Senator Landrieu says Obamacare fix likely will require legislation

WASHINGTON Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:53pm EST

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) speaks during a news conference in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, August 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) speaks during a news conference in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, August 31, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu said on Thursday that President Obama's one-year delay for part of his health care reforms was a "good step forward" but legislation was probably still needed.

"We'll probably need legislation to make it stick," the senator from Louisiana told reporters. Obama said earlier he would allow insurers to renew for one year policies that were due to be canceled. Landrieu has a bill that would be more open-ended, allowing insurers to keep offering the old plans so long as they explain to consumers the difference between the old plans and benefits now available under Obamacare.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; editing by Jackie Frank)

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lawgone wrote:
More proof that politicians don’t live in the real world and make horrible business decisions. What Landrieu fails to understand is it took 3 years for insurers to comply with the law that she helped pass. Now she thinks they can pass a bill to “delay” what has already taken place giving insurers less then 30 days to turn around 3 years of work in order to save the Democrats from a political disaster. Its not as easy as that even IF insurers could do that in 30 days the states insurance commission would have to approve it and if that happens in the given time (less than 30 days) we’ll be right back in the same place a year from now. It doesn’t “fix” anything, it delays the inevitable…

Nov 15, 2013 10:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
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