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President Obama Announces Change in Affordable Care Act

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White House officials seem to have calmed democrats on Capitol Hill, after getting an earful from them earlier this week.

The President pledged a "fix" to keep his promise to let people keep their health care plans.

"We're gonna get it right, and the Affordable Care Act is going to work for the American people," the President said.

But, some people who have already had their plans canceled are skeptical the President can deliver.

"It was nice to hear him acknowledge there had been a mistake, but I'm still feeling uneasy," said Steve Brown, whose insurance has been cancelled. "He essentially ordered insurance companies to send another letter."

Some Democrats are still cautious. Seven Senators have joined Senator Mary Landrieu's plan that would let people keep their insurance coverage indefinitely -- not just for another year. "The president's guidance was welcome and well-received. We may still have to fashion some legislation, and we're going to continue to work in that regard,"

Landrieu's plan is stalled for now, as democratic leadership gives the president's alternative some breathing room.

The big test will come later Friday, when the U.S. House of Representatives votes on a proposal by Republican Congressman Fred Upton, which would let people keep their coverage, and it would also let anyone buy low-coverage plans.

Democrats say that would undermine the Affordable Care Act, but with mid-term elections just over the horizon, they may feel compelled to vote in favor of the Upton plan.

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