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TODAY   |  November 08, 2013

Obama tells Chuck Todd he’s sorry’ for lost healthcare

In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, President Obama said he is sorry that, “based on assurances they got from me,” people lost their healthcare plans once the Affordable Care Act came into effect.

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>>> also ahead, our exclusive interview with president obama . he sat down with nbc's chuck todd and issued a direct apology for a big promise when it comes to the new health care law . chuck is at the white house this morning. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, matt. it's been a rough 40 days since the october 1st health care roll out that dominated much of the discussion i had with the president but we heard from him for the first time after the authors of the book double down revealed that his campaign team researched the idea of switching joe biden for hilary clinton .

>> i will start with health care . it's probably the most quoted thing or requoted thing you had said in your presidency.

>> if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period.

>> if you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it.

>> do you feel like you owe these folks an apology for misleading them. even if you didn't intentionally do it they feel mislead.

>> even though it's a small percentage of folks that maybe disadvantaged, it means a lot to them and it's scary to them and i'm sorry they're finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. we have to work hard to make sure they know we hear them and we're going to do everything we can to deal with folks that find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.

>> do you understand people are going to be skeptical of the next promise you make? of the next -- or are you concerned that people are going to be wondering what's the fine print he's not telling me?

>> i think for the most part people know that i speak my mind and i tell folks what i think and i have been very clear about what i'm trying to do. i hope that people will look at the end product and they're going to be able to look back and say, you know what, we now have protections that we didn't have before. we've got more choice and competition. i didn't have health insurance , i now have it. i had bad health insurance and now i have good health insurance . i'm getting my kid on my insurance plan even though he's got asthma or a pre-existing condition.

>> did you really not know your campaign was researching this idea of swapping joe biden for hilary clinton ?

>> i am in charge of 2 million people in the federal government and that was true, by the way, even when i was running for president. so people do all kinds of stuff. here's the one thing i can say for certain. if they had asked me, i would have said there's no way i'm not running again with joe biden because i genuinely believe he has been one of the best vice presidents in our history.

>> did you and the vice president talk?

>> absolutely. and what i told him -- and he knows and he believes me -- is that i would not be here if it weren't for the support that i've had from joe biden . he is a personal friend and advisor.

>> probably the most he has said publicly about joe biden ever, matt. but going back to health care , he promised that he's going to come up with some sort of administrative fix. not go to congress but an administrative fix that he says should be able to allow some of these people that like their health care plan to keep it.

>> all right, chuck todd at the white house . thank you very much. sticking to politics, a programming note, new jersey's newly reelected governor chris christie will be david gregory 's guest this sunday morning on "meet the press".