Boehner questions sincerity of Obama's apology to Americans

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November 8, 2013, 6:13 am
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(NBC News: Melissa Mollet) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is heading to Atlanta to try and win support for Obamacare, promising to make an "important announcement" about the president's signature healthcare law.

This, as President Obama spoke exclusively with NBC, apologizing to the American people for the failed rollout but saying he has faith in Secretary Sebelius, and ultimately, he is to blame for the problems.

The president apologized to the American people, saying he's frustrated and taking responsibility for the plan's failures.

He apologized to those now losing their current health plans because of the Affordable Care Act, despite repeated assurances from the commander in chief that would not happen.

"Obviously we didn't do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law. And that's something that I regret. That's something that we're gonna do everything we can to get fixed."

About 5-percent of the population, those who buy insurance on their own, are now at risk of being "forced off" their current policies because their plans have changed and don't meet the standards of the new healthcare law.

House Speaker John Boehner questions the president's sincerity, saying he wants to see him back upcoming legislation in the house aimed at allowing Americans to keep their existing health plans.

Boehner states in part:
"If the president is sincerely sorry that he misled the American people, the very least he can do is support this bipartisan effort. Otherwise, this apology doesn't amount to anything."

In the meantime, Sebelius will be in Atlanta Friday to speak at a mental health care symposium and medical center.

Her trip comes just days after a grilling by congress on the failures of the rollout and a Texas appearance by President Obama, where he visited with community groups working on enrollment and outreach efforts, attempting to repair the Affordable Care Act's image.

Friday, the president will be in Louisiana to tour the port of New Orleans to give a speech on economic development.

Tags: health care law, Obamacare, health and human services secretary, melissa mollet, ACA, kathleen sebeluis
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