Senate Democrats were huddling privately Thursday with White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough after President Obama announced a "fix" for his new health care law that would allow insurance companies to renew millions of health insurance plans they canceled as part of their implementation of Obamacare.

"It's a step in the right direction," Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said as she entered the meeting.

Landrieu issued a statement earlier pledging to push ahead with legislation that would allow the renewal of those canceled plans despite Obama's proposal, which is similar to Landrieu's plan except that it does not guarantee that those who lost their coverage can get it back.

Obama and Democrats had repeatedly assured people that they could keep their current insurance when Obamacare began on Oct. 1. But millions had their policies canceled because the plans did not meet Obamacare's stricter standards.

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