During a press conference at the White House today, President Barack Obama admitted that estimated 5 million cancellations of Americans’ health care due to Obamacare were his fault — saying “that’s on me.”
“There is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate,” Obama said of his pledge that if Americans have an insurance plan that they like, they could keep it under Obamacare. “It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law, but it was insufficient.”
“My working assumption was that the majority of those folks would find better policies at lower costs or the same costs in the marketplaces, and that [for] the universe of folks who would not find better deals in the marketplace, the grandfather clause would work sufficiently for them,” he said. “And it didn’t.”
“My expectation was that, for 98 percent of the American people, either it generally wouldn’t change at all or they’d be pleasantly surprised with the options in the marketplace, and the grandfather clause would cover the rest,” he said.
Obama also told reporters no one told him of the problems with the web site.
“I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity [if he’d known the site wouldn’t work],” Obama told reporters.
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“We’re going to have to ask ourselves some hard questions inside the WH about why we didn’t see more of these problems coming,” he said. “This is very complicated.”