WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — President Barack Obama altered his health care promise on Monday evening in a speech to about 200 of his campaign supporters and health care activists, claiming “what we said was” you can keep your health care plan “if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed.”

Obama regularly promised that Americans could keep their heath care plans under Obamacare, many times emphasizing the point with a “period.” However, he never included the very important “if” that he added on Monday.

The president also sympathy for Americans who are getting kicked off their health insurance plans, but says they were often getting “a very bad deal.”

Obama says his health care plan is making the insurance market better for everyone, even though millions of Americans who buy individual plans have been receiving cancellation notices.

Obama said he knows cancellation notices “can be scary for people.” But he says virtually every insurer is offering newer, better plans.

Obama on His Obamacare Promise: What We Said Was You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan If…

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He acknowledged that technical problems with the health care website to shop for insurance are making it tougher for people to find other plans. He says he’s “not happy about it,” but promised, quote, “We’re going to smooth this thing out.”

 

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)