Obama Offers Affordable Health Care Act “Fix,” But Is It Enough?
President Obama has offered an administrative “fix” to a provision in ObamaCare that forces millions of Americans to lose existing health coverage by directing insurance companies to allow affected policy holders to renew their old coverage. States and insurers can now extend the current policies that have been canceled under health law for up to a year;
White House officials also said they will be sending a letter out to state insurance commissioners that specifies current plans which were sold to existing customers will not be out of compliance with the health care law next year. In his announcement today, Obama said he “completely gets how upsetting this could be for many Americans” and declared the new provision “won’t solve every problem for every person, but it will solve a lot of them.”
However, it may not be enough for Democrats in the White House. House Democrats had become fed up with the rollout difficulties of Obamacare and delivered an ultimatum to his administration yesterday that the problems be fixed by the end of the week. The ultimatum demanded that Obama find an affordable solution for the millions of Americans losing their health plans under ObamaCare or risk some Democrats backing a republican solution.
House Speaker John Boehner said that both chambers could soon pass bills addressing the cancellations, stating that “this is not about politics. These are about real people in our districts that are being harmed by ObamaCare.” Even former President Bill Clinton stepped into the fray and said that Obama needed to “honor the commitment” to let people keep their current health plans.