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Pryor supports bill to ensure Americans can keep insurance plans

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Sen. Mark Pryor signed on to co-sponsor the Affordable Care Act Promise Act Thursday. The bill was introduced Monday by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V). The bill is an attempt to protect millions of Americans from being dropped from their current insurance because it does not meet the guidelines set under the Affordable Care Act.

Pryor said in a statement the "common-sense bill" would grandfather thousands of Americans' 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 many times throughout this process, I will always work to find responsible solutions to fix problems where they exist," Pryor said.

Congressman Tom Cotton's campaign, challenging Pryor's senate seat in 2014 released a statement demanding Senator Pryor vote to guarantee that people who have insurance and want to keep it may do so.

"Recognition by Senator Pryor is long overdue that the disastrous Obamacare law that he played a leading role in crafting is causing great harm to Arkansas families.  Senator Pryor has voted in partisan lock-step with Harry Reid and President Obama on this issue.  He lit the fire and now that it's hurting him politically, he's desperately reaching for the water hose," campaign manager Justin Brasell said.

President Obama said while pitching the ACA in 2009 that Americans could keep their insurance plans under the law. Earlier this week, he was criticized for changing his wording, telling a crowd they could keep their plans if it had not changed since the law passed.

Today the President apologized for Americans being dropped from their insurance, saying in an exclusive interview with NBC News he was sorry.

"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he said. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this."

Channel 7 News' Matt Mershon reported Monday on Arkansan Cheryl McGhee losing her insurance. McGhee was self-insured, but nearly two months ago her health insurance provider QualChoice sent her a letter.

"The letter stated that I had coverage until the end of December 2014," said McGhee.

But after December 2014 QualChoice said her plan would be unavailable, citing the Affordable Care Act.  The reason – her plan IQ Choice plan doesn't cover all the new requirements under the ACA.

Matt Mershon contributed to this report.