Quantcast

Obama announces patch to healthcare law - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Obama announces patch to healthcare law

Posted: Updated:

President Obama is addressing the problems with the Affordable Care Act. He announced a patch to his healthcare law Thursday morning at the White House.

Senior White House officials confirm, President Obama is changing a key provision in the Affordable Care Act, allowing almost 5 million Americans to keep their current insurance policy.  The revision comes after widespread criticism that the President misled Americans about how the new law would work.

President Obama is changing a key provision in the Affordable Care Act, allowing almost 5 million Americans to temporarily keep their current insurance policy.  The revision comes after widespread criticism that the President misled Americans about how the new law would work.

On Wednesday, the administration released numbers showing enrollment was even lower than expected.  Just a little more than 106,000 people signed up during the first month. The government expected 80 percent more.

Republicans are much more critical.  Some say the disappointing numbers are proof the law should be repealed, replaced or delayed.

The Obama administration is hoping once the glitches in the enrollment system are fixed, many more people will sign up.

Senate Democrats and White House officials are meeting later today behind closed doors to discuss how the Affordable Care Act fix will be implemented.

  • NationalMore>>

  • APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:57 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:57:11 GMT
    A U.S. Army War College official says the Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.
    The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college's provost said Tuesday.
  • Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

    Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:44:05 GMT
    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that's up 14 points since May.
    For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say...
  • Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children

    Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:55:34 GMT
    Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal...
    Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court...
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:57 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:57:11 GMT
    A U.S. Army War College official says the Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.
    The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college's provost said Tuesday.
  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:56:42 GMT
    Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead...
    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health...
  • $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:56:20 GMT
    A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
    The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.
  • HealthMore>>

  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:56:42 GMT
    Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead...
    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health...
  • $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:56:20 GMT
    A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
    The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.
  • Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:32:16 GMT
    The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it's now suspending flights to the two cities hardest hit by the disease.
    A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an...
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.