November 15th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

Obama Offers Fix For Canceled Plans

Americans may be able to keep their individual insurance plans for one more year, under a fix offered by President Obama on Thursday to address a controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The deal is meant to mollify millions of people enraged after their insurers canceled policies that do not meet Obamacare requirements, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

But how many it will ultimately help remains to be seen.

Political commentators Will Cain and Marc Lamont Hill weigh in on what's next for President Obama. Cain says there's a question about the legality of the fix in the first place. Hill says part of this fix is entirely possible

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The uproar over the cancellations has ensnared the White House for weeks, shining a spotlight on Obama's previous promise that people who liked their insurance plans can keep them.

"This fix won't solve every problem for every person. But it's going to help a lot of people," the president said at the White House.

But the fix, as reported earlier by CNN's Dana Bash, puts the onus of the renewals outside the president's control: The administration is not requiring insurers or state insurance commissioners to extend the existing plans, but instead is letting them offer an additional year of coverage.

Also, insurers must notify policyholders of the difference in benefits between their policies and the Obamacare plans available on the insurance exchanges. And the companies must inform people that additional policies are available on the exchanges and that subsidies may be available to those who qualify.

 

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  1. maire

    No,Obama can not recover from self exposure as a liar, Obamacare/ACA rushed, lousy legislation that should be repealed before the a trillion or two of taxpayer money is squandered during its inevitable self destruction. Last night Piers had the decency to challenge Harvey Weinstein's ridiculous,fatuous and insulting comparison of lying Obama to Mandela.

    November 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply

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