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Nov 8, 2013

Obama: regrets not ‘as clear as we needed to be’ on Obamacare pledge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans who are losing their healthcare insurance policies, saying in an interview that he regrets that “we weren’t as clear as we needed to be” about Obamacare healthcare reforms.

Obama’s expression of regret was aimed at placating Americans whose insurance plans are being canceled in spite of his oft-repeated pledge that if people liked their health plans, they would be able to keep them under Obamacare.

Nov 7, 2013

Obama gets earful from Senate Democrats about health law woes

WASHINGTON/DALLAS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday met with frustrated Senate Democrats, some of whom fear the disastrous rollout of his signature healthcare law could complicate their already difficult re-election fights in 2014.

The Obama administration has faced intense criticism since hundreds of thousands of people have seen their health insurance policies canceled because they do not meet new benefit requirements, despite Obama’s pledge that Americans could keep their current plans under Obamacare.

Nov 5, 2013

Obama administration pushes back over cancelled health plans

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The Obama administration,
under pressure over the botched opening of its healthcare
website, announced new efforts on Tuesday to appease hundreds of
thousands of people whose coverage is being cancelled as
insurers prepare for reforms in 2014.

Officials said many cancellation victims hear only about
costly replacement plans from their insurers and not about
options available through new online healthcare marketplaces
that can offer plans with lower, subsidized premiums. To that
end, the administration is seeking to broaden the message
consumers receive from insurers and the government.

Nov 5, 2013

Obama asks supporters to help with rollout of troubled healthcare plan

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama,
defiant against critics of his troubled healthcare plan, vowed
on Monday to press ahead with the rollout and asked supporters
to help as the White House struggled to gain control of the
debate over his signature achievement in the face of mounting
criticism.

Obama went before 200 of the core activists who helped turn
out the vote for him in his re-election a year ago, seeking
their assistance to enroll people into the Affordable Care Act
amid signs that early enrollment numbers will fall far short of
expectations.

Nov 3, 2013

In political messaging wars, White House deploys a Twitter army

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Besieged by unflattering stories about the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare program, the White House saw a news report that it wanted to swiftly knock down.

It was from NBC, which said that Obama had overpromised when he said Americans who liked their insurance could keep it, and that the president knew that many people would see their coverage change.

Oct 31, 2013

Obama blames ‘bad apple’ insurers for canceled coverage

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that “bad apple” insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks.

As administration officials scrambled to fix technical problems on an online insurance marketplace that is central to the success of the Affordable Care Act, Obama blamed private insurers for a separate problem that has critics questioning his honesty.

Oct 30, 2013

Obama blames ‘bad apple’ insurers for lost coverage

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that “bad apple” insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks.

As administration officials scrambled to fix technical problems on an online insurance marketplace that is central to the success of the Affordable Care Act, Obama blamed private insurers for a separate problem that has critics questioning his honesty.

Oct 30, 2013

Obama to steer clear of World Series during Boston visit

BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has steered clear of Wednesday’s matchup between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the World Series during his visit to Boston, partly to avoid being an extra burden on a baseball-mad city.

Obama visited Boston to discuss his landmark health insurance law at a time Boston authorities are stretched thin with preparations for a game that gives the Red Sox a chance to win the championship at home for first time in 95 years.

Oct 30, 2013

In Boston speech, Obama seeks to reset ideas about his health law

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – After four rocky weeks while
his landmark health insurance law has been disparaged as poorly
managed, expensive and disappointing, President Barack Obama
will travel to Boston on Wednesday to try to reset expectations
about Obamacare.

Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech in 271-year-old
Faneuil Hall, where some of the seeds of the American revolution
took root – and where on April 12, 2006, the start of another
historic shift began.

Oct 30, 2013

Obama under fire as Americans lose prior health plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is facing fresh attacks for his pledge that Americans who like their current healthcare plans can keep them under Obamacare after reports that thousands of Americans facing cancellation notices.

Accusations that the pledge was misleading are potentially a deeper threat to Obama than the website glitches that have plagued Healthcare.gov since its October 1 launch and allowed only a trickle of people to sign up on new federal insurance exchanges.

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