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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Mike Kreidler
Cancelled and out-of-state insurance plans would be allowed in Washington under a Senate proposal heard in committee on Tuesday.
The tumultuous Beltway fight over Americans who lost their health plans because of Obamacare is shifting to the states, where regulators will decide whether to heed President Obama's proposal to let Americans renew their plans — or rebuff him to preserve the core mission of his signature law.
Conceding that he has "fumbled" the rollout to his signature health care reform law, President Obama on Thursday said he will use executive authority to craft a series of loopholes to allow some Americans to keep their insurance policies for at least another year.
Some insurance commissioners already have rejected President Obama's plan to allow Americans hold onto barebones health plans for another year, saying the move will undercut their attempts to build a balanced insurance system under the reforms.
When President Barack Obama announced in November he would leave it up to the states to decide whether to continue to offer some old plans for a while, Washington's Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he would not allow it.