In addition to the failed website launch, shortly after the exchange opened, an estimated 3.5 million individuals began receiving cancellation notices of their health plans. Rightly so, this frustrated and angered individuals who were promised they could keep coverage if they were already satisfied. When asked for a response, the president said earlier this month, “I regret that we weren’t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place… I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me”
This apology was too little, too late and didn’t sit well with Republicans and Democrats alike. In fact, even former President Clinton called upon President Obama for a solution, “I personally believe even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”
With millions of unhappy Americans whose plans were cancelled and after the announcement of very poor enrollment numbers, the president finally acknowledged the need to fix the cancelled coverage situation. During a press conference on Thursday, he offered yet another delay by saying insurance companies could continue offering plans next year that otherwise would have been cancelled under the law’s requirements.
During Thursday’s press conference at the White House, the president said, “There are all kinds of challenges, and I’m sure more challenges to come up.” Now I’m in favor of making the president stay true to his promises and helping him make changes to this broken law, but he cannot pick and choose which portions he wants to implement without consulting Congress. The legislative branch is responsible for passing and amending laws, and this authority must be preserved.
So far, Obamacare has experienced roadblocks and delays at every turn. With each problem, the president either refuses to take full responsibility or claims he wasn’t aware of the situation. America needs and deserves better leadership than that.