In reversal, Obama to allow canceled health plans
Updated: Friday, November 15 2013, 12:15 AM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, changes are coming to the Federal Health Exchange. The President now says those dealing with canceled insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Law have more time to find an alternative. As FOX's Michelle Macaluso shows us, some are questioning the President's motive. President Obama is trying to fix a broken promise. This reverses the promise he made to millions indicating they could keep their health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, they received cancellations. This newest offer indicates they can hold on to their policies, at least for now. The latest offer paves the way for a one year extension on canceled policies.
The President announced it prior to heading to Ohio and Pennsylvania to discuss the economy, hoping it also serves to rebuild any trust he may have lost. Problems with the health care website and the canceled plans touched off a political storm over the last 6 weeks. Now Republicans are skeptical of whether the President can force insurance companies to comply. Senate Democrat Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced a bill that would reinstate health plans permanently.
One expert says it will be difficult for insurance companies to renew canceled policies. The debate over how to deal with problems in the new Health Care Law continues.
The House is expected to vote on a GOP bill Friday.
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