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Obama Announces Change in 'Obamacare' Rules and Admits Roll-Out Has Been 'Rough': VIDEO


In a press conference today with reporters, President Obama said that insurers could continue offering individual insurance plans for another year even if they don't comply with the Affordable Care Act's rules for minimum benefits, conceding that the roll-out of 'Obamacare' had "been rough so far."

The Washington Post reports:

The decision runs counter to a central aim of the law, which was to ensure that all people in the United States with private health plans are guaranteed at least certain benefits.

Obama said the administration will insist that insurance companies continuing to sell individual health policies that do not comply with those standards inform consumers about “what protections these renewed plans don’t include” and alert their customers to potentially better and more affordable insurance available through the new federal and state marketplaces.

The White House’s strategy differs from a bill on which the House is to vote on Friday, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), which would let new customers buy such minimal policies, rather than allowing only existing policy-holders to keep them for an additional year.

Watch Obama's full press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh for the days when the US government was there to protect against foreign invasion. As a physician I have to laugh when this asshat thinks he can decree to an insurance company that they will or will not cover TriSprintec. Well they're sure giving you a big F-U with your ratings now at Katrina/Bush levels and over 50 percent polled thinking you a blatant liar.
    Get out of the insurance industry you idiot.

    Don't you love the Republicans today sending a letter "Don't even TRY to quietly exempt the AFL CIO from this crap."

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 14, 2013 4:27:49 PM

  2. Sure wish we had instead gone for opening Medicare for all. Single payer is the only way to go, but sadly, probably not for some time.

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 14, 2013 5:06:20 PM

  3. Err, while this is an interesting stop-gap...where does he have the legal authority to make this change? The changes required by the ACA have already been approved at the State-level, is Pres. Obama proposing forced-Federalizing of the role of the States to regulate insurance?

    Executive Orders and Presidential-fiat has it's called the US Constitution and the rule of law.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Nov 14, 2013 5:11:11 PM

  4. Mike, I'm so glad you're not my physician. There ought to be government health insurance as an option, or like in Canada and the UK, as the norm for everyone.

    "protect against foreign invasion"

    Really? From who?

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 14, 2013 5:12:12 PM

  5. What an absolute nightmare this has been. Probably the most controversial thing he has undertaken, and it literally couldn't have turned out worse.

    Posted by: Dave | Nov 14, 2013 5:13:15 PM

  6. Well, Mike, that all hangs together and makes good sense.

    Posted by: JamesInCA | Nov 14, 2013 5:15:07 PM

  7. I've been communicating with Medicare for months trying to sort out something for my dad, and the level of sheer incompetence is astounding. I've never been so frustrated in my life. While I believe all people should have some access to healthcare, my interactions with the government make me VERY, very worried. It's been such a bureaucratic nightmare dealing with this people, that I am ALWAYS left wondering how these morons have a job? And nothing has comforted me that Obamacare will be any better. I seriously worried for the future.

    Posted by: NYCer | Nov 14, 2013 5:17:07 PM

  8. I think it's time to admit that Obama has failed on this. It's going to cost the Democrats the next election.

    Posted by: jimbryant | Nov 14, 2013 5:38:01 PM

  9. much ado about nothing.

    Posted by: Truthiness | Nov 14, 2013 5:48:31 PM

  10. Jim Bryant: Hopefully by the time of the next election all of the catastrophic failures of the Obamacare rollout will be smoothed out and the focus will have moved towards all of the good healthcare reform is doing for people rather than its terrible first few months.

    Posted by: JMC | Nov 14, 2013 5:50:52 PM

  11. The Affordable Care Act will undermine Democrats running for reelection in the 2014 mid-terms.

    My fear is, the anger Americans have at this president will translate to the 2016 presidential election and help elect NJ Gov. Krispie Kreme.

    For a man as smart as Barack Obama, he sure has managed to screw up what should've been a positive thing for America's 42 million uninsured.

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 14, 2013 5:56:05 PM

  12. This was not a bill that anyone really wanted, it was just the bill that anyone could pass. What is wrong with free clinics (to avoid the whole issue of standard care through emergency rooms) and subsidized insurance? When states mandate you buy car insurance, it's generally assumed that poor people will buy cheap cars and get cheap insurance, and there are no subsides. It's not directly comparable to medicine, where "cheap" doesn't have the same ring to it.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 14, 2013 6:10:38 PM

  13. A physician who spends all his time on a gay site trolling probably doesn't have too many patients and has nothing better to do.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 14, 2013 8:34:41 PM

  14. Obamacare was there before Obama's reelection. It didn't hurt him one bit. A small fraction of people got their insurance cancelled was over-exaggerated mostly by the tea party nuts. Most people are unaffected. I am one of them.
    That it will play a role in coming elections is just wishful thinking.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 14, 2013 8:45:12 PM

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