Health Policies Canceled in Latest Hurdle for Obamacare


President Barack Obama talks about the error-plagued launch of the Affordable Care Act’s online enrollment website in the Rose Garden on Oct. 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Obamacare rollout is leading to the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of health insurance plans nationwide, contradicting President Barack Obama’s repeated pledge that people who like their coverage can keep it.

The notices started to arrive in recent weeks, compounding the political headaches for the White House from the troubled start of its health exchange, the federal website created to give millions of people access to new plans by Jan. 1.

The cancellations come as a result of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which says that health insurance policies that fail to offer added benefits, such as prescription drug coverage and free preventive care, can’t be sold after this year even if they’re cheaper. With the online site expected to face difficulties through November, Americans may have only weeks to find replacement coverage, and many may end up paying higher premiums…Continue Reading

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