Lawmakers push to keep Obama's health care pledge

Lawmakers push to keep Obama's health care pledge
This Oct. 17, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Little more than a week after millions of consumers received health care cancellation notices, lawmakers in both parties are pushing legislation to redeem President Barack Obama's pledge that anyone liking their coverage will be allowed to keep it under the nation's controversial new law.

The result is a stern new challenge for the White House as it struggles to fix website woes for the signup portal for those seeking to enroll under the law, and simultaneously copes with angry consumers who rightly or wrongly blame "Obamacare" for cancellation letters mailed by insurers.

A vote could come next week in the Republican-controlled House on legislation to let insurers continue selling individual policies that were in effect on Jan. 1, 2013, even if they fall short of coverage required by the law.

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