Obama: 'We Fumbled the Rollout'
Offers a mea culpa while announcing that people can keep canceled policies after all
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2013 11:40 AM CST
President Obama speaks about the health care law Thursday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – The advance stories were right: President Obama today indeed made good on his once-broken promise to let people who like their insurance policies keep them—at least for another year, reports the AP. "As I indicated earlier, I completely get how upsetting this can be for Americans," he said at a press briefing. "I hear you loud and clear." His proposal allows insurers to keep offering plans that were supposed to be canceled this year under the new ObamaCare standards. He also offered his strongest criticism yet of his own administration's handling of the Affordable Care Act. "We fumbled the rollout," he said. "That's on me." Later, he added, "I am not a perfect man, and I will not be be a perfect president."

The administrative fix “won’t solve every problem for every person, but it’s going to help a lot of people,” said Obama. He added that he's willing to work with Congress on other changes, notes Politico. Afterward, John Boehner said he plans to move ahead anyway with a vote tomorrow on a legislative fix for the cancellation problem, reports the New York Times. Not that he wouldn't like to take it a step further: "The only way to fully protect the American people is to scrap this law once and for all," he added. At his briefing, the president also said he would have postponed the rollout of HealthCare.gov had he been informed of its problems. He would not have been "stupid enough" to talk about how easy it was going to be to use had he been aware, he said. Read the transcript here.