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Obama announces patch to healthcare law

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President Obama is addressing the problems with the Affordable Care Act. He announced a patch to his healthcare law Thursday morning at the White House.

Senior White House officials confirm, President Obama is changing a key provision in the Affordable Care Act, allowing almost 5 million Americans to keep their current insurance policy.  The revision comes after widespread criticism that the President misled Americans about how the new law would work.

President Obama is changing a key provision in the Affordable Care Act, allowing almost 5 million Americans to temporarily keep their current insurance policy.  The revision comes after widespread criticism that the President misled Americans about how the new law would work.

On Wednesday, the administration released numbers showing enrollment was even lower than expected.  Just a little more than 106,000 people signed up during the first month. The government expected 80 percent more.

Republicans are much more critical.  Some say the disappointing numbers are proof the law should be repealed, replaced or delayed.

The Obama administration is hoping once the glitches in the enrollment system are fixed, many more people will sign up.

Senate Democrats and White House officials are meeting later today behind closed doors to discuss how the Affordable Care Act fix will be implemented.

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