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DAVID ESPO
AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hears Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance “loud and clear” and is offering a fix.

Obama on Thursday announced that insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be cancelled.

The president noted that the first-month enrollment numbers in health care plans under his law are lagging and he isn’t happy about it. He said that “we fumbled the roll-out” of the program. And he vowed to build a better health care system for every American and “get it right.”

The administrative changes are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they could be extended if problems with the law persist.

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  • Rick Wilson

    Can the President pick and choose what laws the people/companies of this country obey without new legislation? I did not know that the veto powers of the President extended to laws already on the books. Oh, excuse me, this is not a veto, it is a temporary suspension. I doubt this is legal, but even if it is, it appears to only apply past the next election…….then everyone is supposed to start obeying the law again. If this law that the President shoved down the throats of the American people needs to be put on hold for over a year, then it needs to be done away with forever. I am amazed that a sitting President did not even bother to read and understand the legislation that will define his Presidency. I “hope” he “changes” his mind about any other landmark legislation he has planned if he doesn’t plan on reading the finished product or even have a basic understanding of what the legislation will/will not accomplish.

  • Guest: tax payer

    How is it that no one is asking how can the President change a law? He has no legal authority to write laws or change them. This is the job of Congress. They wrote the law and passed it (Dem’s in Congress). Remember Nancy Pelosi saying we have to pass the law so we can find out what’s in it? Are we living in America anymore? This President has signed more executive orders to change what he doesn’t like and to bypass Congress. People aren’t even questioning his legal authority to do so, are we so ignorant that we just don’t know to question what is going on? Where is the news media on this subject?

  • Thinker

    You are assuming that you have been told the truth by the Obama crowd which has already admitted to lies to you. Many of those policies had to add things like birth control and maternity benefits which at 65 My wife and I don’t need. My policy has doubled and my deductible have triple only to get things that are mandated that I don’t need or want. If it is so good why doesn’t congress and the President include themselves in it.

  • Robert Green

    Obama is trying to throw a lifeline to his fellow Democrats in order to get them through the next election cycle. There is no damn fix in the making. Obama plays the part of a socialist dictator very well. He can not cherry pick parts of the law to be implemented and offer remedies because he is not a lawmaker! This is the job of Congress! Just because of political convenience can he make such declarations willfully ignoring the Constitution. This man is treading awfully close to impeachment proceedings given the fact he has perpetrated the biggest fraud in American history and ignores our Constitutional Republic by making imperial declarations that bypass Congress. This man is a threat to the economic security of America. This country will run eye popping deficits to breathe life into Obamacare annually. How much more evidence do low information voters and citizens need to see Obama malevolent behavior?! Obama can only hope for repeal because he may join the company of Richard Nixon if this fraud continues. Even the state-run media will not be able to ride the Pinnochio Train much longer.

  • deb

    News story comments: free entertainment. Never fails to deliver.

  • Riiight

    I checked obama and the gov were not who were in charge of the insurance companies. So he is telling them what policies we can have!?!? Great well than tell mymortgage co that i want my house paid off, 2 new cars in the driveway, and a bag of cash on the doorstep.
    Remember it was “the law” to get health care. Now after you mr pres got caught lieing, you think you can just DICTATE what the so called remedy is and it will be all right?!? You work for me, and the rest of the USA, you need to be fired. Although since you have never held a management position you have no clue of what that means. God help us.

  • taxpayer

    he’s ordering the insurance companies to continue their “old” policies, it’s up to each state’s Insurance Commissioner to say yes…or no. Washington State’s IC has already said no.

    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/healthcarecheckup/2013/11/14/state-insurance-commissioner-rejects-obamas-proposal-to-extend-canceled-policies/

    Sadly, Prezbo knew this was going to happen yet continued to defend it until the end…which is near…for Obamacare.

  • george

    I can’t believe the greatest nation on earth,the United States of America,the nation that saved the world from fascism in the 40’s and demanded the end to communist occupation of europe in the 80″,has been deceived to the point of electing a marxist to the White House,our White House,my White House!These are sad times in our nations history.Our grand children are going to look bck and wonder if we were all crazy.Those of you who voted him in are responsible for this mess.This fiasco was never about “health care”(this liar hs no iterest in your health care)it is only about control of the citizens of this country.If you voted him in you should be ashamed of your selves.His policies will effect you to.

  • Iworkformymoney

    I refuse to comply. I refuse to comply. I refuse to comply…..

  • guest22

    The greatest threat to the future of this Country is the enemy within.

    Barack Obama

  • guest16578

    Over the last few weeks I’ve had several people come up to me and apologize for voting for Obama. They regret their vote, and they will unfortunately have to live with this shame for the rest of their life. I told them not to worry about it, instead just try to learn and grow from their mistakes. I encourage them to be a more critical and open minded thinker in the future, to cast their vote for people who are accomplished, experienced, and competent. My dad regrets voting for Jimmy Carter, we tease him about it all the time, but fortunately we can laugh about it now because Reagan came along and saved us. Hopefully, our country can crawl out of the mess that Obama has left us, but it’s going to be tough, and we need voters who are able to think rationally, critically, and from an educated/informed perspective. It’s very sad that our great country is being hurt by the Obama administration, but who knows, this could be a turning point. We are seeing the effects of central planning, liberalism, and socialism, and they are not very pleasant. Maybe this simple lesson will serve our country well in the long term. Of course this all could have been averted if our educational system would have taught our students to think critically and to be informed about history and basic economics.

  • whatleader

    He passes a Law mandating rules for insurance coverage. Now if the insurance company does follow them they would be in trouble. Now that it hurts him he want the insurance companies to not follow his laws.

    Also, this will take them pass the mid-term elections and they will be dropped again like a hot potatoes. He only did this because he knows the Dems are in trouble.

  • guest45

    all smoke and mirrors designed to get his buddies thru the mid term elections, he doesn’t give a rat about anybody having health insurance, he has already destroyed that, so how does he reserect insurance companies that have just folded up, are they going to reopen for 1 year to have him slam the door again, no sir, people are going to reap what they have sowed, and this time everybody is going to get a belly full

  • guest7969

    True in my case…set the koolaid down and please don’t vote

  • Mr.T

    It is being reported that the vast majority of those people that have received cancellation notice, had limited coverage policies that would not meet the minimum standards set up by the ACA and not cover pre-existing condition. These policies would be easy to cancel by the provider and had very low max. coverage and very high deductibles. If this is true then most rational people would see the value of spending a little more for real health care. However I support letting people evaluate the old policy offers verses the new better offers. The real stupid people will just keep their old inferior policy. I think the government should tell these people that if you keep the inferior policy and you have a claim, don’t ask for help when you reach your max coverage or can’t meet the deductible.

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