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but then insurance companies started cancelling nearly five million policies because those policies don't meet the higher standards of the affordable car act. the outcry has been getting louder by the day. here was the president on this day. >> i completely get how upsetting this can be for a lot of americans, particularly after assurances they heard from me that if they had a plan that they liked, they could keep it. and to those americans, i hear you loud and clear. i said that i would do everything we can to fix this problem, and today i'm offering an idea that will help do it. >> pelley: and with that, he announced a reversal. he will now allow insurance companies to reinstate those canceled policies at least for one year. mr. obama also took the hit today for the failed rollout of his health insurance web site. chief white house correspondent major garrett made news when he scheduled the president whether he knew about the trouble ahead.
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>> reporter: you were informed or several people in this building were informed two weeks before the launch of the web site that it was failing the most basic tests internally, and yet a decision was made to launch the web site on october 1. did you regret that? >> on the web site i was not informed directly that the web site would not be working, the way it was supposed to. had i been informed i wouldn't be going out saying, "boy, this is going to be great." you know, i'm accused of a lot of things, but i don't think i'm stupid enough to go around saying, "this is going to be like shopping on amazon or travelocity" a week before the web site opens if i thought it wasn't going to work. >> reporter: we also asked how the president could make this promise while promoting the health care law. >> if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. no one will be able to take that away from you. it hasn't happened yet. it won't happen in the future. >> reporter: do you know believe, sir, the american people deserve a deeper, more
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transparent accountability from you as to why you said that over and over? >> there's no doubt that the way i put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. >> reporter: the president then referred to obamacare's so-called grandfather clause, which allowed consumers to keep their policies unless insurance companies made a significant change. >> my working assumption was that the majority of those folks would find better policies at lower cost or the same costs in the marketplaces, and that the universe of folks who potentially would not find a better deal in the marketplaces, the grandfather clause would work sufficiently for them. and it didn't. that's something i deeply regret because it's scary getting a cancellation notice. >> reporter: did you decide, sir, the simple declaration was
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something the american people could handle, but the nuanced stance you just gave was something they couldn't handle and you didn't truff the american people with the full truth? >> no, my expectation was for 98% of the american people, either it genuinely wouldn't change at all, or they'd be pleasantly surprised with the options in the marketplace. and that the grandfather clause would cover the rest. that proved not to be the case. and that's on me. >> reporter: the president said healthcare.gov will work for most consumers by the end of this month, but he would not guarantee the web site would work smoothly for everyone all the time. it will work better than it did on october 1, the president said, noting somewhat sarcastically, scott, "that's a pretty low bar." >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. major, thank you. the president cannot order insurance companies to restore these canceled plans, and their
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response today has been skeptical. their trade group said that changing now would destabilize the market and increase premiums. state insurance commissioners also expressed doubts. carter evanscarter evans our los newsroom is looking into this. >> reporter: scott, we called half a dozen insurance companies today, including blue cross and etma, and they say they don't know how they're going to implement the president's suggested fix, or even if they can. customers have questions, too. natalie willes' insurance was basic but it was cheap. kaiser canceled it because it did not meet obamacare requirements, so she was anxious to call her insurer to get it reinstated. >> what information did you receive? >> the details have not been worked out. >> reporter: they told her to call back in a week. >> i don't want to believe the worst-case scenarios about the affordable care act. i don't want to believe it's going to compromise the quality of my health care, i really don't. but when things like this keep happening it makes it difficult for me to be confident things
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will not get worst. >> reporter: reinstating canceled policies will not be easy. insurance companies will have to contact people whose policies were canceled, then explain coverage options, get state regulators to approve new premiums, and finally process customer policies. many of the people whose policies were cancel read young and healthy, like natalie willes. a one-year extension could keep them out of obamacare. that's important because their premiums help paid of pay to treat patients with expensive health problems. what does your gut tell you? do you think you'll be able to get your old plan back. >> no, i really don't. >> reporter: one million people in california got cancellation notices and they may now get a second chance with those policies. but scott, today, washington state's insurancstate's commisse will not comply with the changes. >> pelley: on capitol hill, nancy cordes tells us democrats who have been pressuring the president to allow americans to keep their insurance are calling
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his plan a welcome first step. house republicans plan to vote tomorrow on a bill that would allow insurers not only to reinstate the canceled substandard plans but to continue to sell them to new customers. today, the u.s. aircraft carrier "george washington" arrived in the philippines. its 21 helicopters will deliver food and water after typhoon haiyan destroyed buildings and infrastructure there. thousands of people were killed. the exact number is not known. seth doane is in tacloban, the city hardest hit. >> reporter: utility workers in tacloban were back on the job today, but not restoring power. they were still cleaning up. it was the same all over town. almost a week after the typhoon tore through the philippines, very little has changed. how high was the water in here? >> almost 15. >> reporter: 15 feet high the water was? >> yes. >> reporter: ronald calipayan
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was sorting through the mess at home, but most of what was there wasn't even his. it had floated here from his neighbor's. you say you're back to zero. how do you start again gidon't know, because my little business, also wash out. >> reporter: his small electronics shop was ruined. now his family must scavenge for every meal. ronald's 14-year-old nephew, kenji, said he'd been forced to join the looters. did you feel bad about doing that? >> i feel bad a little. >> reporter: why did you do it? >> because if we don't have any food. >> reporter: despite the huge relief effort under way, none of it had made it to their neighborhood. and what do you think about in these nights when you go to bed after this typhoon? >> so hard to explain. but i feel sad for everything. >> reporter: kenji's mother, ronilda, could barely talk about it. when the storm hit, she couldn't find her children.
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>> and i don't want to recall what happened to us, especially what happened the day my kids are not with us. >> reporter: her children were safe. she lost almost everything else, today cleaning off the few family photos she could find, there was also a gift from her mother. what's that? >> this is the only earrings i have. >> reporter: did you just find them. you just found one of them? >> yes. >> pelley: and seth doane is joining us in tacloban tonight. seth, we're hearing a lot about food aid headed to the philippines. are you seeing any of it arrive? >> reporter: well, scott, it really depends on which neighborhood you're in. we have started to see people lining up for that aid, but most of the people we talk with say, "we have not received any aid. it has not gotten to our neighborhood." >> pelley: what's holding the supplies up? >> well, a number of things.
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certainly those do you understand trees and power lines, many of the roads, 99 in the middle of the city here, are still impassable. you also have this issue with these armed gangs. we still have security guards heavily armed troops on many street corners here. >> pelley: seth doane in tacloban, thank you, seth. the woman in line to become america's top banker gives her assessment of the economy. the captain of a commercial jetliner announces, "we're going down." and why did the feds crush six tons of ivory when the cbs evening news continues. across america people are taking charge of their type 2 diabetes with non-insulin victoza®. for a while, i took a pill to lower my blood sugar, but it didn't get me to my goal. so i asked my doctor about victoza®. he said victoza® is different than pills. victoza® is proven to lower blood sugar and a1c.
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given cbs news access to newly enhanced dallas police recordings that tell the story of that day from beginning to end. here's bob schieffer. >> reporter: between the hisses and the crackles, the story of that fateful day is captured on recordings from the dallas police department. >> approaching downtown dallas now. >> it's kind of a soundtrack. it points to the silent films that we're all used to seeing of the crowds in dallas and then the tragedy in dealey plaza. >> reporter: larry sabato is the author "the kennedy half century." people just couldn't get enough of it. >> the crowds were enormous. >> reporter: crowds a dozen rows deep were eager to see the young, stylish first couple. >> the crowd on main street's in real good shape. >> reporter: at about 12:30 p.m., as the president's limousine turned on to elm
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street, the police chatter turned from routine to urgent. >> of >> reporter: sireps can be heard as the motorcade races the four miles to parkland hospital. >> i believe the president's head was practically blown off. >> reporter: it was the first real assessment of just how seriously the president had been hurt. back at dealey plaza, the search for whoever killed the president and wounded texas governor john connally focused on a seven-story brick building. >> get men up there to cover this texas book depository building. >> reporter: the suspect turned out to be lee harvey
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oswald. he had taken a bus and a cab to his rooming house, picked up a jacket and pistol, then headed out again. he was walking down the street, and police officer j.d. tippett called him over to his police car and she shot him at pointblank range. >> it was a horrible act and certainly not the act of an shouldn't person. >> reporter: now oswald was wanted for two murders. he was on the run but not for long. >> i have information that a suspect just went in the texas theater on west jefferson opinion. >> 10-4. >> he's supposed to be hiding in the balcony. >> reporter: the police found him sitting in the rear of the theater. >> the suspect has been apprehended at texas theater and en route to the station. >> reporter: aboard air force one, still on the ground in dallas, another drama was unfolded. >> we have information now that judge sarah hughes is leaves parkland to swear president johnson in. >> with jackie kennedy at his
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side, lyndon baines johnson took the oath as the 36th president of the united states, and air force one, now carrying two presidents, took off for washington, d.c. >> we don't need anything. >> reporter: they cleaned up the scene but could never erase the painful memories preserved forever on the dallas police rordings of november 22, 1963. bob schieffer, cbs news. dallas. >> pelley: if you'd like to hear more of these recordings, we have a link to them at cbsnews.com. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs and then when you get up -- can i play? captioned by media access group at wgbh no! you don't even get football. [ male announcer ] when you've got 100% fiber optic fios, you get it. america's fastest,
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