President Obama is sorry about all those cancelled health insurance policies "¦ or mostly sorry, anyway.
Obama apologized Thursday for the disruption and confusion caused by millions of plan cancellations, but stuck to the argument that most people who lose their policies will be better off without them.
"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he said in an interview with NBC News.
Obama pledged repeatedly throughout the health care debate that "if you like your plan, you can keep it." In reality, though, the Affordable Care Act made it extremely difficult to keep plans that were in place before the law passed.
"I meant what I said, and we worked hard to make sure we implemented it properly. But obviously we didn't do a good enough job," Obama said.
Millions of consumers are now receiving cancellation notices, as insurers quit offering policies that don't comply with the health care law's requirements. And Obama's if-you-like-it-you-can-keep-it pledge isn't holding up very well.
Although the president apologized, he largely stuck to the White House's argument that these cancellations are not a substantive problem for the people receiving them. Democrats have said most people will be getting an "upgrade," and Obama reiterated that view to NBC's Chuck Todd.