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. Debby

    He can't just do that. Can he? This is truly ridiculous. Unlike gov't – these companies have to plan, research, analyze, and be organized. Obama saying "forget about it" doesn't cut it. Geesh – once in awhile I try to defend this guy – but liberals, truly – isn't this too much?????????????

    November 14, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Jimmy

    Fumbled? Really? Fumbled?

    November 14, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. ronindavid

    At least he's trying. I don't see anyone else in Washington doing that.

    November 14, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. smitvict

    The ACA is established law. It cannot be changed. Just ask the democrats during the debt ceiling discussions. No Negotations!!!

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

    This President has over stepped his authority the last time. I will be contacting my Senator and Congressman to file Articles of Impeachment. This man this he is a dictator! Wake up America this is not the Governments country this is our country the citizens of the United States. We are a Republic that is not ruled by men but by the rule of law!

    November 14, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. G. T. Simpson

    Just the "last gasp" of a failed Presidency. Obama's presser was just more of the same – lies, half-truths, distortions and deceit! Obama is totally clueless, oblivious to the reality around him and his handlers are as clueless as he is!
    He still believes government has the answers – when reality should tell him just the opposite – the less government, the better! Obama believes the opposite! His dream of fundamentally changing America into a 3rd. world Socialist country is still his main goal – he must be stopped!

    November 14, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Ryan L

    The government is stupid, all they had to do is get with one of the huge video game companies and have them manage the servers.

    they have the experiance to manage high volume servers.

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

    Come on people, this is NOT a fix. This is a "let's delay the pain until after the mid term election." scheme. A FIX is if you get to keep your insurance and your doctor for as long as you want.

    I do wonder who is going to reimburse the insurance companies for the tens of millions they spent to comply with Obamacare only to have the rug pulled out from under them.

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

    This administration doesn't know what its doing. They a lack basic understanding of macro/micro economics and do not understand capitalism (businesses and individuals are out to make money and further their own best interests – what's wrong with that?). Comparing this socialist program to seat belts and other regulatory controls is a deflection. I am so glad that congress realizes they have the wrath of 17 million VOTING people coming at them in the next election. This retraction will only further confuse and disrupt a $1.5 trillion industry being turned on its head. Repeal Obamacare now and start over.

    November 14, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Fred S

    This is a total mess. The insurance industry set premiums based on the premise that the cancelled people would migrate to the individual market plans available in the exchange. The insurance trade group just released a statement that the Prez's fix would be very disruptive and premiums may have to go up as a result.

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

    Why does/should party affiliation preclude anyone from having an opinion about whether Obama played politics here or may have fudged the truth to get what he wanted? Bottom line is neither party has handled the ACA well. Treated like a business, both parties and their leaders would be fired.

    November 14, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. matt b

    Huge embarrassment to one of the best presidents ever. If they ever get the website fixed there will be more and more testimonials from people who's lives were saved by obamacare. That'll be a tough thing for the fox news crowd to refute in the midterms. Obama will still be on Mount Rushmore in the end. I know...the grapes are still sour for the republican'ts

    November 14, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. mortimer snerdley

    The two happiest people in the United States are Jimmy Carter and George Bush Jr. President Obama will take over their spots in history as the worst President. I am sure they will be sending thank you cards soon.

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

    Double talk and outright lies, the legacy of this president. No extensions needed, just negate that part of the law, so people can keep their policies, JUST LIKE YOU PROMISED. Otherwise, let it go, so the voters will be ticked off enough to get rid of the Dem majority in the Senate next year, and make you a lame duck president 2 years early!

    November 14, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. GOD bless America

    It is sad to see this man decide what he can or cannot do for our country. He needs to learn the rules of good leadership. He needs to learn not to give speeches with so much anger, finger pointing and hate (he needs to see some of John Kennedy's speeches). HE needs to learn that the people of American are tired of being taxed and being scolded. Apparently, we do not know how to run our own lives. Most people are tired of this, AND, do not want the government to run the insurance or medical business. This OBAMACARE is nothing more than a new entitlement program. We do not know how many are paying customers of the 27,000 who signed up. I bet not very many. This OBAMACARE belongs to the Democrats...they passed it w/o reading what was in it. Poor excuse. Why should this be funded on the backs of Americans who do follow the law, who pay taxes, and who are fed up with all these regulations. Everything the government touches, they destroy. Just look at social security and medicare. Not to mention the IRS. Oh, let's not forget the NSA. It is my belief, and only my belief, that OBAMACARE should be repealed. They should have taken only those people who did not have insurance (who are they anyway?), and phased them in gradually. It is sad to see this day come when America looks like the laughing stock of the world because of the president. And, it is very sad that his arrogance has allowed himself to be mocked and laughed at. I do pray for our country. I have never seen so much anger. It will come to a head if this is not stopped. GOD bless AMERICA!!!

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

    This keeps getting better..... He wasn't informed about Benghazi, He wasn't informed about the IRS scandal, he wasn't informed about fast and furious (no, not the movie), and now he claims he wasn't informed about the exchange website not working. If any of this happened in a private / public company the guy would be fired! Grow-up and take some accountability for your actions! Obama, you are a terrible leader!

    November 14, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Galt928

    How can our government, let alone a President, force an insurance company to re-introduce discontinued products? I'm no fan of insurance companies but the cost to them to undo what they legally had to do would be crazy.

    November 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. can't believe it

    Too late!

    November 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Pilo

    It will be interesting a year from now to hear from the subset of folks that got their old insurance back, got ill or injured, and were refused coverage...

    November 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Dave Hawkins

    4 fumbles in one game? Bench that player!

    November 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Steve

    Ben Franklin: "Those who are good at making excuses are seldom good at anything else"
    Obama: "IF" ; GWB ; Read it in the paper like you ;didn't know;a spontaneous demonstration (with RPG's);not on my watch;
    It's fair to say;Blame ...Blame ....Reid no budget to floor ever

    November 14, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Dan

    I have now heard it all, this is the REPUBLICANS fault? Look I am an Independent Voter who voted for Clinton and Bush, when an ex-president in your own Party stops just short of calling you an outright liar, it ain't the other Party's fault. Sure the GOP House wanted to repeal, but not once did a Democrat offer an amendment to change the law. If anything the fact that the Republicans tried to repeal it shows that they had ALL Americans best interest that this law not be enacted.

    November 14, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |

    must be the fault of the GOP (sarcasm for those not too bright)

    November 14, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. dac

    Using the fottball analogy. He seems to be making up plays as the game goes along. If he's the coach I would say he should worry about keeping his job. But then I guess that's where he's got us all huh? Three more guaranteed years.

    November 14, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Leftcoastrocky

    "... insurance companies must also notify policyholders that alternatives exist under Obama's health care program, and have to describe the areas in which their own plans fall short of coverage requirements in the law."

    If this is correct, I agree

    November 14, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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