November 02, 2013


White House Officials Worried About Insurance Pledge

As President Obama "pushed for a new federal health law in 2009, he made a simple pledge: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep your plan. But behind the scenes, White House officials discussed whether that was a promise they could keep," the Wall Street Journal reports.

"When the question arose, Mr. Obama's advisers decided that the assertion was fair... But at times, there was second-guessing. At one point, aides discussed whether Mr. Obama might use more in-depth discussions, such as media interviews, to explain the nuances of the succinct line in his stump speeches, a former aide said. Officials worried, though, that delving into details such as "the small number of people who might lose insurance could be confusing and would clutter the president's message."










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