Canceled Policies Heat Up Health Fight

Louise Radnofsky & Timothy W. Martin

Problems surrounding the launch of the federal health-care law broadened Tuesday, as concerns that thousands of Americans are getting insurance-cancellation notices bubbled over at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Highlighting a growing number of such notices, Republicans trained their fire on President Barack Obama, who said in 2009, “If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” The president repeated that message numerous times before the law passed in 2010, and some Democrats said he had left them ill-prepared to respond to the latest charge, which follows the botched launch of the website intended to help Americans sign up for new policies.

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