Pressure builds on White House for insurance fix

As some Democrats in the Congress signaled interest in supporting plans from both parties to honor the President's "if you like your insurance plan you can keep it" pledge, the White House still wasn't publicly indicating how it might deal with people who are losing their health insurance and having to pay more money for coverage.

"I'm not really going to discuss in any detail the options that the President might be considering," said White House spokesman Jay Carney, who was asked repeatedly by reporters what changes might be made.

"When he makes a decision, we'll let you know," Carney said.

There isn't much time for the White House to produce something, as the House will vote this Friday on a GOP bill that would basically take the Obama insurance pledge and turn that into a law - something that was starting to tempt rank and file Democrats.

"When folks were first introduced to the Affordable Care Act, they were promised that they could keep their current plan if they liked it," said Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), who became the first House Democrat to endorse the GOP's "Keep Your Health Plan Act."

"This bill is the most responsible, bipartisan approach to removing the insurance burdens many will face in 2014," the conservative Democrat from Georgia added.

Adding more fuel to the fire were comments from ex-President Bill Clinton, who pushed the current President to make a change, saying Mr. Obama should "honor the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got."

Democrats have grown increasingly edgy as stories surface daily about policy cancelations, like in California, where the state insurance commissioner said on Tuesday that over 1 million insurance policies have now been scrapped by insurance companies.

That was followed by an announcement by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), that she would get on board with a plan by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) that would also fulfill the President's pledge on insurance.

"Since the beginning of September, I have received 30,842 calls, emails and letters from Californians, many of whom are very distressed by cancellations of their insurance policies and who are facing increased out-of-pocket costs," Feinstein said in a statement, further evidence of Democrats looking to ease political pressure on them over the health law.

Republicans hope outrage over stories like that will draw a number of Democratic votes for the GOP plan in the House, as Republicans take the next few days to focus on continued troubles with and other implementation issues.

Two hearings are set for Wednesday, two more on Thursday; then the House will vote Friday on their "Keep Your Health Plan Act," as Democrats are getting squeezed more every day over the Obama health law.