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Reaction to Obama's remarks on health care

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Here is local reaction to President Obama's announcement about the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

"President Obama's attempt at political damage control today did absolutely nothing to provide relief for the damage already inflicted on individuals who already had health care coverage and the entire health care industry as a result of the Affordable Care Act.  If anything, the president only dug himself further into a hole by putting forth an unworkable proposal that will amount to nothing more than another broken promise.

"Following the president's announcement, both state insurance commissioners and insurers themselves rightfully expressed concerns about the feasibility of implementing the proposed change, the uncertainty it would create, and its effectiveness at addressing the underlying problems that are causing cancellation notices to be sent and premiums to skyrocket.  Even many Democrats in Congress have come forward saying the president's about-face is not adequate to reverse the train wreck that is Obamacare. 

"Instead of trying to shift blame and transfer ownership of this disastrous law, President Obama should accept reality and work with Congress to replace this law with commonsense, patient-centered reforms."

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

"Americans who have health insurance that they like should be able to keep it. Today's announcement is a step in the right direction that will remove some of the uncertainty people are facing right now, especially in light of the unacceptable failures of healthcare.gov. But a one-year fix is not enough, and we need to do more.

"I have been in touch with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina as well as Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, about how to give North Carolinians a choice to stay on their current plans. We still need to work towards a permanent solution so we do not simply kick the can down the road, which is why we need to pass the Landrieu bill that will give people certainty that they will not lose their current coverage. Right now North Carolinians need accountability, they need to be able to keep their current plans, and we need actual progress on getting healthcare.gov to work. I will continue to hold the Administration and insurance companies accountable."

 

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