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Obama Apologizes To Americans Who Lost Their Health Care Plans

Submitted by on November 8, 2013 – 5:26 pmNo Comment
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President Barack Obama has apologized to Americans who have lost their current health care insurance plans, despite his repeated statements that this would not happen. Though lost plans will generally replaced by better ones, and though this affected a very small percent of the country, the misunderstanding was another stumble in the problematic roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

In an interview with NBC News, the president said, “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,”and assured that his administration is working to prevent the cancellations from continuing.

Obama also took responsibility for the wider problems that plagued the introduction of Healthcare.gov, saying it was his fault, and his “job to get it fixed.”

In public appearances and on the campaign trail, the president had repeatedly used the phrase, “You like your plan, you keep it.”

As DrJay’s reported previously, the only Americans who would potentially receive cancellation notices due to Obamacare were individual policy owners (those with insurance not provided through employers), who comprise just six percent of the population. Obamacare now requires that health insurance plans cover all annual expenses over $6,000, so plans with lower payout limits than that will now be eliminated.

One MIT expert (and proponent of both Romneycare and Obamacare) estimated that half of those with individual plans would see no change or would have to get a new plan that is essentially the same. The remaining three percent of the population would indeed be forced to get a new plan with higher premiums, but much better coverage and possibly lower expenses in the long run.

According to CBS News, “at least 3.5 million Americans” received cancellation notices, or closer to 1% of the population.

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