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White House sidesteps on Obamacare change

Marilyn Tavenner, Medicare chief, encouraged consumers to log on to the government’s website and check it out.
Marilyn Tavenner, Medicare chief, encouraged consumers to log on to the government’s website and check it out.Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Under growing pressure, the administration refused repeatedly to state a position Tuesday on legislation formalizing President Obama’s oft-stated promise that people who like their existing coverage should be allowed to keep it under the new health care law.

Senate Democrats spoke dismissively of the proposals, signaling they have no intention of permitting a vote on the issue that marks the latest challenge confronting supporters of Obamacare.

An earlier controversy appeared to be ebbing on a law that has generated more than its share of them. Even so, one supporter of the health care law, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, good-naturedly told an administration official, “Good luck getting through this mess.”

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