A rush to resolve heath care options

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According to a report in POLITICO this morning if people whose health insurance was canceled under Obamacare this year don’t line up new coverage this month, the Obama administration could face a political nightmare. More people could have lost coverage than gained it when the health law benefits begin on Jan. 1.

That’s by no means a certainty; the sign-up website is doing better, some insurance carriers are extending plans instead of canceling them, and there are millions more uninsured people who stand to get covered than there are covered people facing plan cancellations. Medicaid sign-ups are also running strong.

Still, the estimated 4 million to 5 million — there are no official numbers, just industry guesstimates — getting plan cancellation notices have had a giant media megaphone, a Republican chorus and a story to tell about how President Barack Obama broke a promise that if they liked their health plans, they could keep them. And some of them need to get new coverage before the first of year.

That’s put a lot of pressure on closing that potential coverage gap by Dec. 23, the last day people can sign up for Obamacare coverage that starts Jan. 1. Here are some of the options for people facing plan cancellations. More…

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.