Obama: 'We Fumbled the Rollout of this Health Care Law' - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Obama: 'We Fumbled the Rollout of this Health Care Law'

Posted: Updated:
President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law. (File Photo) President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law. (File Photo)

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.

The administrative changes are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they could be extended if problems with the law persist. Obama announced the changes at the White House.

"This fix won't solve every problem for every person, but it's going to help a lot of people," the president said.

He acknowledged that "we fumbled the rollout of this health care law" and pledged to "just keep on chipping away at this until the job is done."

He also promised to work to regain the trust of the American people.

"I think it's legitimate for them to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general," he said.

Obama has been under enormous pressure from congressional Democrats to give ground on the cancellation issue under the health care overhaul, a program likely to be at the center of next year's midterm elections for control of the House and Senate.

It's unclear what the impact of Thursday's changes will be for the millions of people who have already had their plans canceled. While officials said insurance companies will now be able to offer those people the option to renew their old plans, companies are not required to take that step.

  • Top Videos

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • Your Health: Codeine and kids

    Your Health: Codeine and kids

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:43:50 GMT
    A new study shows that some doctors prescribe codeine to children despite warnings from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The latest research found emergency room physicians still hand out hundreds of thousands of codeine prescriptions for children every year, despite warnings that kids' responses to codeine vary wildly and the drug can cause an accidental overdose. According to an analysis of hospital survey data collected annually by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...More >>
    A new study shows that some doctors prescribe codeine to children despite warnings from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The latest research found emergency room physicians still hand out hundreds of thousands of codeine prescriptions for children every year, despite warnings that kids' responses to codeine vary wildly and the drug can cause an accidental overdose. According to an analysis of hospital survey data collected annually by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...More >>
  • Groundbreaking set for Birmingham Beltline

    Groundbreaking set for Birmingham Beltline

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:29:37 GMT
    Officials are breaking ground near Birmingham on a 52-mile road that would complete a perimeter highway around Alabama's largest metropolitan area. Gov. Robert Bentley is among the leaders expected to be on hand Monday morning at a ceremony to mark the first phase of work on the Northern Beltline.More >>
    Officials are breaking ground near Birmingham on a 52-mile road that would complete a perimeter highway around Alabama's largest metropolitan area. Gov. Robert Bentley is among the leaders expected to be on hand Monday morning at a ceremony to mark the first phase of work on the Northern Beltline.
    More >>
  • Governor Bentley awards $1.7 million for highway safety programs

    Governor Bentley awards $1.7 million for highway safety programs

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:28:30 GMT
    Governor. Robert Bentley has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to sustain programs that make Alabama roads safer, reducing injuries and fatalities. The state’s nine regional traffic safety offices and the Alabama Department of Public Safety will use the funds to conduct extra traffic safety patrols and checkpoints targeting speeding, seat belt violations and drunken driving during peak travel times throughout...More >>
    Governor. Robert Bentley has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to sustain programs that make Alabama roads safer, reducing injuries and fatalities. The state’s nine regional traffic safety offices and the Alabama Department of Public Safety will use the funds to conduct extra traffic safety patrols and checkpoints targeting speeding, seat belt violations and drunken driving during peak travel times throughout...More >>
  • Gulf Shores teenager wanted for beach shooting turns himself in

    Gulf Shores teenager wanted for beach shooting turns himself in

    Monday, April 21 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-04-21 13:27:05 GMT
    Jermaine Cungious, turned himself in after a shooting on a public beach in Gulf ShoresJermaine Cungious, turned himself in after a shooting on a public beach in Gulf Shores
    A teenager wanted in connection with an April 16 shooting on a public beach in Gulf Shores that wounded another teen has turned himself into police.Jermaine Cungious, 18, turned himself in to Gulf Shores Police Saturday afternoon and has been transferred to the Baldwin County Detention Center in Bay Minette. Cungious is charged with reckless endangerment and Assault 2nd degree.Investigators say the Bay Minette teenager is accused of shooting 18 year-old Tommie Jackson of Spanish Fort during ...More >>
    A teenager wanted in connection with an April 16 shooting on a public beach in Gulf Shores that wounded another teen has turned himself into police.Jermaine Cungious, 18, turned himself in to Gulf Shores Police Saturday afternoon and has been transferred to the Baldwin County Detention Center in Bay Minette. Cungious is charged with reckless endangerment and Assault 2nd degree.Investigators say the Bay Minette teenager is accused of shooting 18 year-old Tommie Jackson of Spanish Fort during ...More >>
  • UA students help with Katrina documentary

    UA students help with Katrina documentary

    Monday, April 21 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-04-21 12:44:42 GMT
    A group of University of Alabama students is helping the U.S. Coast Guard on a documentary. That documentary looks at relief efforts in south Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. More >>
    A group of University of Alabama students is helping the U.S. Coast Guard on a documentary. That documentary looks at relief efforts in south Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. More >>
  • Standoff at fireworks stand in Huntsville

    Standoff at fireworks stand in Huntsville

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:39 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:39:25 GMT
    Police say standoff happened after a man in the store threatened employees.More >>
    Police say standoff happened after a man in the store threatened employees.
    More >>
  • ABI investigate shooting

    ABI investigate shooting

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:11:58 GMT
    Officers investigate a shooting in the parking lot of Papa Sias Sports Grille. Helena and Pelham police were on the scene around 8:30 Saturday. More >>
    Officers investigate a shooting in the parking lot of Papa Sias Sports Grille. Helena and Pelham police were on the scene around 8:30 Saturday. More >>
  • Fairfield police: burned body dumped at house, crime committed elsewhere

    Fairfield police: burned body dumped at house, crime committed elsewhere

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:02:53 GMT
    The burned body found in a the backyard of a Fairfield house has not been identified. But police say it was a woman. They also believe there is another crime scene.More >>
    The burned body found in a the backyard of a Fairfield house has not been identified. But police say it was a woman. They also believe there is another crime scene.More >>