Last week, President Obama apologized to Americans who were receiving cancellation notices from their health care providers. Their plans, it seems, were no longer in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, despite his go-to message of “If you like your plan, you can keep it” for the already insured.
“I regret very much that what we intended to do, which is to make sure that everybody is moving into better plans because they want them “¦ that we weren’t as clear as we needed to be,” he told NBC News, promising a fix to the situation.
But former President Clinton, a longtime supporter of the health law, said Tuesday that the solution is for Obama to make good on his promise, even if it means altering the health care law.
“I personally believe even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got,” Clinton said in an interview with OZY.com, a digital magazine.
“We’re better off with this law than without it,” Clinton said, before listing the problems the administration still has to fix, including the still-faulty health care website. False assurances from Obama is one of these problems, he said. “Young people mostly, but not all young, who are in the individual market who are above 400 percent of the poverty level, they were the ones who heard this promise.” The White House has said that much of the Affordable Care Act’s success rests with getting young, health people to sign up for coverage.
White House press secretary Jay Carney addressed Clinton’s remarks Tuesday afternoon. He said “the president has asked his team to look at ways to address” the issue of plan cancellations.
The full interview is below:
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