(USA TODAY) -- President Obama has scheduled a meeting Friday with health insurance
industry CEOs, a day after announcing a plan to address Americans who have had policies canceled under the new health care law.
facing criticism even from fellow Democrats over problems with the
health care law, said Thursday that companies can continue providing
coverage for a year under policies that do not comply with new
Some insurance companies and state insurance officials have questioned the president's proposal.
Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans, said some new
policies have already been issued incorporating demands for a "broad
range of benefits" -- and allowing canceled policies to be extended for a
year would "destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for
Said Ignagni: "Premiums have already been set for next
year based on an assumption of when consumers will be transitioning to
the new marketplace."
The White House said Obama, senior aides,
and the CEOs will "discuss ways to work together to help people enroll
through the Marketplace and efforts to minimize disruption for consumers
as they transition to new coverage."