Contrite Obama offers reprieve on health plans

  • Article by: Ashley Parker and Robert Pear , New York Times
  • Updated: November 15, 2013 - 7:07 AM

His announcement comes amid mounting anger in Congress and among public. Insurers are caught by surprise.

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kilofoxNov. 14, 1310:06 PM

How can a President "allow" something in a law that Dem's have crowed in the past about settled law? The Dem's are now trying to CYA before the 2014 elections. Wasn't it the Dem's who allowed the government to be shut down for the exact thing Obama is now allowing. Too funny.

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hlakerNov. 14, 1310:24 PM

Since when does the executive branch have the authority to undue that which the legislative branch has enacted (ACA) and the Supreme Court has upheld?

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luzhishenNov. 14, 1310:42 PM

Medicare for all - cheaper and less complicated, with bipartisan support, do it now.

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chuckdancerNov. 14, 1311:01 PM

No matter how it is sliced and diced this is a political game. Yesterday opponents cried in the streets for their fellow Americans because the insurance companies would no longer issue outdated policies that failed to meet the new standards of coverage. They wept even though they personally were unaffected in this particular matter and without regard to whether those that were affected when advised of their insurance options would pick new coverage over the outdated. Today our President said the insurance companies could go ahead and keep the old for one more year. If this were about the Americans that received cancellation notices then everyone crying yesterday should have been happier today than ever in their entire lives and the tears would have been of joy. Instead, as we all know, opponents completely forgot about their hapless insurance-cancelled friends today and unleashed a torrent of faux legal/political attacks on the ACA and the President. It wasn't their fellow Americans that opponents were concerned about at all but politics.

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honeybooNov. 14, 1311:03 PM

Obama "announced a policy reversal"? Ah, no. He announced a violation of the Constitution's separation of powers. His own violation. Journalism, anyone?

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mvidmarNov. 14, 1311:16 PM

Luzhisen.....there isn't any money in Medicare. Its broke. Why are there such huge cuts in reimbursement? Medicare is moving to managed care. Can't you see the health plans and the government messed up really, really bad. Get the government out of health care. Socialism does not work.

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brokenclockNov. 14, 1311:22 PM

Well, well, well. How's that hope and change working out for all of you Northwoods Kool-Aid drinkers? The chickens are finally coming home to roost and I for one am ecstatic about it. We are looking at the greatest legislative and policy failure in American history. That will be Obama's legacy. To quote the President from some years back- "If you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig." Truer words were never spoken. And where does it say in the Constitution that the President can wake up one morning and decide he's going to change a law today? Three weeks ago, the Dems and people in this forum were screaming "law of the land". How about now? Does anybody out there really believe this thing can be "fixed"? For those of us opposed to heavy handed big government, Obamacare is the gift that keeps on giving.

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drsageNov. 14, 1311:34 PM

You people criticizing the ACA are waaaay out of your league. Do you think that any revision of our broken health care system could be perfect out of the box? This is complicated and will have to go through the normal process of refinement. The Republicans are doing everything they can to undermine it because that has been their strategy since Obama was elected the first time....get rid of Obama no matter how much it hurts our country. There is simply not enough data to make ANY claims right now, so all the Republican dirt is just that... meaningless negative propaganda meant to sway people who are easily influenced by repetition, even if the message is based on lies and what the right THINKS will happen. Given time to work out the bugs and make any needed adjustments, the ACA COULD result in the best health care system on the planet. Don't let the Republican's continue to insult our collective intelligence with ludicrous, incendiary rhetoric and misinformation. GIVE THE ACA A CHANCE! The Republican party has been infiltrated with domestic terrorists who have done tremendous damage to our country. Ask yourself how many health care policies the $24 Billion dollars the Republicans cost us by shutting down the Government would buy. These people are dangerous and will get their due in the next election and in 2016.

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jim2011beamNov. 14, 1311:41 PM

luzhisen - Obviously you are too young to be on Medicare so you don't know that (1) there are monthly premiums ($104.90 and up) for Part B (doctors) and ($50 and up) for Part D (drugs), (2) Medicare pays, at most 80%, you pay 20% with NO cap on the amount, (3) Medicare is going broke, (4) Medicare is "substandard" insurance as defined by President Obama and (5) If you don't have enough quarter credits you can buy Medicare Part A for $461 per month. Add it all up and you, as an individual, can get "substandard" Medicare coverage for $616 per month and still have no cap on your out of pocket costs and NO health coverage if you go to any foreign country including a summer drive up to Winnipeg or Thunder Bay. My guess is that in a few years retirees will be begging to keep their Bummercare policies instead of going on Medicare.

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meemaaNov. 14, 1311:54 PM

I am all for regulating the blood sucking insurance industry. But letting the government take control of the industry is a disaster waiting to happen. Oh wait. It is a disaster. Why not just get poor and helpless on medicare? It's already there. Fix up that mess. Leave the rest of us to determine what is best. This is a giant social welfare plan. Maybe there are some that truly need to be supported by the government, but they are sending the rest of us down the rabbit hole.

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