Obama: ‘I’m Sorry’ About Americans Who Are Losing Current Health Plans

"We hear them" and "we are going to do everything we can," he added

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, at an Organizing for Action grassroots supporter event in Washington, November 4, 2013.

President Obama apologized Thursday night to Americans who are losing their health-insurance plans because of his signature health care reform law.

In an interview with NBC Nightly News, Obama acknowledged he had repeatedly said that no Americans would have to give up a health care plan they liked because of the new law. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” the President told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”

The approximately 5% of Americans who buy their own insurance are at risk of being kicked off their plans, regardless of their preference, because their plans don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act.

The President also addressed the repeated problems plaguing the enrollment website. “I am deeply frustrated about how this website has not worked over the last couple of weeks,” he said, but insisted, “It’s better now than it was last week, and it’s certainly a lot better now than it was Oct. 1.”

When asked about whether he faulted Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for the website’s problems, he defended her efforts. “Kathleen Sebelius doesn’t write code, she wasn’t the IT person,” he said. “Ultimately, the buck stops with me. I’m the President, this is my team, if it’s not working, we’re gonna fix it.”

[NBC]

44 comments
N369RM
N369RM

That was NO apology. Why can't the liberals at Time and any Democrat simply tell the truth? Obama LIED and LIED and LIED and he KNEW he was lying and now after being caught, you all cannot seem to admit the truth and how dare you call that miss-mash softball interview by NBC an apology by Obama? Can't you all for ONCE get out of bed with Obama and at least do what you claim to be doing and report for once in your life the TRUTH?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

A sitting president actually admitting a mistake how refreshing. Still waiting to hear that from GWB about our little invasion in Iraq that cost 4500 lives and trillions of dollars.

DelawareJack
DelawareJack

comrade obama has now officially broken the record for having the most " pants on fire " in the often sordid history of American politics ...... We should be so proud of this congential liar ...... He's now # 1 !  

donniemcbee
donniemcbee

So.................Obama says Opppppsss I'm Sorry?  I would demand you fix it, but at this point Mr. President I know it is well beyond fixing!   I have heard of Obamacare being referred to as a train wreck..............to me and other Americans this is an insult because this is much worse, this would probably be compared as a nuclear bomb (dropped on ourselves), rather than just a train wreck!

meddevguy
meddevguy

Spin, spin, spin - "told Chuck Todd"? Todd is a paid public relations operative of the Democrat Campaign.

The lies got ACA passed, got the President re-elected and this lie about caring about the "5%" affected are just means justifying the ends.

And you clowns will believe once again. It's like a husband caught by his wife in a bad situation with a girlfriend shouting "Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?" I guess because Chuck Todd said so.

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

Sorry .... but not sorry enough to keep his word.

"If you like your plan, you keep it. Like your doctor, keep your doctor." -- Barack H. Obama

Discursions
Discursions

Is it even possible in these times to be honest in journalism about what is happening, or must we be spun?  I ask because it seems not only obvious but more or less universally acknowledged that the white house knew three and four years ago that when they were requiring insurance plans to do things that insurers themselves had seen as too costly, that a lot of plans would be canceled.  They knew, when Mr Obama said repeatedly the opposite, that millions would not be able to keep their plans and/or their doctors.  And they certainly knew  (since things cost money) that requiring insurers to give us more things would mean they would charge us more money, even as Mr Obama assured us we would be paying 2500 dollars less a year.  (My premiums for a Blue Cross plan at work are going up 30% this year to cover elements of the "Affordable" Care Act.)  These are things the white house knew, and so everyone there knew Mr Obama was lying.  He knew he was lying.  And maybe saddest of all, any journalist with at least two brain cells to rub together knew at the time that he was lying, but places like Time attacked not the liars but the people who were trying to tell the truth about the program.  No one said, "of course it will cost more, and of course people will lose their plans that we deem too lousy" (as the media fans of the administration say now, as if that's what they were always saying).  And now Time will say, "he apologized for this unfortunate thing no one could foresee, so let's move on" and anyone who still says we were lied to will be demonized, and the people who still approve of Obama will cast aspersions on people like me simply for pointing out the obvious fact that their hero knowingly lied to the American people dozens of times.  And finally, as once respected magazines like Time and Newsweek go out of business and newspapers bleed money as they swirl around the drain, they will all blame the intractable problems of the internet age and none of them will look at themselves for what they have become.  Very, very sad.  Anyway, attack away.

BillPearlman
BillPearlman

The guy lied through his teeth. He knew it was a lie. But he could rely on the fact that better than half of America is a bunch of idiots. Basically he could machine gun a girls church choir on the white house lawn and Time Magazine would give him a pass

reallife
reallife

you call that an apology, Pravda?  LOL

sh1t! we almost got creamed in Virginia, even after we bankrolled that libertarian clown... and now we've got to deal with all these democrats that are scared sh1tless of being swept out by this upcoming 2014 shellacking... yeah go out there and get some NBC stooge and say you're sorry about ... whatever... they'll buy anything... yeah you've got to do it... or...

"el pato lamo"


LOL


jamesgordon777
jamesgordon777

I love people  who  believe  a lie ,  This  plan  was  the  Republican  plan  back in the  contract  with American  and  the  republican   revolution  .I  know  because  I  voted  for it  while  in  Texas .This  will  back  fire  on the  Republicans  ,  They  knew  back then and  now  that  people  will not  be  able to  afford  health insurance  by the  year 2020 . imagine  working  4  weeks  just  for insurance . And  companies  will  no longer  pay  or  co-pay , well maybe for  the  top  managers .Time is  on  the  Democrat's side . It  may be  40  years  before  republicans  gain power.  And  that  scares  me .Democrats  unchecked  for  40  years ,,,,just  because the  republicans  screwed  up.

paulejb
paulejb

Coming next week in the House - A vote on "you can keep your plan if you like it." Can't wait till Democrats have to cast that vote.

paulejb
paulejb

"I'm sorry." Barry 0 sounds like the guy who gets a girl pregnant and then wants nothing to do with her.

MaureenBlake
MaureenBlake

Am I the only one who still thinks that the Affordable Healthcare act is not to blame here but that there HAS to have been some sabotage - either refusal to actually engage in the task of getting it up and running by some who didn't WANT to actually do their assigned job, OR hacking on the part of some convinced it is in the best interest of America for this to fail?? I REALLY don't believe we don't have capable IT folks but DO believe there are also capable hackers and that is a problem very hard to address. I mean it takes only one to create something, but if there are many who WANT to attack it there is a much harder burden of defending and making it work. Pray for excellent cyber protection to get our new healthcare system up and running, and /or accountability for IT staff who are not making effort. I mean come on, I don't buy it for a minute that we DO NOT have capable folks to make this work IF THEY WANTED TO and accepted that there is an obligation and a responsibility to sometimes do things you don't want . I mean really, if there were truly a conscientious objection that would be one thing, but this is NOT A justifiable war and NOT a situation where there is anything unconscionable in following this order one does not like, however there IS a terrible unconscionable act of messing with people's ability to get health care which I think some may just be missing.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91  

He's not sorry in the least, clueless. 

If he were, he'd act to make good on his word.

But he won't.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@mantisdragon91  George W. tells us that Saddam Hussein is in league with Al Qaeda and on the verge of getting nuclear weapons, we lose hundreds of billions of dollars and 4,500 American lives by invading his country based on those lies, and Conservatives everywhere just sit on their thumbs while Fox News makes the argument that anyone who disagrees with the President is unpatriotic.  Fast forward a decade to where Barack Obama is only 95% correct in his statement about people being able to keep the same health insurance policy if they want to, and suddenly every Conservative in the country is livid because they were "lied to". 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@DelawareJack How does he compare to the conservative icon Reagan who had the most officials indicted, arrested and investigated in the history of the US?

Discursions
Discursions

@jamesgordon777 False.  It was not a Republican plan.  The mandate (one piece of the plan) was floated by a conservative think tank as as idea, and it was never adopted by the party itself as a program, nor was it part of the Contract with America, as googling the contract shows.

aztecian
aztecian

@jamesgordon777 yep...you're done.  in 40 years you and the rethugs will be dressed in drag.  get your cheap shots in now, in a few months your party will be on the infinite slide into history. 

jmac
jmac

@paulejb He just said they're working to fix it - the 5% who had plans that were crappy - it will be fixed.  

You live in lala land.  

paulejb
paulejb

@MaureenBlake 

Your right! It was sabotage. ObamaCare was never meant to succeed. It was meant to blow up the entire US health care system so that the only alternative left would be socialized medicine.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@MaureenBlake I do find it odd that on paper, only about 5% of people with plans currently are likely to lose them, and yet when one turns on Fox News, they are told that "up to 80%" of Americans are in danger of losing their current  coverage.  Could it be that Fox News has a tendency to make up the facts in order to suit their agenda?  Nah. 

LoriHollywood
LoriHollywood

You resort to logical contortions to avoid the obvious -not only was this law a bad idea, but this administration is also too incompetent to even begin implementing it. In the meantime, they are wreaking havoc with thebhealth care of millions of Americans. I suggest you face reality and stop with the unfounded conspiracy theories.

TallusRip
TallusRip

@TimothyDNaegele Even the worst Presidents are looked at with rose-colored glasses after they leave office.  If Obama wasn't stuck with a worthless House, lead by an obstructionist who doesn't realize that shutting the government down is a bad idea, we'd probably have a much more favorable view of government in general.  Obama just gets to be the scapegoat when anything goes wrong.  After all, people still think he has two levers in his office that control job creation and gas prices.

aztecian
aztecian

@jmac @paulejb exactly...it'll get fixed and the republiKKKan party will be done! done! done!  down with the obstructionist.

paulejb
paulejb

@jmac @paulejb 

This coming from a gull who actually believes Barack Hussein Obama is telling the truth. Barry 0 lies even when the truth would serve as well.

TammyHoppe
TammyHoppe

@barneydidit @MaureenBlake It isn't just Fox News reporting that 80% are loosing their coverages, there are tons of websites, and now other "main stream media" sources like NBC etc are reporting the same...if only people (politicians) would of listened BEFORE they passed it!  How stupid, "we have to pass it to know what's in it"...umm why because you can't be bothered to read it BEFORE hand?  Dumb asses!

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@LoriHollywood  So you would prefer to continue to pay the exorbitant costs of the uninsured, which are racked up in the most expensive and least efficient way?  You would prefer that people with chronic illnesses suffer and die because they are uninsurable or otherwise cut out of the health care system?

TimothyDNaegele
TimothyDNaegele

@TallusRip, thank you for your comments.

The polling cited is at the same points in their presidencies, not after Bush left office.

Four issues are likely to sink Obama’s ship: (1) Obamacare; (2) the economy; (3) national security matters; and (4) the exposure of scandals surrounding Obama, perhaps even worse than those that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation.

Obama will try to divert attention from his own problems by pushing for immigration “reform” that would change America forever, ending up with a one-party system of government—which of course is the goal of Obama and his Democrats!

The political potency of Barack Obama’s namesake, Obamacare, argues for conservatives—be they Republicans, Democrats or Independents—to sharpen their ideological edges, rather than retreat or “compromise” one iota.

aztecian
aztecian

@reallife bingo you're done!  forget ever being able to win a major election again once this is fully implemented. 

TammyHoppe
TammyHoppe

@Hollywooddeed  Do you realize that the ones who "can't afford it" get subsidies paid for by our government who in turn get those funds from working people??  So it's really no different than now, except more people are eligible for subsidies and for insurance, and the working class get to foot even more of the bill because of these "subsidies"!  I don't currently have insurance, can't afford it (and there are two of us working!), but I don't believe other people should have to pay for MY health insurance, which is one of the reasons I don't like the ACA! And before anyone jumps on me, no I don't go to the doctors or the hospital unless I have the cash to pay for it, so no one else has to foot the bill!

TimothyDNaegele
TimothyDNaegele

@jmac, thank you for your comments.

Thank God for most of the Tea Party.

And yes, I am well aware that many of these groups are turning their backs on this country, and lobbying for immigration "reform," which is as worthy as so-called "global warming"—or the Great Green Con—and Obamacare.

See http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/illegal-immigration-the-solution-is-simple/#comment-3131 ("Big Business Lobbies For Illegals!")

It has been said:

"Jimmy Carter may be heading to #2 on the [list of] all-time worst presidents in American history, thanks to 'O.'"

This is an understatement.

jmac
jmac

@TimothyDNaegele @TallusRip It's the Republican Chamber of Commerce and established Republicans pushing for immigration reform.   We'd have it if not for the Tea Party.   

And "Obamacare" is a Republican health care plan.   He will go down in the history books as the president that finally got America health care reform.   He will certainly go down in history as taking  the Great Recession he was handed and keeping us from a Great Depression.    That's a fact.   

You don't have one scandal on Obama.  Fast and Furious?  No.  IRS?  No.  Benghazi?  Republicans really look stupid on that one.   You have nothing.  BTW, Bush/Cheney make Nixon look like a choir boy.