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Sen. Elizabeth Warren defends President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act shift on insurance
masslive.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Shira Schoenberg

Posted on 11/15/2013 8:54:17 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

WALTHAM - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, on Friday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to allow health insurers to issue plans for one more year that do not meet the standards set out by the Affordable Care Act, as a transitional move.

“What the president’s done is said no one for a year, no insurance company, needs to cancel its coverage because of the Affordable Care Act,” Warren said, speaking to reporters after an Associated Industries of Massachusetts breakfast at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. “They’re trying to make the transition work. They’re trying to do everything they can to make it work and get people into the system.”

However, asked whether individuals should be able to keep their current insurance plans indefinitely if they do not meet the minimum standards laid out by the Affordable Care Act, Warren did not say yes or no, but implied that she agreed with the changes required by the new law. “I think what we’re looking for is to get people coverage that means something,” Warren said. “We do not sell cars with three wheels. We sell cars that travel on our highways and that have some basic standards of safety. And that’s what we’re talking about with insurance, making sure that if people are paying for insurance, they’re getting some insurance.”

Warren’s statement echoed Obama’s comments in a speech on health care he gave in Boston last month, in which the president referred to the plans that were cancelled as “cut rate plans that don’t offer real financial protection in the event of serious illness or accident.”

Obama, a Democrat, announced the policy change Thursday, in an attempt to quell rising anger from consumers who bought health insurance on the individual market and whose plans were being cancelled because they did not meet the minimum coverage standards set out by the national health care reform law. Obama had said previously that anyone who liked their health care plan would be able to keep it. But that statement only applied to plans that had been unchanged since 2010. Although consumers whose plans were cancelled were able to shop for new plans, and sometimes obtain subsidies, on newly created health insurance exchanges, some were finding that those plans cost significantly more.

Under the president’s new policy, state insurance commissioners and individual insurers will be able to decide whether to continue to offer cancelled plans for one year to existing customers. Insurers will not be allowed to sell the plans to new consumers. It is unclear how many insurers will continue to offer these plans, but the change will allow Obama to say that the Affordable Care Act is no longer blocking anyone from keeping their current insurance plan.

“Basically, what the president has said is that no insurance company will be forced to cancel insurance because of Obamacare during the next year, so that’s going to give people a smoother place,” Warren said. “But at the same time making clear to people that they have very limited coverage and that they may have options available to them that are both more affordable and that give them much better protection.”

Asked whether Obama can make the change without Congress, Warren said, “He’s got some capacity in the transition to try to smooth it out.” Obama made the proposal when he did to preempt a Friday vote on a House Republican proposal, which was gaining some Democratic support, that would not only allow existing customers to keep their cancelled plans but would allow new people to buy those plans.

A day after Obama acknowledged that the administration “fumbled the rollout” of the health care law, Warren said similarly that “there’s clearly been a problem with the rollout.” The other major issue that has plagued the rollout has been problems with healthcare.gov, the national website that controls many of the states’ new health insurance exchanges, although not Massachusetts’. The administration has said the site, which went live Oct. 1, is expected to be working smoothly only by the end of November.

Warren said the site is “getting better.” “They tell us they’re going to have it basically completely functional by the end of the month,” she said. “And I think that’s going to be the key to it. It’s going to be the way that people without insurance are able to get health insurance, affordable health insurance, insurance that will cover them.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Massachusetts
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1 posted on 11/15/2013 8:54:18 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Squaw Warren dig heap deep hole.


2 posted on 11/15/2013 8:55:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Coming to the aid of their Party, err Leader.


3 posted on 11/15/2013 8:55:41 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Tailgunner Joe

And under what authority can he do that unilaterally, Geronigenius?


4 posted on 11/15/2013 8:56:08 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

white hag speak um fork tongue


5 posted on 11/15/2013 8:56:09 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: TigersEye
Squaw Warren dig heap deep hole.

Needs to be put in said deep hole.

6 posted on 11/15/2013 8:58:01 PM PST by doc1019 (Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened!)
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To: doc1019

Let all the Dems keep digging for a few months then fill it in.


7 posted on 11/15/2013 8:59:10 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

8 posted on 11/15/2013 8:59:15 PM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

They deserve each other.

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9 posted on 11/15/2013 9:01:21 PM PST by Mears (Liberalism is the art of being easily offended.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Been sippin’ fire water!


10 posted on 11/15/2013 9:04:06 PM PST by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
It must be noted that American politics has fallen so low that democrat leadership will lie brazenly and openly in the face of undeniable video and audio evidence. It is absolutely sickening to view this recent development.

Followers of brazen hacks like Hoyer, Pelosi, Reid, Durbin, Shumer, and the greatest brazen hack of them all, Obama, must reconcile and rationalize these new lies daily. At some point, support for this party of mendacity must decline. If it doesn't, your great free republic is doomed.

11 posted on 11/15/2013 9:04:26 PM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Democrats sit around constantly asking each what **lie** they can tell to make the public like them for another few minutes...


12 posted on 11/15/2013 9:05:22 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Fake black man, meet fake Indian.


13 posted on 11/15/2013 9:05:31 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Jeeze, you still on this?

Obama has fixed the problem by giving that press conference.

Now he bears zero responsibility for any canceled health care policy anywhere in USA. He told them its OK to keep them.

Now every thing that goes wrong is the greedy Health insurance companies fault.

(Liz) Warren in 2016 !

YES WE CAN!


14 posted on 11/15/2013 9:05:32 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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15 posted on 11/15/2013 9:06:53 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: tumblindice

Two people who surpassed Bubba on the fraud meter.


16 posted on 11/15/2013 9:07:08 PM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Carpetbagger Scott Brown just canceled the moving trucks for New Hampshire.


17 posted on 11/15/2013 9:09:40 PM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve heard if you fold the carton just right, the Land o’ the Lakes Indian maiden becomes bare-breasted. Of course I’ve never tried this myself ...


18 posted on 11/15/2013 9:10:27 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Politics: acting for ugly people. The more I know about these people, the more appreciation I have for my bulldogs.


19 posted on 11/15/2013 9:12:07 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I wonder if MSNBC’s Martin Bashir wants to p*ss and sh*t in Elizabeth Warren’s mouth like he does Sarah Palin’s.


20 posted on 11/15/2013 9:28:51 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“People of color” have to stick together, even if one of them is a honky.


21 posted on 11/15/2013 9:51:52 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Repeal ObamaScam NOW!!!)
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To: All

First of all, there are lots of three wheeled vehicles on the road.

Second, democrats really saw just how badly obama performed yesterday that they feel they have to go out and explain what he said.


22 posted on 11/15/2013 10:30:24 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I was listening to the car radio, tuned to the Libertarian talk-show host Jim Vicevich. A guy from Massachusetts called in, and referred to E Warren as *Hiawatha.*

I almost drove off the road I was laughing so hard.


23 posted on 11/16/2013 12:12:21 AM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

obama and thge rest know insrance co’s can’t just mnake this happen, so late in the year, their systems aren’ t geared to plans that will no longer exist, plus legally they can’t offer illegal plans even if fedgov says they wont prosecute. the court cases if payout/coverage issues arise would not be funny.


24 posted on 11/16/2013 12:55:19 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The communists here in the states will go all out for Warren in 2016 over Hillary...she is seen as the "corporate establishment" candidate to true believer DUhmmies.

"I'm here - the cavalry has arrived...DOH!"


25 posted on 11/16/2013 3:45:54 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: TigersEye

evil has another name


26 posted on 11/16/2013 3:57:56 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The Indians have spoken.

They back the great half white father in Washington.


27 posted on 11/16/2013 4:00:23 AM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Me likem big tax. Chief Obummer keep us on reservation. Me shootem arrow at Tea Party! Ugh!


28 posted on 11/16/2013 5:47:26 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: tumblindice

Great one dice.!


29 posted on 11/16/2013 5:48:00 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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