Obama: Canceled Health Plans to Be Restored for 1 Year

In an attempt to make good on a promise, the president announced on Thursday that Americans can keep their existing health insurance coverage for one more year. 

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President Barack Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act at the White House on Nov. 14, 2013.

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In an attempt to make good on his frequently repeated health care promise that Americans could keep their existing health care plan if they wanted to, President Obama announced on Thursday that he would allow changes to his health care law. The changes would allow insurance companies the option to continue offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.

The announcement comes a few days after former President Bill Clinton said in an exclusive interview with OZY Media that the president should honor his promise made to those citizens who had received notices saying that their insurance had been canceled.

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

Obama admitted that he and his administration had dropped the ball on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. "We fumbled the rollout of this health care law," he said. He pledged to "just keep on chipping away at this until the job is done."

The president has been under intense scrutiny not only from Americans who have been unable to register for health care but also from Republicans who opposed the law from its inception.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), speaking in advance of the president's announcement, insisted that it was time to "scrap this law once and for all." "You can't fix this government-run health care plan called Obamacare," he said. "It's just not fixable."

Obama still believes in his plan and will continue his fight despite ongoing attacks to sink the whole program. "I will not accept proposals that are just a brazen attempt to undermine or repeal" the entire law, he said.

"We're going to solve the problems that are there, we're going to get it right and the Affordable Care Act is going to work for the American people," the president pledged.

Read more at OZY Media.

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