Obama promises to 'smooth out' health care mess

Obama promises to 'smooth out' health care mess

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Terry McAuliffe campaign event at Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Sunday, November 3, 2013. McAuliffe is the Democratic nominee in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election. Obama won Virginia in 2008, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to get the states electoral votes since 1964, and again in 2012. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 5:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is expressing sympathy for Americans who are getting kicked off their health insurance plans, but says they were often getting "a very bad deal."

Obama says his health care plan is making the insurance market better for everyone, even though millions of Americans who buy individual plans have been receiving cancellation notices.

Obama told about 200 of his campaign supporters and health care activists Monday that he knows cancellation notices "can be scary for people." But he says virtually every insurer is offering newer, better plans.

He acknowledged that technical problems with the health care website to shop for insurance are making it tougher for people to find other plans. He says he's "not happy about it," but promised, quote, "We're going to smooth this thing out."

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