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Live: Obama offers fix for canceled health plans

  • Still waiting for Obama to make his statement. He'll be doing so in the White House press briefing room.
  • comment by @SpeakerBoehner that people don't trust the wh anymore is exactly why house dems will still push an vote on be plan tomorrow
  • We're still waiting for Obama to announce his plan, but insurance companies might already be on board. Sources close to the insurance industry tell CNN's Gloria Borger that it looks like the companies will cooperate on Obama's proposal.
  • More reaction from the insurance industry: One industry source is more skeptical, telling CNN"s Jim Acosta: "No idea how they can do that.  All depends on what states allow.” 

    The source called the proposal a “total mess”  and suggested plans could use this as a reason to pull out of the market.


    "The only thing this accomplishes is it gives the White House a talking point to try and blame insurers for these notices, even though the only reason these notices went out was because the law required these changes,” the source said.
  • Obama is speaking now. He will talk about health care, but first he's going to say a few words about last week's deadly typhoon in the Philippines, saying it is a "reminder of how fragile how life is." He's talking about, among other things, U.S. efforts to help the storm-hit nation.
  • Obama is now talking health care, acknowledging the Obamacare rollout has been "rough so far."

    “Everybody understands that I’m not happy” that the rollout of the health care reforms has been plagued with problems, he said.
  • The president said he would have liked more people to sign up, but the website was making that difficult and “that’s on us.”

    There’s no question that there’s demand for quality, affordable health insurance, he added.
  • A health insurance industry trade group is predicting that Obama's proposal "could ... result in higher premiums for consumers." Here is the full statement from Karen Ignagni, the president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans:

    "Making sure consumers have secure, affordable coverage is health plans' top priority.
      The only reason consumers are getting notices about their current coverage changing is because the (Affordable Care Act) requires all policies to cover a broad range of benefits that go beyond what many people choose to purchase today.

    "
    Changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers.
    Premiums have already been set for next year based on an assumption of when consumers will be transitioning to the new marketplace. If now fewer younger and healthier people choose to purchase coverage in the exchange, premiums will increase and there will be fewer choices for consumers. Additional steps must be taken to stabilize the marketplace and mitigate the adverse impact on consumers."


  • As promised, here is the score on President Obama’s use of football terminology to describe the rollout of the insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. 
    Touchdowns: 0
    Fumbles:  4
    And here’s the play-by-play, in quotes: 
    I mean, we fumbled the rollout on this health care law.

    And, you know, I am very frustrated, but I'm also somebody who, if I fumbled the ball, you know, I'm going to wait until I get the next play and then I'm going to try to run as hard as I can and do right by the team.

    We did fumble the ball on it.  And what I'm going to do is make sure that we get it fixed.

    So, again, you know, these are two fumbles on something that -- on a big game, which – but the game's not over.



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