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. Atheist Forever

    Obama, what a failure after I voted for him twice.

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

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. Wait until the employer mandate kicks in, it will be much worse. The premium hike for plans isn't the bad thing, it is the "out of pocket", even though ACA mandate $6500 per year, deductibles will be at least that so you may not reach you deductible ever and if you do, you are probably too sick to work.

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

    Why is the media so unconcerned with reporting on the ACA policies themselves - the Bronze Plan is an absolute worthless lemon that we're being forced to purchase for way too much money (I'm talking folks who won't be getting tax breaks). It's an unaffordable 60/40 plan with a very, very high deductible. How does that help anyone in a lower middle class income bracket avoid bankruptcy? I thought we'd be offered good policies, not scam stuff. I'd NEVER have purchased such a lousy policy on my own.

    November 14, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Dr Tod Policandriotes

    I really would like to see a true honest person in the presidency. The problem is that the president has to deal with a bunch of rich babies always crying don't mess with my money. I would ask some of those rich babies, how did they get "their" money? Yes, it matters HOW they made their money in my book. You do not become a millionaire or billionaire without stepping on others or taking from others unless you manufacture something tangible that people will buy and get value from. If you provide a service, how much money do you think you deserve to charge? For example, cell phone service, I pay over $100/month for 1 phone with internet. It has become almost a necessity to have a cell phone, so why do these corporations NEED to make so much profit? They still have problems with their services and yet we still have to pay when they are having problems. There are a lot of things I consider WRONG with the way we do things and our society in general, the question you have to ask yourself, are you satisfied with the direction things are moving? We have a very poor education system and a bunch of people out their that do not even know that F=ma or basic science and mathematics. Why is it more important for CEO's of corporations and stock brokers to make millions of dollars for very little actual work when our schools are falling apart and the people teaching them are treated like second rate citizens. People that make those millions seem to forget that is the the average people that keep things working and not them. We could do without millionaires and billionaires and no one would care.
    I agree with a previous post that talks about reducing the costs associated with health care and the huge mark-ups so the greedy CEO's and investors can make their millions. "The welfare of the many outweighs the welfare of the few or the one"....best quote I have ever heard and it is correct.

    November 14, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. zaggs

    How is this not Fred Upton's plan?

    November 14, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Kevin

    So, the President wants the insurance companies to not follow the rules he put into his own bill that is "the law of the land". He wants a one year period where people can keep their own plans. Just in time to get him through the midterm elections. What a Maroon!

    November 14, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Chad Smith

    This speech was supposed to end with the phrase "Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow."

    November 14, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. G

    People lighten up. First, he is not dictating anything but asking insurance companies to extend for a year the individual plans. He's not making them do anything. Second, if the republicans would only work with the president to make this plan better, we wouldn't be in this state of affairs. Third, Bengazi? Get a life.

    November 14, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Jerome

    Isn't this what the terrorist Rand Paul trying to accomplish during the shutdown. When will the media recognize that the tea party was right and were given bad press because they did not give in to every Obama demand.

    November 14, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. wedge40

    How is this a fix? It's just pushing things off a year.

    November 14, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. HowCanYouBelieveAWordHeSaysAnymore

    Let's just have a National Referendum on ACA Repeal. It is all an ill-conceived lie.

    November 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Robb

    The decent insurance action would have been to set up meetings with each of their policy holder to see what changes could be made to their contracts as addendum's, to bring them up to code. Instead they are just kicking everyone out. They had a choice and when they send out the letters its all " not our fault, Obama made us do it." Maybe this is a long-game play to get a bigbusiness friendly admin in the white house come next election. Its like telling a spoiled child to clean up the table then hear it moan shriek and complain while he does it in the biggest corner cutting way possible.

    November 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. edog355

    Can't be fixed. In fact, the more he tries to "fix" it, the worse the problems are going to get. Best bet at this point is shut up and hope for the best but prepare for the worst!

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

    IIs the idea of a dictatorship really that bad? Yes dictators have done horrible things in the past but those were EVIL men in power. President Obama could be the most wonderfully benevolent dictator. Someone who cares for ALL the people and ensures comfort for every one of us. Would it be so bad to bend a knee to a man who could eliminate poverty, eliminate crime and end corporate greed and American expansionism? We should remove the corrupt congress and promote our dear President Obama to the true highest office in the land! And he will lead the WORLD to prosperity!!

    November 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Hogarth

    Bear in mind he isn't changing the law. He is simply asking the insurance companies to play nice. He has no power to force them to return the policies they cancelled. This is not going to work.

    November 14, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Hunter

    The president has deceived the American people multiple times. Why can't people see that he blatantly lied to us about people keeping their health insurance.

    November 14, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. liberal disease

    he wants illegal and terrible plans reinstated for one year? i guess they are not that bad after all

    November 14, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Fed up vetran

    Phew, what a relief it was only a fumble on such a minor piece of legislation. I feel better, don't you America?

    November 14, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Eagle08432

    There he goes again. Just change laws to suit the political winds. They had 3.5 years to get this right but then tells the insurance companies to turn on a dime and each state has to approve. This is just part of his usual blame game strategy. Now he can blame someone else if you can't get your coverage back. This is The Keystone Cops and Barnum and Bailey Circus all rolled into one. This administration is the worst in history.

    November 14, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Amber

    What about the following year, and the years after that? The "now" is important, but our future is too.

    Changing healthcare to help those who didn't have it should NOT change everything for those who did, plus to make it way more expensive. To get rid of preexisting conditions – awesome! To force everyone to have specific coverage, cancel their plans, and to make it unaffordable for the middle class – horrible! Please Mr. President, if your plan is so good then have yourself and your government employees adhere to the same policies you've rolled out for everyone else.

    November 14, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. m.

    So we don't even get an apology this time! Doesn't matter. I'm not interested in an apology from BHO. In fact, I'm not interested in anything he has to say. I just want him to go away ... and take all the fools who support him and who voted for him with him.

    November 14, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. alan

    Under what legal authority does a sitting president have the right to ignore a law and in this case, go directly against the law which means breaking the law????

    November 14, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Cindy

    I certainly would have more faith in Insurance companies to make their coding changes to handle old plans, then the ACA website to be fixed. Insurance companies most likely for the sick will not re-establish plans that are a loss to the companies. The President expects in 45 days the Insurance companies to handle changing code to handle old plans, what they just changed to meet the deadline of Jan 1. Disaster, everyone in the administration should be fired for incompetency.

    November 14, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. ronindavid

    And AGAIN, the Republican's plan that would allow me to see a doctor was...
    You all complain and whine, but I don't see anyone else with an idea that's good enough to have major backing from most Americans. Is this a mess, yep. It's the American Health Care system. Are any of you REALLY that shocked? At least Obama tried. I certainly didn't see anyone else get anything done.

    November 14, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. DogBitez

    Why is the media so unconcerned with reporting on the ACA policies themselves – the Bronze Plan is an absolute worthless lemon that we're being forced to purchase for way too much money (I'm talking folks who won't be getting tax breaks). It's an unaffordable 60/40 plan with a very, very high deductible. How does that help anyone in a lower middle class income bracket avoid bankruptcy? I thought we'd be offered good policies, not scam stuff. I'd NEVER have purchased such a lousy policy on my own.

    November 14, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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