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Obama: ‘I am sorry’

obamaWASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans whose insurance plans are being canceled due to the federal health law he championed even though he said repeatedly they could keep their coverage if 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.

“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this,” he added.

GOP focuses on overall Obamacare troubles, not just website

Obama’s comments come days after he attempted to clarify what he meant when he repeatedly assured Americans in previous years that they would be able to keep their plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Millions of people have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies in recent weeks.

Administration officials have acknowledged that insurance companies in many cases are dropping coverage that is less comprehensive than so-called Obamacare, and that Americans would be better off in the long run with new insurance.

Key elements of the health law prohibit discrimination for pre-existing conditions and require new plans cover maternity care, mental health and other areas. The program was developed to put comprehensive care within reach of millions of uninsured Americans.

About 95% of legal U.S. residents receive health insurance through private employers or the federal government, the Obama administration says.

Obama’s apology comes a week after similar refrains were made by Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding the botched Obamacare online rollout.

While the federal website problems have been a political nightmare for the administration, Republican opponents have seized more aggressively on the policy cancellations, which have become problematic for Democratic politicians as well.



12 Comments to “Obama: ‘I am sorry’”

    sheez said:
    November 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Still happy with this man as president? thank god for all the equality ……NOT ! Thanks for electing a president on his race instead of how smart he is democrats you idiots

      S_Hunter said:
      November 7, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      You guessed it!

    Slam1263 said:
    November 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Sorry you got caught?

    Like I am going believe a liar.

    Bad Bob said:
    November 7, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    What a lying sack of sh-t. Why is he not Impeached and jailed?

      Bad Bob said:
      November 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Right on!! Jail is almost too good for him but it would be a warning to the other lying Democrats all around us. How about Pelosi and Reid next?

      S_Hunter said:
      November 7, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Too many "cohorts" in congress to get an Impeachment vote. Thank the Brain-dead morons who elected him a second time. The first round doesn't count. We were ALL duped(me included)!

    Katie said:
    November 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    So, he is sorry for the people who lost their insurance due to their employer dropping it…what about the people that are losing their insurance because they have lost their jobs because of the economy…My family now has to pay almost $10,000 for health insurance each year based on our 'middle class' status!

    guest said:
    November 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    we're sorry too, sorry you ever got elected!!!

    aaaa said:
    November 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    sorry that both "parties" new these details and said F***ing nothing!

    S_Hunter said:
    November 7, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    At THIS point in time, I can afford ONLY the fine, NOT the monthly "TAX"! Let's not also forget the "out of pocket($2250 for me)" expense AND the "just under" $100/month "payment". As far as I'm concerned, The "dictator" just made a "law" out of a new way to fund their BS!

      Slam1263 said:
      November 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      You lucked out.

      $675 a month, and $13000 total deductible before insurance kicks in.

      Glad I'm not a smoker, it could have been expensive.

        S_Hunter said:
        November 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        OUCH! Apparently you don't qualify for the "reduced" payments. I hear ya tho.

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