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How Obama Changed His Obamacare Promise

Posted at 11:10 AM, Nov 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-05 11:10:48-05
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Washington (CNN) – President Obama continues to refine his signature promise in selling the Affordable Care Act back in 2009 and 2010.

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” he said back then.

But that simple pledge has had to change as the Affordable Care Act has been implemented and a small percentage of Americans, albeit millions of people, have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies. And for the second time in two weeks, he’s tweaked the line.

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When President Obama spoke Monday night to a group of supporters, he said: “While virtually every insurer is offering new, better plans and competing for these folks’ business, I realize that can be scary for people if you just get some notice like that.”

“If you had or have one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really like that plan, what we said was, you could keep it if hasn’t changed since the law’s passed,” added Obama.

“You’re grandfathered in,” although he again noted insurance companies had the power to change it themselves.

The President made his comments in an address to Organizing for Action, the pro-Obama group formed from the President’s 2012 re-election campaign.

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