Obama to Let Insurers Keep Selling 'Canceled' Plans for One More Year

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks from the stage at a political fund-raiser in Austin, Texas.
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By DAVID ESPO

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic official says President Barack Obama has decided to allow the sale of canceled individual health insurance policies to existing customers, part of a plan to satisfy public discontent with "Obamacare."

Obama is scheduled to make a late morning White House announcement.

The official said the administration's one-year plan is to let insurers continue to offer plans that had been canceled because they did not meet coverage standards under the health care law.

The official says 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.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person lacked authority to speak publicly ahead of a formal announcement.

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RouteUS66Busload

Till he's out of office.

November 15 2013 at 3:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
t.lapoma

What does it matter if Obama allows one more year: Sooner or later you will loose your insurance that he promised you could keep:

November 15 2013 at 10:07 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
nos2001

a law gets passed by the senate , congress and the president... how can he decide which parts will be enforced and which ones not. this is the same on immigration which he has done the same. what gives him the right to maked changes and exceptions to a law. is this still anerica and not a kingdom with a king? pathetic........

November 15 2013 at 7:47 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Robert & Lisa

Our standard of living is falling like a rock. Why you ask? You re-elected a fool.

November 15 2013 at 6:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Robert & Lisa

What a loser President. Most of our people are so dumb to have re-elected this corrupt loser President.

November 15 2013 at 6:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pllove49

Is everyone having fun yet...working for horrible pay and...paying for horrible insurance...

November 15 2013 at 6:06 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jrb359

How many times is he allowed to make changes in a law without Congressional approval? We still have the Constitution, don't we?

November 15 2013 at 5:56 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Robert & Lisa

No, apparently not.

November 15 2013 at 6:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nos2001

i agree........its only a year extension and the blame will now be on the insirance companies. pass the buck mr. president.all thos policys that are now more might be reissed.....it has to be ok'd by each state insurance commiish and then by the insurance companies. then letters go out to all those that lost and get reinstated= all in about a 30 day timefrime. all this is going to cost millions to each insurance cpmpany which will have to raose rates to pay for this bungle. this has been a disater since day one. the attitude that our leader is smarter and wiser than us sucks.

November 15 2013 at 7:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jdykbpl45

No insurance company will go along unless the actual law is changed. Obama and
Holder have both screwed banks that did what they asked during the bail out.
Obama and Holder are both poster boys for equal opportunty and affirmative action.

November 15 2013 at 8:46 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down
collegegoddess1

But But... a month ago Obama said that nothing in the ACA could be delayed or changed because it's the law of the land. How can he change it and delay a part now for a year? Oh.. I get it.. when Republicans wanted to delay a part for a year it couldn't be done, but now that something in it is making Obama look bad it can of course be delayed a year. Long live King Obama.

November 15 2013 at 4:26 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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bandy4321

He is delaying to save the Dem's rear ends who are up for re-election in 2014. When the year is up....guess what is going to happen SOS.

November 15 2013 at 4:48 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Del

I was looking to see if any one understood what was going on found yours, you are so right. Guess what the Kool-Aid drinkers will not change a thing.

November 15 2013 at 8:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
jacobsgold

And who is going to pay them for all the expenses of cancelling and then uncancelling the policies because of this idiot?

November 15 2013 at 2:17 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
willypfistergash

Isn't thiis the same reform that the dems.were against in 1993?

November 15 2013 at 1:53 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply