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Obama rejigs his healthcare reforms as Republicans keep up the pressure to kill the programme

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Obama rejigs his healthcare reforms as Republicans keep up the pressure to kill the programme

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President Obama and the Democrats have finally agreed to make modifications to their flagship health reforms, but only because the huge project is having a difficult birth, and not to satisfy Republican demands.

“The roll-out has been rough so far, and I think everybody understands that I’m not happy about the fact that the roll-out has met with a whole range of problems that I’ve been deeply concerned about,” said Obama.

Part of the problem is that many with existing insurance policies do not want to lose their rights when they change, and when they do fear they will pay more. Another failure has been the scheme’s website, which has crashed frequently and is full of design shortcomings.

But sticking with the current system is not an option says Obama:

“Too often it works fine as long as you stay healthy; it doesn’t work well when you’re sick. That’s one of the reasons we pursued this reform in the first place, and that’s why I will not accept proposals that are just another brazen attempt to undermine or repeal the overall law, and drag us back into a broken system,” he insisted.

Many Republicans, who see this as state intrusion in the private medical sector, are determined to repeal Obamacare when they return to power, or make it unworkable through amendments and contesting it in the courts.