October 30th, 2013
12:10 AM ET

Can President Obama keep his promises on health care?

Many Americans who want to keep their current insurance coverage are now finding out that they can't. Did President Obama know this would happen when he was selling the Affordable Care Act? Should he have known? Former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean debates those questions with the Faith and Freedom Coalition President Ralph Reed.


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  1. Deborah

    When are you going to do real reporting again? Why aren't you putting the truth out to combat the GOP lies on the ACA. What their beloved Reagan really did to our economy and social security. How Paul Ryan's goal is really turning Medicare into an ACA system that they say is a failure. Quit trying to be neutral and expose the lies tell America what the GOP tea party are really trying to do. Like Poor farms orphanages and slavery if they could get away with it. We have given them 30 years of their trickle down theory. I know of no one that has helped. I guess because I'm not a wall street fat cat.

    October 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  2. Ronald Bowman

    Please be fair. Stop referring to the Affordable Care Website as being "down" when that is not known or likely not even true. The message from that site apologizing for not being available does not necessarily mean the site is out of commission - only that it is not available at the time. Possibly it is actually not working, but it might well be simply overloaded due to heavy traffic (a KNOWN problem). The difference is very important and should be made clear. Assuming it is in some way broken rather than just unable to handle the volume, at that time, is a crucial oversight. In failing to even try to clear up the confusion, you are FAILING to provide proper news.

    Please live up to your, and CNN's claims of fair and in-depth news reporting! Keep (at least start) mentioning that the subject website is either 1) possibly overloaded or 2) possibly not able to work at all (perhaps undergoing an upgrade).

    October 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  3. Jason Breitbarth

    I live and work in Russellville, AR. In Arkansas, a state that is complying with the ACA, my company has decided, since our previous plan couldn't meet the requirements of the ACA, they are dropping our plan health insurance on January 1st, 2014. It will still offer vision and dental. This is ludicrous because any plan bought on the Marketplace would include both vision and dental. I don't blame the ACA. I blame my company. To save a buck, they decided to send a clear message to their employees. That message: "WE DON"T CARE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE CARE ONLY ABOUT OUR WALLET.
    My "Open Enrollment" packet is a single page, front and back, telling me to seek insurance from healthcare.gov because the currently offered plan does not meet ACA standards. They have seen this coming for over 4 years and they couldn't have a better plan than, "YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN." I've always been disappointed with the company I've been with for 4 years. This just makes it worse. On one hand, I do NOT count this a a promise broke by Obama. Private business can do what it wants with little to no punishment. On the other hand, if the administration had NOT allowed the "50 employees or more mandate" to be postponed a year, I wouldn't be here. Also, when it is put into effect, the penalties might not outweigh the action of refusing to offer insurance. Companies might save more than half the cost of premiums, by not offering insurance and just pay the penalties to the government.

    October 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  4. Ashley

    President Obama (which I support) also did not take into consideration that some companies would no longer cover spouses.. therefore they would NOT be able to "keep their current coverage if they liked it"... I am for the ACA because I think that it had good intentions. However my family will now have to pay literally double the insurance premiums since my job (the now uncovered spouse) charges the same amount for a single individual as my husbands job charges for the entire family.

    October 30, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • Ashley

      Not only will our insurance premiums double, my insurance is not near as good (increased deductibles as well as increased copays)

      October 30, 2013 at 10:42 am |

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