November 15th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
11 months ago

House passes proposed GOP Obamacare changes

Updated 4 p.m. ET, 11/15/2013

(CNN) - The House approved Republican legislation on Friday giving health insurers the option of extending plans through 2014 that would otherwise be canceled for not complying with Affordable Care Act standards.

The bill, approved 261-157, would also allow new customers to enroll in those plans. Thirty-nine Democrats crossed party lines and joined a nearly unanimous GOP caucus in voting for the measure proposed by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan.

It has little to no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate, however.

The White House has also indicated President Barack Obama would veto the measure if it reaches his desk, saying the Republican plan would undermine the integrity of the law aimed at providing health coverage to millions of Americans without it.

The Senate is taking a wait-and-see attitude about possible legislation over the politically charged insurance cancellations after Obama ordered administrative steps on Thursday to address the matter.

Obama's signature domestic policy initiative has been marred by the disastrous launch of the HealthCare.gov website, which allows consumers to buy new health plans online, and by the policy cancellations.

Both problems have put congressional Democrats in a difficult political position since the Affordable Care Act was approved in 2010 with no Republican support and signed by Obama, a Democratic president.

Earlier, the House rejected a similar plan offered by Democrats, but it was more restrictive than the Republican measure and therefore not supported by the majority.

Separately, Obama sat down with insurance company executives on Friday at the White House.

Prior to the meeting, the President said that he and his administration would brainstorm with and solicit ideas from industry on how to smoothly carry out the changes he is making to the Affordable Care Act.

Obama said there would be a "collaborative process" around his proposal to reverse insurance plan cancellations due to broader coverage requirements under the sweeping law.

"We want to make sure that we get this done," Obama said.


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soundoff (354 Responses)
  1. Tony Torres

    The Dems that voted for this are a bunch of cowards, first sign of anything not being perfect they jump ship. Let's give the ACA an opportunity to either fail or succeed, I know somethings have to be fixed but don't try and gut the law the first sign that it is not working as smoothly as it should. These few Dems that are abandoning the ship are not seeing the big picture(that it is going to help millions) okay so a few percentage will be affected and are not happy, they either don't understand the concept or have not done their homework and find out what exactly they are getting with their new policies. Like anything in this scale not all will be happy but in my opinion in the long run most will like the ACA.

    November 15, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Big_D

    Can't blame the GOP on this. They haven't done anything but stop progress since they were elected.

    November 15, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Chatty_Michael

    He clearly has an agenda that does not involve what's best for the American people. He and his staff can not possibly be as dumb and inept as they behave. I fear George Bush made playing dumb the new get out of jail free card for Presidents. If the a Business person had messed up so completely and regularly as Obama and his team they would be gone. Then maybe his Spy on Everybody policy and use of the IRS as a Political Tool might have a lot to do with getting his way even when it's extremely damaging.

    In fact since there are so many Civilians with their hands in the Spy network it's impossible for anyone to know all the ways it's being used.

    Who's going to be the Next world leader to tell Obama how to Govern? I'm sure it won't be Castro or many of the Radicals of South America. They are probably happy with our Government for the first time ever. Mass Poverty and Despair are popular policies down there. Hmm maybe not Castro, he might be too Conservative.

    November 15, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. southerninsanity

    If they had only realized what was going on BEFORE they approved ObamaCare. Now they are scrambling to save themselves with their voters.

    November 15, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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