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'I am sorry' about loss of some health plans

Obama said he regretted that thousands of Americans may lose plans that they expected to keep 'based on assurances they got from me.'
/ Source: MSNBC TV

Obama said he regretted that thousands of Americans may lose plans that they expected to keep 'based on assurances they got from me.'

Obamacare regrets? This president has a few.

The commander-in-chief told NBC News’ Chuck Todd on Thursday he was sorry that hundreds of thousands of Americans’ health insurance plans were getting cancelled under his signature Affordable Care Act.

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based, based on assurances they got from me. We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this."

While selling Obamacare, the president frequently told Americans, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” Republicans have been hammering Obama for what they say is misleading the public.

That, coupled with the glitch-filled HealthCare.gov, has tarnished the debut of his health care program.

Obama’s remarks come as many Republicans and some Democrats are calling on the Obama administration to extend the open-enrollment period or delay the individual mandate in light of the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act. But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told senators on Wednesday that is not an option.

“People’s lives depend on this,” she said while testifying to the Senate Finance Committee, insisting there has been progress in the five weeks since the site launched.

“Delaying the Affordable Care Act wouldn’t delay people’s cancer, or diabetes or Parkinson’s…mental health services or cholesterol screenings or prenatal care. Delaying the Affordable Care Act doesn’t delay the foreclosure notices for families forced into bankruptcy by unpayable medical bills. It doesn’t delay the higher costs all of us pay when uninsured Americans are left with no choice but to rely on emergency rooms for care,” she added.