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Jay Carney admits people with 'substandard' coverage won't be able to keep it

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If you like your health care plan, you can keep it -- unless the Department of Health and Human Services doesn't like your health care plan, in which case Obamacare regulations will render it obsolete, according to President Obama's spokesman.

"It's correct that substandard plans that don't provide minimum services ... those are no longer allowed because the Affordable Care Act is built on the premise that health care is not a privilege, it's a right," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

Carney defended the "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan" pledge that Obama made throughout the legislative push for Obamacare, arguing that the refrain did not mislead Americans.

"What the president said and what everyone said all along is that there are going to be changes [made] by the Affordable Care Act that create a minimum standard," he said.

Carney had no response to a woman who told CBS, "What I have right now is what I am happy with and I just want to know why I can't keep what I have."

"Individual cases I cannot address," Carney replied when read that quotation.

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