In a press conference yesterday President Obama acknowledged the substantial problems with the healthcare.gov website and the loss of people’s insurance plans as “on me.” The admission comes shortly after a full apology for promising the American people they could keep their health insurance plans when Obama knew that would not be the case.
“I think it’s legitimate for them to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general,” Obama said during a lengthy press conference characterized by a series of unusually candid mea culpas. “And, you know, that’s on me.”
Obama then went on to offer a fix for people who were losing their health insurance due to Obamacare that is already causing considerable controversy on Capitol Hill and infuriating insurance companies. The fix involves allowing people to keep their old plans rather than helping them get into the new ones.
Health insurance plans are angry because this could screw up all their plans for the new health insurance markets. They have already set the prices they plan to charge in the 2014 insurance exchanges, and those relied on people transitioning out of their current plans (which would be phased out) and into these new, more robust plans.
As if that was not enough controversy for the Obamacare rollout, liberal groups are now upset that Obama seems to be yielding too much. They want Obama to use his time and resources to help get people into the new insurance plans rather than try to help keep them in the old ones.
Getting everyone to sign up for Medicare, on the other hand, would have been considerably easier and better for all concerned. Alas.