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Obama allows people to keep non-compliant health insurance plans until 2016

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WASHINGTON, D. C. (WKOW) -- The Obama Administration will allow health insurance polices that don't meet the minimum coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act to be renewed until October 1, 2016.

Before this most recent delay was announced Wednesday afternoon, insurance companies would have been forced to cancel such polices beginning in October of this year. 

"These policies, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department, implement the health care law in a common-sense way by continuing to smooth the transition for consumers and employers, recognizing that in many cases a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work best," reads a statement put out the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), who has been an advocate of allowing consumers to keep their current policies, slammed the Obama administration nonetheless.

"Rather than admit that his health law has been a failure that continues to harm millions through lost coverage and higher premiums, President Obama has chosen to continue his strategy of delay," said Sen. Johnson in a statement.  "When in doubt, delay.  When unpopular, delay.  He is delaying this next bitter pill until after the midterm elections, a purely political act."

Senior administration officials estimate that 1.5 million Americans are still covered by such policies that don't meet Obamacare's minimum coverage requirements.
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