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Utah lawmakers say President's fix isn't enough

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Six weeks into the botched rollout of healthcare.gov, President Obama admits he dropped the ball.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Six weeks into the botched rollout of healthcare.gov, President Obama admits he dropped the ball.

Facing growing opposition from even his own party, Obama unveiled a fix to one of the key components of his new health care law.

It allows those who were going to lose their plan, because of the Affordable Care Act, to stay with it for up to a year.

"Insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be cancelled into 2014 and Americans whose plans have been cancelled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan," said Obama.

Democratic Congressman, Jim Matheson of Utah, who voted against the Affordable Care Act to begin with says this fix is too little too late.

He's supporting a bill that will be up for a vote in the House Friday.

He says that bill would stick the President to his original promise, if you like your plan, you keep your plan.

"While I did not support the act for a number of reasons, I think we ought to hold the standard accountable in terms people can keep their plan if they want to," said Matheson.

Governor Gary Herbert has similar thoughts.

"Never did they invite Governors or states to participate in the discussion, so it was very partisan in the beginning, it's partisan today," said Herbert.

Thursday, he addressed the President's latest move, to extend plans an extra year at his monthly news conference.

He says other key components need fixing as well.

"The promises of reduction of costs are not being honored. He said were going to reduce the premiums by $2,500, the premiums have gone up on average by $2,500," said Herbert.

The President insists the promises will be met over time.

"We're just going to keep on chipping away at this until the job is done," said Obama.

Some republicans are calling the fix a political move, clearing democrats of heat from the Affordable Care Act for next years mid term election.

When asked that question, the White House Chief of Staff insisted it's about affordable health care, not elections.

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