Current Event Cat: Obama – Fix Obamacare!

Current Event Cat - Fix Obamacare

After Bill Clinton chided President Obama for making false promises to Americans about being able to keep their current healthcare plans, Obama has announced he is going to “fix” Obamacare and allow Americans to keep cancelled plans for one more year.

Earlier this week, Bill Clinton declared that Obama should keep his promise – even if it means changing the law.

“I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, that the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they’ve got,” Clinton said in the interview on Tuesday.

Apparently Obama was persuaded (either by Clinton or the millions of other angry Americans) because today the president spoke about his plans to fix the many issues with the Affordable Care Act. Obama first acknowledged the “rough” website rollout, which government officials and other contractors don’t believe will be fully functional by the Nov. 30 deadline.

We fumbled the roll out on this health care law,” he said. “There is no doubt that people are frustrated.”

But, while admitting that the website’s technical “glitches” have prevented a large number of Americans from signing up, Obama said that the 100,000 who did enroll online in the first month “shows that Americans want health care.” The total number of enrollees is pretty far below the 500,000 that were predicted to sign up and only represent 1.5 percent of the estimated number of Americans who need to sign up by the March 31 deadline – but at least they’ve made it past the 100,000 mark!

President Obama went on to address the growing number of complaints from people who were told they could not keep their current insurance plan because it does not meet the Affordable Care Act’s strict new requirements for policies – despite Obama’s reassuring Obamacare motto “if you like your health care, you can keep it!” To make up for that “glitch,” Obama is allowing insurance companies to extend individually purchased plans that would otherwise end in 2014.

“This fix won’t solve every problem for every person” but it will help many, the President said at the White House. “We are going to do everything we can to help Americans who’ve received these cancellation notices.”

But the main problem with the fix is that the onus is on the insurance company. The Obama administration isn’t requiring insurers to extend existing plans, they are just giving them the option to offer an additional year of coverage. And if there’s one thing I know about insurance companies, it’s that they’re huge dicks who will totally cancel your plan.

Via: BBC News

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