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Already people who have plans that pre-date the Affordable Care Act can keep those plans if they haven't changed. That was already in the law. That's what's called a grandfather clause that was included in the law. Today we're going to extend that principle both to people whose plans have changed since the law too effect and to people who bought plans since the law took effect.
So state insurance commissioners still have the power to decide what plans can and can't be sold in their states, but the bottom line is insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be cancelled into 2014. And Americans whose plans have been cancelled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan.
We're also requiring insurers to extend current plans to inform their customers about two things: One, that protections -- what protections these renewed plans don't include. Number two, that the marketplace offers new options with better coverage and tax credits that might help you bring down the cost.
Q: Thank you, Mr. President. You say, while the law was being debated, if you like your plan you can keep it. You said, after the law was implemented or signed, if you like your plan you can keep it. Americans believed you, sir, when you said that to them over and over.Do you not believe, sir, the American people deserve a deeper, more transparent accountability from you as to why you said that over and over when your own statistics published in the Federal Register alerted your policy staff -- and, I presume, you -- to the fact that millions of Americans would in fact probably fall into the very gap you're trying to administratively fix now? That's one question.PRESIDENT OBAMA:With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think -- you know, and I've said in interviews -- that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law but it was insufficient.
QUESTION: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is quoted in a lengthy interview with Time Magazine as saying – and I’m going to read the exact quote because I think it’s interesting. He was asked, “What happens if Congress imposes new sanctions even if they don’t go into effect for six months?” And he is quoted as replying, quote, “The entire deal is dead. We do not like to negotiate under duress. And if Congress adopts sanctions, it shows a lack of seriousness and a lack of a desire to achieve a resolution on the part of the United States. I know the domestic complications and various issues inside the United States, but for me, that is no justification. I have a parliament. My parliament can also adopt various legislation that can go into effect if negotiations fail, but if we start doing that, I don’t think we will be getting anywhere.” Close quote.
I know that the White House last week made clear that it does not want Congress to pass additional sanctions.
MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.
QUESTION: Does the Administration concur with Foreign Minister Zarif’s view that if the U.S. Congress passes sanctions, even those that are delayed – whose implementation would be delayed six months, that the deal is dead?
MS. PSAKI: Well, it takes several partners for a deal to be dead. But I will say --
QUESTION: I thought it only took one.
MS. PSAKI: Well, I should say there are several partners that participate in this, so it’s not up to the United States to decide, is probably the more accurate way of saying it. We have – we do feel that putting new sanctions in place during the course of negotiations, even those that are delayed, would be counterproductive. It could unravel the unity of the P5+1. It could certainly put the negotiations that we have all worked so hard on that we believe is the best chance we’ve had in a decade to achieve a peaceful outcome at risk. And that’s why, as you all know, the Secretary is going to be going up to Capitol Hill tomorrow to testify before the House, and he will certainly be making that point.
Now, on the flip side, he will also be conveying that if the Iranians fall back on any part of their – of the agreement, if they don’t abide by the agreement or they violate it, then we would certainly be leading the charge to put more sanctions in place. So the ask here is to hold off on putting new sanctions in place while we’re pursuing a comprehensive agreement because we feel this is the best chance to pursue a diplomatic outcome.