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Obama To Allow ‘Substandard’ Canceled Plans

From the Associated Press:

AP sources: Obama to allow sale of canceled plans

By DAVID ESPO | Nov. 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday.

The decision was designed to ease the impact on millions of consumers who have received cancellation notices in recent weeks, and also to try to redeem a presidential promise that anyone who wanted to keep his coverage under the law would be allowed to do so.

An announcement was expected in late morning.

Officials said the president would announce that insurers could continue to sell existing individual policies to current customers for 2014, even in cases of plans that had been ruled inadequate.

Insurers would be required to notify consumers that alternatives exist under "Obamacare," and also to specify the areas in which current plans fall short of the coverage required in the law.

At the same time, the plans would be closed to anyone not currently enrolled, marking a difference with legislation that House Republicans intend to put to a vote on Friday.

Obama has been under enormous pressure from congressional Democrats to give ground on the cancellation issue under the health care overhaul, a program likely to be at the center of next year’s midterm elections for control of the House and Senate.

The decision marks an abrupt switch in position.

Only last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a Senate panel she doubted that retroactively permitting insurers to sell canceled policies "can work very well since companies are now in the market with an array of new plans. Many have actually added consumer protections in the last three-and-a-half years."

Pending the president’s announcement, the administration had decided to permit insurance companies to continue the sale of individual policies that had been in effect on the date "Obamacare" was enacted in 2010, but not afterward…

How gracious of him.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama To Allow ‘Substandard’ Canceled Plans”

  1. mr_bill says:

    Oh glorious and wonderfully generous supreme benefactor Emperor nerobama, thank you for so kindly allowing us lowly pleebs the right to continue to purchase insurance that we previously had the right to buy until you and your all-knowing, wise, and judicious lords in the democrat party decided to take it away. We are eternally grateful (until 2014, after the mid-term elections) for the continued use of our “substandard” insurance plans.

    P.S. Stick the “law of the land” right in your sphincter.

  2. captstubby says:

    Yahoo News
    “I completely get how upsetting this can be for a lot of Americans,” Obama told reporters Obama said he believes the Affordable Care Act will work, but admitted the rollout of the exchanges has been bad. “We fumbled the rollout of this health care law,” he said. The president added that he was not informed that the glitches in healthcare.gov were so extensive and crippling–he believed they were minor and not systemic before Oct. 1.Obama’s statement is part of an all-out push to rescue the law.

    Its “Obamacare” Season and we have been infected with a Virus.

    Doc Barack has brought out his snake oil to fix the Fever (A fever can be caused by many different viral or bacterial conditions ranging from benign to potentially serious )that the Nation has developed.
    and is characterized by an elevation of body temperature above the normal range .

    so in typical Captstubby fashion ( a groan from the crowd.)…

    Parents will remember this and how to react..
    “It’s the middle of the night and your child wakes up with a fever. For many parents, this scenario prompts a call to the doctor and an immediate reaction to lower the fever as quickly as possible, often using an antipyretic (fever medicine).”
    fever is not a disease, but a sign that your body is doing what it’s supposed to do to fight infection.
    When an organism invades your body, it triggers the release of pyrogen, a substance that signals your brain’s hypothalamus to raise your body’s temperature.
    fever is actually a signal that an immune system is working well
    fever is a positive sign. It is evidence that the child has an active immune system. Fever does not harm your brain or your body, although it does increase your need for fluids.( Note, Good Advice!)
    a simple fever is actually a sign that your child’s immune system is working at its best. Virtually all animals naturally develop a fever when they’re fighting a bacterial or viral illness, and this response occurs because it improves your body’s ability to get rid of the bug.
    So in many cases, lowering a fever is not only unnecessary, it could actually hamper your child’s recovery process, prolonging the illness rather than resolving it more quickly.
    Remember that a fever is not something to fear. There is good evidence that fever actually serves as a healthy stimulus to develop a strong immune system and typically the higher the fever the better the stimulus. Something like lifting weights in which heavier weights typically produce more muscle growth.
    Remember, the point of the fever is to stimulate the immune system and create an inhospitable environment for invading organisms, essentially turning up the heat high enough that the invading microbes cannot live. So anytime you lower a fever artificially you’re making your body more hospitable to the invading pathogens.
    Lowering a fever with medications also masks your symptoms, which may lead you to return to your normal activities too soon, when your body could still benefit from extra rest.
    The American Academy of Pediatrics

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:


    This is teh 37th time you’ve said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.

    (grumble, grumble you effing a**hole)

  4. Petronius says:

    Another Big Lie.

    One more lie to cover up his earlier lies and broken promises. One more stain on the old banner.

    Attempting to shift the blame to the insurance companies.

    Without removing the provisions in his law that are forcing insurance companies to cancel their policies.

    What a despicable, wicked, corrupt and dishonest creature.


    • captstubby says:

      from the very beginning of the Democrat party, a strategy unique to their structure was implemented and has been successively applied ever since.

      when a scandal, misconduct, thievery, lie, or other outrage comes to light, the operating procedure is to wait it out, admit nothing, and stand by for the always soon to follow next one to surface.

      the previous act is never spoken off again and sweeped under the rug.
      this ,if followed by tried and true ,step by step damage control , with the medias careful manipulations, has served the Party astonishingly well almost in every instance.

      Chappaquiddick is a blue ribbon example.
      given time ,Teddy will be portrayed as a Hero, unsuccessful in his rescue of ” a family friend”
      the biggest winner of all is of course Franklin D. Roosevelt.
      it took The 22nd amendment which limits a president to two terms of office ,
      as the only way to stop a Democrat Dictator for Life from legally ever happening again.

      On the List of Members of the United States Congress by longevity of service ,who served at least 36 years,(Wikipedia),

      out of the 103 names, only 31 are Republicans.
      and the biggest winner of all is of course Franklin D. Roosevelt.

      the overwhelming end of tenure is retirement or death.

      democrats just keep getting reelected.

      if a Republican neglects to drop a non diet soft drink can in the recycle bin ,he’s toast.

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