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Obama Tweaks 'You Can Keep Your Plan' as Obamacare Wobbles

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By Michael Mullins   |   Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 12:00 PM

President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act pledge that "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan" continues to evolve as his poll numbers plummet.

Following last month's abysmal website launch, Obamacare further shocked the already divided American public when reports surfaced of millions of people having to change their health insurance plans. Insurance companies changed their coverage due to Obamacare, CNN reported.

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The news contradicted Obama's pledge, which he has repeated as both a candidate in 2008 and throughout his presidency thus far.

In the past two weeks, however, the president has "tweaked" his initial pledge, CNN noted.

On Monday, speaking before the pro-Obama Organizing for Action group, the president acknowledged that some people would have their policies cancelled by insurers.

"While virtually every insurer is offering new, better plans and competing for these folks' business, I realize that can be scary for people if you just get some notice like that," Obama said.

"If you had or have one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really like that plan, what we said was, you could keep it if [it] hasn't changed since the law's passed," Obama said. "You're grandfathered in."

CNN reported that Obama then acknowledged that insurance companies still retained the power to change the plan themselves.

The clarification is reminiscent of a 2009 exchange between the president and CNN's Jake Tapper, when he was a White House correspondent for ABC. Tapper confronted the Commander-in-Chief over his Obamacare pledge.

"Well, no, no, I mean – when I say if you have your plan and you like it and your doctor has a plan, or you have a doctor and you like your doctor that you don't have to change plans, what I'm saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform," Obama told Tapper.

However the president decides to present his plan, his job approval rating has hit an all-time low of 39 percent in the latest Gallup poll.

Nearly a year ago — the week before Christmas — his approval rating was close to 60 percent.

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