On Thursday, President Barack Obama spoke about the ongoing Obamacare imbroglio, apologizing again for the disaster and outlining steps his Administration will take to allow consumers whose health insurance plans were dropped to keep their coverage. The President said companies will be allowed to continue selling the canceled plans to those who had lost them for a year. However, the insurance companies must agree to continue selling them, and state insurance regulators will have to sign off on them as well. He also conceded that the fiasco will hurt Democratic interests, saying, “There is no doubt our failure to roll out the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they’re running or not, because they stood up and supported this effort through thick and thin.”
Although the President has proposed a solution to the coverage cancellations, Democrats in both the House and Senate are continuing to offer legislation to fix the fiasco. This includes the House Democratic leadership. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi described their plan to supplement the President’s rather than stand in place of it. Some Senate Democrats are worried that the President’s solution is not permanent, which is why they are pressing forward with their bills.
It’s not entirely surprising that Democrats will try to pass legislation to fix the plans. There is good reason to believe that the Administration’s actions won’t be entirely effective—and some have questioned the legality of it all too.
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