The debate over whether or not President Obama promised no one would lose their health insurance coverage under Obamacare seemed to reach resolution yesterday when President Obama apologized for misleading the American public. Obama reiterated his commitment to fix problems caused by the implementation of Obamacare.
President Obama said Thursday that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked.
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House.
Was that so hard? Did we really need to go through a week and a half of rabid Obama supporters trying to redefine the English language to prove Obama didn’t lie?
In any case, the bumpy start to Obamacare, particularly problems with the website, seems to be the chief obstacle to those who had their plans canceled having the ability to get the new and supposedly better Obamacare plans.
On Thursday, Obama said many of the people being canceled could get better cheaper plans in the marketplaces, but he acknowledged glitches are preventing that.
“The majority of folks will end up being better off,” he said. “Of course, because the website not working right they may not know it.”
The phrase “the majority” is somewhat troubling but it is hard to judge Obamacare substantively until the website is working and we are genuinely able to evaluate whether people are getting a better deal.
But since we are talking about fixes to Obamacare, how about reintroducing the Public Option?