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Sebelius: ‘No Specific Option Right Now’ To Help Millions Losing Health Plans

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on health insurance exchanges on Nov. 6, 2013 in the Dirksen Senate Office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on health insurance exchanges on Nov. 6, 2013 in the Dirksen Senate Office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that there is “no specific option right now” for the millions of Americans who are losing their health coverage due to President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Speaking at an event at an Atlanta medical center, Sebelius stated that the Obama administration is looking at options to help the people who are losing their coverage because it does not meet the minimum standard of the law.

“So we’re looking at a number of options where there may be an opportunity for that number of people to look at plans that they have right now. But there isn’t any specific proposal at the table immediately,” Sebelius said, according to Reuters.

At least 3.5 million Americans have been issued cancellations, but the exact number is unclear. Associated Press checks find that data is unavailable in a half the states.

Obama repeatedly stated that Americans would not lose their current health care plans under Obamacare, but the White House began walking that claim back this past week. In an interview with NBC News Thursday, the president personally apologized for people losing their health plans.

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” Obama told NBC News. “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is calling on the president to support a bill that would allow Americans to keep the coverage they like in the Keep Your Health Plan Act.

“If the president is sincerely sorry that he misled the American people, the very least he can do is support this bipartisan effort,” Boehner said.

The bill is expected to be voted on next week.

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