November 15th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
5 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. Gurgyl

    Read this before voting. It may hurdle, undermine law. Pith of the section should be permissible to only extending just one year coverage. That's it.

    November 15, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Warren

    About 40 Democrats joined nearly every Republican in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

    Time to vote these wimps out of office.

    November 15, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Grinning Libber

    Forget it regressives. DOA

    November 15, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Jerry Okamura

    Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall, all the Kings horses and all the Kings men, cannot put Humpty Dumpty together again.

    November 15, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. just saying

    It has little chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate. The White House has also indicated President Barack Obama will 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.
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    well there you go fellow americans.... proof positive the democrats and obama have been lying to you for 4 years about keeping your healthcar eplan if you liked it. keeping it would undermine obamacare so you getting the shaft was part of their plan all along.

    the only solution is massive expulsion of democrats in 2014 and a super, veto proff majority for republicans so they can get rid of this cancerous law called obamacare. and they kept all of this from you last november so obama could continue his lies and get re-elected. every democrat is playing us for fools at this point. all of them must go.

    November 15, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Paul Cooper

    "The White House has also indicated President Barack Obama will 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."

    And yet the president proposed doing the same thing by executive fiat, even though he has no authority to do so, just yesterday.

    November 15, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. orangesunshyne

    I think it would be wise of us Americans to choose someone with some experience next time we elect a president.

    November 15, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Oy

    And THIS is why I refuse to bite the bullet and register as "Democrat" rather than "Independent."
    Grow a backbone, Dems!!! Sheesh!

    November 15, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Big_D

    The Senate should just pass the GOP legislation. They would at least have some buy in and ownership at that point. It is sad the GOP is not involved in this now, it isn't like Obama was the root cause of people being mad about healthcare. It was terrible long before Obama was elected, we just hoped he would be able to fix it. It is apparent he will need help.

    November 15, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Crampon

    Why would Obama veto his plan?

    November 15, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. chill

    Hope those 40 bear in mind that a majority of their voters are in favor of the Affordable Care Act that yhey just voted to gut. Don't think you can just count on the fact that it will never become law. Hypocricy will out.

    November 15, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Ant

    Well played house. Senate. YOUR MOVE!

    November 15, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Ron

    With elections coming in 2014, this is just politics! It is a complete waste of time and will never pass the Senate! Next year this time, Millions will have signed up, costs of insurance will be down by at leafs 20%, and the GOP will be the biggest losers!

    November 15, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Ian

    What a waste of time. This thing is dead in the Senate. How about we work on immigration or jobs?

    November 15, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Oy

    "well there you go fellow americans.... proof positive the democrats and obama have been lying to you for 4 years about keeping your healthcar eplan if you liked it"

    The Democrats and Obama do not run the insurance companies.

    November 15, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Captain Morgan

    Mutiny on the Bounty......Captain Obama has been thrown overboard.

    November 15, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    You didn't say how many Dems voted for it.

    November 15, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Big_D

    The biggest assumption is that healthcare was fine before Obama. It stank!

    November 15, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Oy

    "orangesunshyne

    I think it would be wise of us Americans to choose someone with some experience next time we elect a president."

    Um. He has experience. How exactly does one get "experience" to be a President unless one is running for a second term?

    November 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Jason

    Democrats beginning to realize what a political disaster it would be to continue supporting this bill in full force – smart

    November 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Drew

    If it gives them time to adjust the existing plans then fine

    November 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. bluesjordan

    This should send a strong message to Obama, it's not all about political parties rather 'We the people'.

    November 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Phil

    Need to see the details but sound like a good start.

    November 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Juan

    Just the beginning of death cycle of Obozoscare.

    November 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Chris

    Let me get this straight... The President promised to fixed the problem. The house just passed the fix the President was talking about. Now the President is promising to veto the fix? NUTS!

    November 15, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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