In Pivot, Obama Allows Americans to Keep Canceled Policies for 1 Year

Thursday, November 14, 2013

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Temple Emanu-El November 6, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Obama spoke about the Affordable Care Act amid technical problems. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty)

After promises from President Barack Obama that Americans would be able to keep their health insurances plan if they like them, the president has come out to apologize for healthcare plan cancellations.

As the White House has gone on to explain, a majority of the plans that are being cancelled do not meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

But the Obama Administration pivoted on Thursday, saying that states and insurers can extend current policies canceled under the new healthcare law for one year, a move that allows insurers to offer consumers plans that would otherwise be cancelled.

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, is with us to explain the changes coming from the administration. 

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

CAROLINE from NJ USA

If there was more cooperation and less rancor, and talk of failure on the Affordable Care Act/Obama Care "WE" might work the bugs out. Of course everyone of the critics certainly have to their credit put a plan of this magnitude into action and it has jelled immediately ! Wow! I'm soooooo impressed!

Interesting, how Republicans forgot this was a Republican dream going back to Nixon, but was not able to pull it off.

Has there been a glitchless program rolled out by Microsoft's, Bill Gates, or did every investment made by the "Wizard of Omaha", "Oracle of Omaha", Warren Buffett work out flawlessly? No. When we look, realistically, at life it is full up with mistakes that we make, learn from, and go on to improve upon. I guess I just wish the naysayers would grow up. Work at it!!!

Nov. 18 2013 11:48 AM
Jeffrey Slater from Oxford NJ

I thought it was already part of the law that you could renew your current policy through December 2014. The insurance companies don't tell you that in the cancellation letter. That's what I thought was said on Brian's show yesterday with Julie Rovner.

Nov. 14 2013 03:07 PM
Jeffrey Slater from Oxford NJ

I thought it was already part of the law that you could renew your current policy through December 2014. The insurance companies don't tell you that in the cancellation letter. That's what I thought was said on Brian's show yesterday with Julie Rovner.

Nov. 14 2013 03:06 PM
listener

What spin. Republicans and conservatives should be apologetic for being right about Obamacare?

Who is to say what is substandard and lousy? Maybe it is fine and affordable for them.
Why is it citizens are smart enough to pick a President but not smart enough to pick an insurance plan?

Notice how everything with this President is me, my and we. Suddenly now it is "we"
when discussing this failure.

Nov. 14 2013 09:25 AM

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