over at National Review, in a piece appropriately titled "Lying About Lies," Michael Tanner reports that the same ObamaCare formula currently wiping out the individual market is about to rain hell on the employer-based market. The result will be that tens of millions of policies will be wiped out.

    November 14, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. D. Henson

    Wow what a briefing. One of his statements was "In this country as wealthy as we are everyone should have healthcare." Didn't we just come out of a scenario where we couldn't pay our bills as a nation? I guess "We" refers to all those that make the policies that keep themselves rich and everyone else level or at poverty. He also said that 500,000 have made it through the registration process but, that only 106,000 have completed the process of finding healthcare in the Marketplace. How many people are in America? Some 313 million. Terrible percentage. Another issue is allowing State Insurance Commissioners to have the final say in extending healthcare for policies in the independent market. I'm wondering how much money has been spent on A.) The website B.) The investigation into why it failed C.) The briefings about it and now what will be the monetary effects of this new extension if allowed. He also stated that "If everyone would have had great healthcare at an affordable rate in the old plan he would not have introduced a new plan." Well, it still appears that some of those issues will be in this plan except reversed. Now you'll have worse care at higher prices and as taxpayers who do you think will be paying the subsidies provided by the government to those that can't afford it? YOU the taxpayer, that's who.

    I agree with the poster who said we need to look at getting prices down. The example used was an x-ray. Cost at $50 but, charged $500, ridiculous. Look at prices of pharmaceuticals. Way too high and nothing being done about it. A trip to the emergency room costs hundreds of dollars nowadays.

    As long as "We the People" keep voting in these so called "For the People" representatives nothing is going to change for the better.

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

    Allowing insurance companies to renew plans for one more year would be a good idea... if it wasn't so dumb. Insurance companies that have already cancelled plans and crafted new ones have little incentive to renew the old ones now. Some may do it based on good PR but many won't. It's too late. It would cost them more money to retrofit things back in now that they've already moved their companies on to new policies. Running a business is not trivial. It's not free for them to be whiplashed this way and that. They incur costs crafting and managing their different plans. And just because Obama has acquiesced into "allowing" them to extend the old plans another year doesn't mean it's free for them to do it... or that they have any incentive to undo what they've done now, only to re-do it again next year. Some, if not all, will just move on to the meet the eventual requirements and leave it that way now. This is what happens when an amateur starts tinkering with things they don't understand.

    November 14, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. patty51

    So now the insurance companies who were complying with the Affordable Care Act can now ignore the law and re-write all those policies they cancelled and not be complying with the AFC. LOL This would make for a funny skit....can't wait to see what SNL does with this.

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

    What part of "settled law" don't the democrats understand ? Bill Clinton just gelded our president.

    November 14, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Educated

    To the 22yr old that posted he will not get insurance when you turn 26yrs old, please also assure if you are critically injured, you DO NOT go to a hospital, because then the taxpayer will have to pay 100% of your costs because you chose to be a burden on our health system instead of purchasing insurance.

    My policy has NOT changed and I have been unaffected by the ACA.

    Even when the President admits failure, the Right Wing whackos still chastise him as incompetent, when he is the only man in Washington offering solutions. All your Right Wing Tea Party offers is obstruction, to the point of fiscal default.

    How about offering solutions instead of pointless name calling? Maybe then the Republican party can win some elections. You LOST seats in 2012 because of this same obstruction policy. When will you return to logical courses of action instead of supporting the likes of Palin, Bachman and Cruz.

    November 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. K Schofield

    I am so tired of the president having to apologize over the Affordable Health Care Bill. Its opponents are simply wrong. We all have a responsibility to each other as Jesus said. Dear opponents, stop being selfish and start living like you were taught. YOU ARE YOUR BROTHER'S KEEPER, ACT LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Travis

    I am sorry, but I was irritated by how many times he referenced "fumbling the ball" during his little press conference. I am not amused, this is not a game.

    November 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. julnor

    If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. For a year. If the insurance company does what I ask. I'll just change the law on my own.

    November 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. JK

    It's kind of sad watching America completely fall apart.

    November 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. NCCountry

    Whether you agree with ObamaCare or not, if the government is going to get into the business of building websites like this in the future we need to create some sort of division of government that makes it their job to see that these initiatives succeed. NOT bid out to contractors whose only interest is securing huge multi year deals and delivering more bad websites.

    November 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. John

    I think a better name would be the Postponable Care Act, since it was passed in 2011 and all we've seen since then are various parts of it being pushed back for election cycles.

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

    This isn't a football game Mr. President. Your "affordable" health care affects the livelihood of millions of Americans. The damage has already been done and there really is no way to undo it at this point. It is what it is.

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

    The Republican answer to Obamacare is to pray you don't get sick or have a serious injury before you qualify for Medicare.

    Unfortunately, that's the harsh reality.

    The health insurance companies lie. They could continue peoples' current plans under Obamacare, but insurance companies NEVER keep the same policy from year to year – lessening your coverage and increasing your deductables/copays every year. By law, they aren't selling you the same policy – they're just giving a different policy the same name. Now Obama will just let the insurance companies keep lying to their customers.

    November 14, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. KH

    Almost 6 year's it has taken for those on the left to realize that this POTUS is destroying our country!

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

    Notice how this extension gets us past the 2014 elections ? Does he really think we are all that stupid ?

    "If you like your current insurance you can extend it until 2014 provided you vote Democrat in the next election. Period."

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