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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.

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