You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Obama’s health care turnabout perplexes insurers, policyholders

WASHINGTON — President Obama may have secured a measure of political relief for himself by allowing substandard insurance policies to be renewed for another year. But his abrupt about-face has triggered confusion and uncertainty for insurance companies and hundreds of thousands of policyholders, whose efforts to obtain coverage were thrown into limbo.

Obama’s announcement on Thursday caught health plan executives by surprise. It was a major policy rollback with complex implications for health insurance markets, upsetting carefully laid plans to move people from weak insurance to stronger insurance, as the 2010 Affordable Care Act requires.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week