The insurance companies said they couldn't do it, especially after spending the last couple of years trying to craft policies to meet the requirements of his risky health-care scheme known as Obamacare.
But Obama had the heads of the insurance companies drop by the White House for a little chat (USAToday).
President Obama met Friday with a group of health insurance CEOs amid industry anxiety over the transition to new rules under Obamacare.
"We want to make sure that Americans have good, solid coverage that gives them the security they need for themselves and their family members if and when they get sick," the president told reporters as aides and the insurance executives sat around him.
The meeting came a day after Obama -- amid criticism from lawmakers as well as people who have had their insurance policies canceled -- announced that companies can continue providing coverage for a year under policies that don't meet new requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Insurance brokers, regulators and carriers told USA TODAY that Obama's announcement could cause chaos because they have been making plans based on legal demands that took effect Oct. 1.But it doesn't matter to Obama or the Democrats that these insurance companies have a business to run. Obama has his political hide to save, and the re-election fortunes of Democrats next year. So this is a way to bully them into changing plans on short notice, or else he can publicly blame the insurance companies for his failures.
I'm sure the meeting went along the same lines as when Don Corleone and Luca Brazzi met with the bandleader about Johnny Fontaine's contract and made him an offer he couldn't refuse.