Sen. Mark Pryor signed on to co-sponsor the Affordable CareAct Promise Act Thursday. The bill was introduced Monday by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)and Joe Manchin (D-W.V). Thebill is an attempt to protect millions of Americans from being dropped fromtheir current insurance because it does not meet the guidelines set under theAffordable Care Act.
Pryorsaid in a statement the "common-sense bill" would grandfather thousands ofAmericans' health care plans.
"I've urged the White House to fix this administratively,but until that happens, this is the most reasonable solution. As I've said manytimes throughout this process, I will always work to find responsible solutionsto fix problems where they exist," Pryor said.
Congressman Tom Cotton's campaign, challenging Pryor's senateseat in 2014 released a statement demanding Senator Pryor vote to guarantee that peoplewho have insurance and want to keep it may do so.
"Recognition bySenator Pryor is long overdue that the disastrous Obamacare law that he playeda leading role in crafting is causing great harm to Arkansas families. Senator Pryor has voted in partisan lock-step with Harry Reid and PresidentObama on this issue. He lit the fire and now that it's hurting himpolitically, he's desperately reaching for the water hose," campaign manager JustinBrasell said.
President Obama said while pitching the ACA in 2009 thatAmericans could keep their insurance plans under the law. Earlier this week, hewas criticized for changing his wording, telling a crowd they could keep theirplans if it had not changed since the law passed.
Today the President apologized for Americans being droppedfrom their insurance, saying in an exclusive interview with NBC News he wassorry.
"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in thissituation based on assurances they got from me," he said. "We've gotto work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to doeverything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position asa consequence of this."
Channel 7 News' Matt Mershon reported Monday on Arkansan CherylMcGhee losing her insurance. McGheewas self-insured, but nearly two months ago her health insurance providerQualChoice sent her a letter.
"The letter stated that I had coverage until the end ofDecember 2014," said McGhee.
But after December 2014 QualChoice said her plan would beunavailable, citing the Affordable Care Act. The reason - her plan IQChoice plan doesn't cover all the new requirements under the ACA.
Matt Mershon contributed to this report.