Obama Clarified ‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It’ Pledge
CBS’s Major Garrett confronted President Obama with questions concerning the rollout of healthcare.gov and the broken promises during the Obamacare fix press conference at the White House.
One of the questions that Garrett asked was whether or not Obama knew that the website was failing basic tests two weeks before the October 1st launch.
Obama responded, “On the website, I was not informed directly that the website would not be working as the way it was suppose to. Had I been informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great.” He continued, “I’m accused of a lot of things but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity a week before the website opens if I thought that it wasn’t going to work. So clearly, we and I did not have enough awareness about the problems in the website.” Obama added, “Even a week into it, the thinking was that these were glitches that would be fixed with patches.”
The other question that Garrett asked regards the pledge that Obama made that one can keep their plan if they like it. “You said while the law was being debated, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep it.’ You said after the law was implemented or signed, ‘If you liked your plan, you can keep it.’ Americans believed you sir, when you said that to them over and over. Do you not believe, sir, the American people deserve a deeper or transparent accountability from you as to why you said that over and over when your own statistics published in the federal register, alerted your policy staff. I presume you, the fact that millions of Americans would in fact, probably fall into the very gap you’re trying to administratively fix right now?”
“With respect to the pledge that I made that if you like your plan, you can keep it, I think in an offsetting interview that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally, ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law, but it was insufficient,” Obama responded.
He continued, “My working assumption was that the major of those folks would find better policies at lower cost or the same cost in the market places. The universe of folks who potentially would not find a better deal in the market places, the grandfather clause would work sufficiently for them, and it didn’t. That’s on me, and that’s why I’m trying to fix it. Those who got cancellation notices do deserve and have received an apology from me.”
Obama added that it is important to know that a lot of people think they have good insurance until they get sick. “Part of what our goal has been is to make sure that individual market is stable and fair, and has a kind of consumer protections that make sure the people don’t get a rude surprise when they really need health insurance,” said Obama.