Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr.

Haar: In Oval Office, Leonardi Tries To Defuse Obamacare Issue

Two big issues dogging the rollout of Obamacare have come into focus this week as the Connecticut insurance commissioner met with President Obama on the sticky question of insurers dropping health plans, and the state's exchange gave a breakdown that shows not enough young adults signing up.

Thomas B. Leonardi, commissioner of the state Insurance Department, was one of four officials from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners who told Obama and top administration aides late Wednesday afternoon that the president's fix — that states should let insurers extend old plans through 2014 if customers want them — is perilous.

Obama has a big headache and the state...