Obama: ‘I am sorry’ for health-insurance cancellations

After sidestepping the issue for weeks, President Obama on Thursday apologized to Americans who are losing their health insurance despite his repeated and emphatic promises that it wouldn’t happen.

The president made the admission on a day when Senate Republicans demanded that he fire his top health official in response to “undeniable” problems with Obamacare’s rollout and his White House fends off doubts that it can fix a balky website that is spoiling the health care law’s debut.

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” the president told NBC in an interview recorded at the White House on Thursday afternoon. “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we’re going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”

Mr. Obama’s comments represent something of an about-face for the administration, which until now had argued that Americans were aware all along — or should have been aware — that Obamacare would result in many people losing policies because they don’t comply with the law’s standards.

About 5 percent of Americans — 14 million people — have plans through the individual insurance market. As many as two-thirds of them could lose coverage because it does not comply with the president’s signature health care law. The situation has led to a backlash on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle backing bills that would allow consumers to keep their coverage no matter what.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Al Connelly says:

    What liar! He ignores our constitution, directs the DOJ to not enforce the laws, refuses to reveal the truth about Benghazi, illegal arms to Mexico, true cost of illegal immigrants, abuses taxpayer’s money to fund expensive vacations and to pay for political campaign trips, fails to provide a workable budget for our country, signs legislation that the Senate and the Congress admit they don’t know what is included, and makes promises he has no intention to keep! He is a disgrace to our country and it is depressing there is no action to impeach him and through him out of the White House.

  • SniperToo says:

    Oh!, let me interpret what the pathological Muslim dictator usurper REALLY means. “I am s-o-o-o sorry (ha, ha) that you missed understood my Muslim lies and I am s-o-o-o sorry (ha, ha) that you, the dumb @ss public believed me” “Ha, Ha, your problem.” This just goes to show you that I have always felt that the 55% of this country is stupid enough to believe me and I love it. Sorry that you all are so stupid like a sack of rocks. Ha, Ha.”

  • Hank says:

    I’m sorry you noticed that I screwed you and lied about it, I will do everthing I possibly can to insure you never catch me again,I can assure you of that. Now that you are between a rock and a hard place due to my assurances, like Hill Billy Clinton I feel your pain, but BY and BY you’ll get over it, better days are a Comin’.

  • Jack Parker says:

    Oh, he’s sorry alright, but how does he feel? And what’s he going to do about it?

  • Charles Kimberl says:

    I saw the video on his fan club news (NBC) and I was not impressed with the sincerity of his delivery. He is too self absorbed for that.

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