King Obama Caves: Despite No Legal Authority to do so, Will Extend Health Plans for One Year After Shutting Down Government to Prevent It

Via the Washington Times:

President Obama said Thursday he will let Americans renew for one year any health plans that do not meet Obamacare’s coverage standards — a stark attempt to quell the political firestorm around his broken promise that those who like their insurance coverage can keep it under his signature law.

“I completely get how upsetting this can be for a lot of Americans, particularly after assurances they heard from me that if they had a plan they like, they can keep it,” Mr. Obama said, addressing the nation from the White House press briefing room. “To those Americans: I hear you loud and clear. I said I would do everything we can to fix this problem and today I’m offering an idea that will help do it.”

The announcement marked a clear change of course for the White House, which as recently as two weeks ago still was claiming that Americans were aware all along, or should have been aware, that their insurance policies could be canceled because they don’t comply with Obamacare’s standards.

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