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Of course: Obama says insurance companies can reinstate canceled policies until after 2014 elections

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By Doug Powers  •  November 14, 2013 01:32 PM

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Then: If you like your plan you can keep your plan.

Now: If you like your plan you might be able to keep it until it’s worn out its election year usefulness.

President Obama had a somewhat surreal press conference today (the only thing missing was Yakety Sax playing in the background) during which he called for a sort of “Help Make My Lie Retroactively True Act of 2013.”

Obviously it’s not going to be as easy as waving a wand and suddenly insurance companies will retool to provide the same coverage for one more year only to be forced to discontinue those same policies in 12 months. However, the intent of this is to position Dems to be able to pin as much blame on insurance companies next year, and not the law. The insurance industry says Obama’s “fix” (is it even legal to do that?) is “entirely unworkable,” but again, that wasn’t really the point of Obama’s remarks today. This was mostly an attempt to quell dissension in the ranks and save 2014.

During the presser, Obama contradicted many things he’d previously stated. Here’s one:

Today: “We’re discovering that insurance is hard to buy.” (no joke… actual quote)

A few weeks ago: “Visit HealthCare.gov, and there you can compare insurance plans side by side, the same way you’d shop for a plane ticket on Kayak, or a TV on Amazon”:

I haven’t felt this confident since getting on an airplane one time and hearing a co-pilot say “I’ve never flown one with two engines before!”

If you missed Obama’s presser, which was like watching a deleted scene from Dr. Strangelove, here’s a brief summary:

**Written by Doug Powers

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