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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some of the nearly 475,000 North Carolina residents whose health insurance policies were canceled by their companies for not meeting new federal coverage standards may get to keep the policies.

White House officials said Thursday a letter going to state insurance commissioners will specify that current plans will not be considered out of compliance with the federal health insurance law next year. It will be up to state regulators and insurance companies to exercise the option.

North Carolina’s Insurance Department says 21 companies terminated 184,000 policies by late October.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina issued nearly 152,000 cancellations, followed by 20,000 by Coventry Health and nearly 4,500 by Aetna. Aetna bought Coventry. Blue Cross and Aetna spokesmen did not return messages seeking comment.

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  • max potter

    He has swooped in to save the day forgetting in the process that this legislation was shoved through the Congress. This a LAW. Unless he is the Dictator and chief he does not have the authority to change it. It must go back to the House and Senate.

  • taxpayer

    you know Prezbo likes to rule by Executive Order. However…you’re correct. But then again, Prezbo has not let the Constitution get in the way of him getting his way.

  • middle class

    That is exactly right! The President is the Executive Branch and is responsible for seeing that the law is followed and is constitutional. He does not have the authority to change the law. The is Congress’ job. But these days, no one seems to care if we follow the Constitution so who cares.

  • taxpayer

    at what premium will the “old” policies be when renewed as of January 1, 2014? It will be interesting to watch this fiasco play out.

  • Average Joe

    He didn’t think about the consumer having to pay more for the same coverage for 2014. But after all it’s only “just money” and it’s somebody else’s money

  • 1234543

    how nice of the dictator in charge, but mine and several other peoples companies have closed their doors this month, so what are they going to do, reorganize and reopen for a year and then have that door slammed again, POTUS, this is one smoke and mirrors that most of us see thru!

  • Carol Kramer

    Now come unilateral administrative delays on the order of the President. Keep in mind what these delays really are—they are not new laws, or amendments to the law…they are orders from the President to his subordinates to simply not enforce laws that are on the books. The Employer Mandate, for example, was “delayed” by an order that simply instructs Executive agencies not to enforce the reporting requirement. A company that fails to comply with that Mandate is still violating the law—it’s just that the President has chosen to look the other way for now.

    The Constitution of the United States says that the President “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” That provision was written because the Founding Fathers had experienced the arbitrariness of a government in which the British monarchy picked and chose which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore. The result of such political control over the law was, they knew, a breakdown in the rule of law—and a breakdown that allowed the powerful and politically well-connected to manipulate the system at will. As James Madison warned in the Federalist,

    “mutable” laws poison[] the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?

    Unfortunately, today’s administrative state gives so much power to unelected bureaucrats—who are protected against any meaningful control by voters—that they can alter, manipulate, and change the law almost at will. The result is a breakdown in the rule of law and an arbitrary system in which the government operates, not according to predictable standards and meaningful rules, but according to political whim and in arbitrary, day-to-day, ad hoc manner.


  • Guest123123

    Im sick and tired of all this. I am presently not covered and not looking for any government help. I pay for all medical care with the same provider I had had for 10 years out of my own pocket. My provider gives me a 35% discount for being a self pay client. This is my choice and no one or any government entity should tell me what I have to do. If I have a major expense I can set up a payment plan like I have in the past due to my excellent credit rating. I understand this is not for everyone but works for me.


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