(Washington, DC) -- President Obama wants to allow people with canceled health insurance policies to retain those policies for another year. In a White House news conference, Obama noted that he has heard complaints "loud and clear" and is proposing a fix. He said, "Insurers can extend plans that would otherwise have been cancelled into 2014" and consumers can enroll in those plans. It is unclear whether the insurance industry will go along with the plan.
Obama recently apologized for repeatedly saying that those who like their health insurance policies can keep their policies. Millions of policies are being canceled because they do not conform to broader new rules on coverage in the healthcare reform law. The President also defended the overall healthcare reform law, saying it is a comprehensive response to a "broken" system. The President's statement is partly a response to congressional Democrats who are angry about the choppy waters of Obamacare.
The administration is also confronting growing criticism over the botched rollout of HealthCare.Gov, the federal website for the new healthcare exchanges. Obama called himself unhappy and deeply concerned about the rocky rollout. He said tech teams continue working around the clock to fix the glitches. Meantime, GOP House Speaker John Boehner called himself highly skeptical about the President's healthcare fixes. In a Capitol news conference, Boehner said Obamacare cannot be fixed and should be scrapped.