Obama: I’m “Sorry” Americans Are Losing Health Insurance Under Obamacare

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 7, 2013   |   7:38PM   |   Washington, DC

Too little too late. That’s the feeling most Americans who have lost their health insurance under Obamacare will have about President Barack Obama apologizing this afternoon for those who have had their insurance plans canceled thanks to his government-run health care system.

“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 at the White House.

“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.”

The apology comes 10 days after NBC News’ Lisa Myers since the Obama administration admitted it knew since 2010 that millions of Americans could lose their insurance under the health care law. Obama has made repeated assurances that “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan.”

Charles Cooke of National Review put the apology into context: “Apologizing is all well and good, and yet Obama still finds himself in a tough position. It is one thing to apologize for the disaster that has been the technical rollout, and quite another to apologize for your own dishonesty.”

“This is to say that the president can say he’s sorry until kingdom come, but he still did what he did, and that doesn’t disappear simply because he’s acknowledged it. Moreover, it remains to be seen how this apology will play with the administration’s other messages: That they didn’t lie; that this is actually because of the insurance companies; that this is just Republican interference; that everybody knew all along that there would be some changes, etc. Were they lying about that, too? Or will normal service be resumed tomorrow?” he continued.

On Twotter other conservatives also had their own reactions to the president’s “apology.”