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article imageObama will allow junk insurance to continue for one year

By Robert Weller     Nov 14, 2013 in Health
With mounting complaints against Obamacare’s attempt to require people to buy solid health care insurance, President Obama has decided to allow so-called “Junk Insurance” to be sold through 2014.
Former President Clinton and some leading Democrats had urged the change because of the bad publicity Obamacare was getting from Website failures and the cancellation of millions of insurance policies deemed inadequate, the New York Times reported.
“Insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014. This fix won’t solve every problem for every person, but it is going to help of lot of people,” Obama said.
There is a caveat, according to CNN. The insurers must notify policy holders of the differences between their plans and what Obamacare offers.
The decision was announced as Republicans in the House said they would try to pass legislation that would allow consumers to keep the plans, even though they provide meager benefits, the Washington Post reported.
Politico reported even some Democrats were upset with the plan to cancel insurance policies consumers said they preferred.
“I completely get how upsetting this can be for Americans … I hear you loud and clear,” Obama said in the White House briefing room.
The change only covers people who had purchased the “mini-meds” before the Obamacare site opened. Obama and supporters are critical of these plans, as are organizations representing seniors and others, because they often pay nothing for doctors’ visits, tests and hospital stays.
Nevertheless, Americans are riled up about government taking something away from them that they chose themselves.
The Post reported Obamacare’s disapproval rating has risen from 47 percent a couple of weeks ago to 55 percent Thursday.
"We fumbled the rollout of this health care law," Obama said.
The Obama strategy may be counting on two things that will turn opinion around.
There will be fewer people going to the Obamacare site, which could improve its performance.
Once large numbers of people have Obamacare and talk with their friends and neighbors about how much less they pay for doctors’ visits holders of “junk insurance” may change their minds.
Al Jazeera says a "welfare migration" may occur with residents of one state moving from a state without the health insurance to a nearby state that has it. It gave Virginia as a non-insured state example and Maryland as one that has the insurance.
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