Obama: ‘I am sorry’ for healthcare coverage cancellations

Posted at 5:33 PM, Nov 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-07 19:33:40-05

(CNN) — President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday for repeatedly telling Americans that they could keep their health insurance plans, if they preferred, under the new federal health law he championed when, in fact, policies for millions of people are being canceled.

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he told NBC News in an exclusive interview.

“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this,” he added.

Obama’s comments come days after he attempted to clarify what he meant when he repeatedly assured Americans in previous years that they would be able to keep their plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Millions of people have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies in recent weeks.

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