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RI politicians react to Obamacare apology

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis


What started out as a campaign promise:

"If you like your plan...you can keep your plan," said President Obama.

Has ended in a presidential apology:

"I am sorry, that they are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me," the President added.

Fellow Democrats, including the Rhode Island delegation, say the President did the right thing after major computer malfunctions stalled the health care signups.

"Well I am glad that the President took responsibility and did make the apology that he made," said Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI).

"It's more important to move forward and get the site working for everyone and get everyone signed up," said Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).

The Obamacare website has crashed numerous times, and then it was revealed that only six Americans - that's right - only six, were able to sign up for health care on day one.


ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "One problem for the White House is that Obamacare is no longer just a health policy. It's in danger of becoming a political liability."

"This is his way of backpedaling," said State Rep. Doreen Costa (R–RI).

Republicans are not buying the Presidential apology and plan on making Obama care a huge 2014 campaign issue.

"This thing needs to be 100 percent abolished. And start from the beginning because it's my understanding that between 3 and 4 million people have already lost their health care insurance, and that's not acceptable," Republican Rep. Costa said..

Even Democrats know it could be used against their party in 2014.

"If they haven't gotten it fixed by election a year from now, than there should be hell to pay. But I think they are going to have it fixed as they say, by the end of November," said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

All Americans are supposed to be signed up for health care, by spring.


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