Obama Says He'll Allow Old Health Care Plans

U.S. President Barack Obama talks about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 14, 2013. Scrambling to fix flaws in his signature healthcare law, Obama on Thursday announced a plan to let insurance companies renew for one year the health plans for consumers whose policies would be otherwise canceled. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

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By Richard Pratt

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hears Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance "loud and clear" and is offering a fix.

Obama on Thursday announced that insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be cancelled.

The president noted that the first-month enrollment numbers in health care plans under his law are lagging and he isn't happy about it. He said that "we fumbled the roll-out" of the program. And he vowed to build a better health care system for every American and "get it right."

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

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