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Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan . . . For a Year

Proposed change comes amid intense bipartisan pressure for a health-law fix

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Obama's proposal Thursday followed the White House's release late Wednesday of a report revealing a disappointing number of health plan enrollments through the new federal and state online insurance exchanges.

Just over 106,000 Americans enrolled in health plans through the new marketplaces from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said during a news conference.

That figure includes people who have not yet paid their health-plan premium and, of those, only 26,794 enrolled through the troubled federal health marketplace HealthCare.gov.

Another 975,000 people have applied for coverage and received a determination of eligibility for coverage "and are currently still shopping for a plan," Sebelius said.

In addition, more than 396,000 people have been deemed eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, the report indicated.

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