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Emanuel: Obamacare Much Better 'In Six Months'

Monday, 04 Nov 2013 01:52 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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In six months, Obamacare will be "much, much better," Dr. Zeke Emanuel, the "architect" of the healthcare-reform program, said Monday. The rollout, he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," marks the beginning of the "long game."

"I think everyone is worried about this quarter," Emanuel said. "In six months, it's going to be much, much better. And, by the time we have enrollment in 2014, it will be much better," he added.

Emanuel, the brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, is a former Obama health-policy adviser.

Part of the problem in the past month, Emanuel said , was that there wasn't "one person" with "one singular focus" in charge of the program's rollout.

The grandfather clause, which allows people to keep existing health insurance if it was purchased before the law was made law, was specifically included so that President Barack Obama could tell Americans if they liked their health insurance, they could keep it, he explained.

The president has come under fire as millions of people are losing current health coverage because it does not meet the new law's standards.

"We put the grandfathering clause in there precisely to make the president's statement true," he said.

Emanuel pointed to insurance companies, and not Obamacare, as the reason many people are losing health coverage.

"Who is making that change? The insurance companies," he said. "The law did not kick anyone off their plan. The law did not say you had to cancel those plans."


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