Obama apologizes for HealthCare.gov disaster

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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The Affordable Care Act (or, “Obamacare”) continues to disappoint, with only about 106,000 people enrolled. Even though almost a million people were found eligible for health insurance on HealthCare.gov, the buggy website launch caused too many roadblocks for them to get fully processed.

Larry Levitt, a vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, believes the number of eligible people who haven’t chosen a plan says a lot. “That means if the website had been working well, and a million people had gotten to the end of the process, we’d be looking at a very different trajectory now,” explains Levit. “We heard about the surge in traffic when  HealthCare.gov went live. This suggests there is in fact a lot of interest.” He expects that when the website’s fixed, there should be a surge of enrollment in both December and in March.

Even former President Bill Clinton has been highly critical, especially of the fact that Obamacare isn’t letting people keep their existing individual health insurance policies if they want to – a key promise that President Barack Obama had made when pitching the idea originally. Clinton said, “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.”

To add insult to injury, people have been receiving cancellation notices from their health insurance providers as a result of the Affordable Care Act’s restrictions. Obama came out on Thursday apologizing, offering a fix that would allow individual insurance plans to be extended for one more year. He said, “I am not a perfect man and I will not be a perfect president,” while admitting, “We fumbled the roll out on this health care law.” Despite all the troubles, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “The big lesson is that we’re better off with this law than without it.”

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