United States President Barack Obama spoke to MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on Thursday and apologized to the 3.5 million people whose health insurance policies were canceled after the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare was implemented on October 1.
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said.
“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”
Answering Todd’s question if Americans would be able to trust their president again or not, Obama said he’ll be judged on the “overall” impact of healthcare program and not just on the insurance care issues.
“When you try to do something big like make our health care system better ... there are going to be problems along the way, even if ultimately what you're doing is going to make a whole lot of people better off, and I hope that people will look at the end product and they're going to be able to look back and say, you know what, we now have protections we didn't have before.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after Obama’s apology. He said the president “repeatedly misled” the American people when he promised they could keep their health care plan under Obamacare.
“If the president is sincerely sorry that he misled the American people, the very least he can do is support this bipartisan effort. Otherwise, this apology doesn’t amount to anything.”
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