Obama will allow people to keep old health plans for a year

Portman questions legality of plan
Joe Centers
Nov 14, 2013


WASHINGTON (MCT) — President Obama announced today that he will allow Americans being kicked off their health insurance plans because of his signature health-care law to keep their insurance for another year.
“We’re going to solve the problems that are there,” Obama said. “And we’re going to get it right.”
Obama had vowed during the debate over the Affordable Care Act that those who liked their health-care plans would be able to keep them under his law.
But his law also set a minimum level of benefits to comply with the 2010 health-care law, such as requiring health-insurance plans to cover mental health, prescription drugs, dental and vision for children and other coverage.
In recent weeks, insurance companies on the individual market whose plans fell short of those requirements had begun notifying consumers that they’d be ending those plans.
During a White House press conference Obama said he would use an administrative fix to allow people to keep the plans in question for one year.

His announcement came a day before the House was set to vote on a Republican-sponsored bill that would “grandfather” in health-care policies that would’ve been cancelled under Obamacare.

Disgruntled House Democrats have threatened to support that bill, though House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned that it was “very dangerous” and “completely disruptive.”

Obama’s health-care law did have a provision that “grandfathered” in plans, but only those that existed on March 23, 2010, and hadn’t been changed since then to substantially cut benefits or increase costs for consumers.

Sen. Rob Portman questioned whether Obama’s fix was legal.

“As creative as the president has been in using administrative action in order to change the law, including delaying the employer mandate for a year, I don’t know if he has the ability to do this without legislation.”

The Ohio Republican said a one-year delay wouldn’t provide the necessary fix.

“My biggest concern is that if we simply kick the can down the road, we’re putting more and more people at risk,” he said, adding that it’s possible employers will change their coverage in such a way that results in other people having their plans cancelled. “The only way to really deal with it is to start over and change this approach and let people keep what they have and focus on the cost of health care.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, also questioned whether Obama could make the fix through administrative action.

“When it comes to this health-care law, the White House doesn’t have much credibility,” he said. “The only way to fully protect the American people is to scrap this law once and for all. There is no way to fix this.”

By Jessica Wehrman and Sophia Lindsey, The Columbus Dispatch, Distributed by MCT



Re: "would, no doubt be statues of him,"

Again: Understood.

FDR used similar fascistic socio-economic techniques under the "New Deal" of which many of the consequences remain.

Also, see Peron in Argentina. Pres. Kirchner (sometimes likened to Hillary) is a disciple.

BTW: "Fatherland" is a "fun" novel.



If the black suits come for you ,I will go with you !


Obama says in the speech that you'd be able to stay on the plan even if it doesn't meet the requirements.
Yet the word is that when a bill that will acually legally allow it hits his desk he'll veto it.
So the speech was just more smoke he is blowing up america's a**


Dr.Just read that on Townhall P.M.Couldn't come up with a link !


Oops! Caught in ANOTHER lie. Backpedal quicker!

From the US Constitution: "The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." This should be amended to include INCOMPETENCE.


I heard more 'ummm's in that speech than I did any meaningful words.

Dr. Information

More can kicking by Obama and the Democrats. They can kick the debt and now they want to can kick Obamacare so someone else can deal with it. This man should be impeached.

Obamacare is a failure on all levels. This is what you get when you elect incompetent promise breaking people to run our country.


But Dr. Info, ALL politicians are promise-breaking people. Also, I don't think we could name any that ARE competent. I'd say it's time for a clean sweep, but those in office would NEVER vote for term limits for themselves. Then there's the issue of them collecting their salary and benefits after their term is up . . . but that's a whole other can of worms.


Obama is a lying POS, and its ignorant people who believe his lies that are to blame for him still being in office...

People who still to this day say that healthcare costs wont go up, blah blah...


Unfortunately most of you are probably living off the system and don't have to pay for your own insurance


Completely don't understand how people wanted to impeach Clinton for his little Monica deal, but Obama gets to skate on by with the numerous lies, cover ups, and scandals he's been involved in...

Obamacare is ridiculous. I understand that there are people that want insurance and couldn't get it because of pre-existing conditions or other reasons. If the government wanted to help those people, they should have just created these "exchanges" and subsidized those types of plans and left everyone else alone.

If you don't have insurance and don't want insurance, then that should be your right. If you don't want to pay for insurance that covers pediatric dentistry and maternity, you should not be forced to have a plan that covers those things. And I call BS that maternity doesn't raise the price of a policy a lot...years ago I priced one with maternity and one without and the maternity policy was twice the price!

Additionally, I find it repulsive that Obamacare imposes such heavy taxes on the more fortunate individuals in order to fund itself.

It needs to go away.

Dr. Information

Obama threatens to veto bill which would do pretty much what he said he wanted to do Thursday morning



In order to be a politician, one must have the ability to speak out of both sides of one's mouth at the same time. Obama is the grand champion. He can also speak out of other orifices at the same time, too.


The ACA requires all individuals (well, almost all) to have health coverage for at least nine months in 2014 or pay a penalty when they file their federal income tax return. This coverage must include all of your eligible dependents.

Here’s what the penalties will look like:

IN 2014 - $95 per individual (half that for dependents under age 18) Up to a maximum of $285 per family or 1% of income, whichever is greater

BY 2016 - $695 per individual (half that for dependents under age 18) Up to a maximum of $2,085 per family or 2.5% of income, whichever is greater

That means individuals without coverage will owe the above penalties and be responsible for 100% of any health care costs.


Sounds cheaper than $800 a month plus deduct.

Gordon Gekko

Obama is the beast.
Soon you will have to take the mark of the beast to get any health care at all. I will refuse and have my head cropped off.
Fight all tyranny while it is still possible.



The Dems will lose seats in the House and the Senate in 2014.

The Repubs will control both Houses of Congress making Pres. Obama a TRUE lame duck.

The Repubs will pass legislation that will overturn Obam☭are in 2015.

Pres. Obama will veto it, but the Repub controlled House and Senate will have enough votes along with some Dems in order to override it.


I hope your prediction comes true.


lolololololololololol....good stuff!


Re: "lolololololololololol....good stuff!"

So why are Red State Dems RUNNING away from Obama☭are?

Answer my previous questions:

Where's your "proof" that Obama☭are won't raise the cost of EVERYONE'S health insurance?

Pres. Obama delayed the employer mandate for one yr. WHY?

Other than dumbed down shots whatayagot?

Dr. Information

Obama is crushing this nation. Part of his grand scheme.


Pres. Obama, 11/14/13:

"I was not informed directly that the website would not be working as -- the way it was supposed to,"

Has I been informed, I wouldn't be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great.

You know, I'm accused of a lot of things, but I don't think I'm stupid enough to go around saying, this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity, a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn't going to work."

So the Incompetent-in-Chief is pleading total ignorance?

How can this be?

Isn't he supposed to be the smartest guy that EVER occupied the office?



Pres. Obama, 11/14/13:

“Keep in mind that the individual market accounts for 5 percent of the population. “

So scr*w approx. 15 million people with individual policies?


“So when I said you can keep your health care, you know, I'm looking at folks who've got employer-based health care. I'm looking at folks who've got Medicare and Medicaid.”

So if THAT is what He meant, WHY didn’t the Smartest Guy-in-Chief say THAT in the first place?



Pres. Obama, 11/14/13:

"The federal government does a lot of things really well. One of the things it does not do well is information technology procurement."

Say wa?

So American taxpayers paid $600 million for a POS?

And you didn't know that it wasn't gonna work? Yet you were out there selling how great it was gonna be?



Pres. Obama, 11/14/13:

"What we're also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.

And another mistake that we made, I think, was underestimating the difficulties of people purchasing insurance online and shopping for a lot of options with a lot of costs and lot of different benefits and plans and -- and somehow expecting that that would be very smooth, and then they've also got to try to apply for tax credits on the website."


Good to know that Clueless-in-Chief enjoys experimenting with people's heath insurance.

Has this genius never heard of "beta"?



So He will allow us to keep them. But the insurance companies do not have to continue the plan. I have seen and heard many insurance companies are raising the premiums by eliminating a current plan and replacing it with a more expensive plan.
This is bull dung