Obama and Insurance Commissioners Meet Over Health Plan Cancellations

The commissioners said the president acknowledged not all states would implement his proposal to let people keep their health insurance.

President Obama speaks at a pipeyard for the southern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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Clara Ritger
Nov. 21, 2013, 2:28 a.m.

The pres­id­ent met with state in­sur­ance com­mis­sion­ers Wed­nes­day to nudge them to im­ple­ment his pro­posed Obama­care fix to al­low people to keep their cur­rent health in­sur­ance plans next year.

After the meet­ing, the state in­sur­ance com­mis­sion­ers re­mained skep­tic­al. They told the pres­id­ent his pro­pos­al could lead to high­er premi­ums, stick­ing by their ini­tial re­sponse to the an­nounce­ment that it cre­ates un­cer­tainty and in­stabil­ity in the mar­ket. 

Obama ac­know­ledged that some states were un­likely to im­ple­ment the fix, they said, and that each state will have to do what it feels is ap­pro­pri­ate.

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