November 15th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
1 year 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.


Filed under: Congress • House • Obamacare
soundoff (354 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Sniffit

    Republicans have to fix another problem caused by the democrats.

    Oh, and this doesn't FIX it, it just postpones some of the consequences until later.... and allows obama, Pelosi and Reid to look less dopey."

    How cute. Another name-stealer who doesn't realize he's complimenting me by showing just how much I get under the GOPers/Teatrolls' skin. Afraid of the points I make much? Too bad, so sad. Cry more.

    November 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. JT

    If they're getting this much Democratic support, why don't they just work on repealing this monstrosity?

    November 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. chris mcnally

    The only way that picture could get any better would be if there was a red dot in between his eyes.

    November 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Crampon

    A couple things,..this is Obama's fix, word for word, but when he said it, it was for political lip service. Also new customers can already sign up outside of the unaffordable care act.

    November 15, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    Ah ... the Disqus-troll thread of the day ...

    November 15, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    That's the difference between the Democrats and Republicans. When a Republican president makes a mistake, the party just refuses to acknowledge it and supports the mistake.

    November 15, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. srcactus

    Sorry for the incorrect use of a word. Should be Democrat controlled, not Democratically controlled wich is the reverse of the thought intended.

    November 15, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. spriya

    Biggest Loser !!

    November 15, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Tuza Baap

    This politics by GOP is for 5 million people who have been getting cancellation notices for their individual plans. These were the horrible plans which covered nothing. If these people require hospitilization, these suckers would go bankrupt. All these lazy bums have do is to go and sign for better coverage through ACA. But GOP is playing politics and want to scrap the ACA law and deny 50 millions health coverage. Shame on them.

    November 15, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. true american

    Obama is a embarrassment to our country

    November 15, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Humbrrto

    Looks like the favor of the get rich quick government data base given to a donkey, backfired and destroyed Obamacare.

    November 15, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. nc_mike

    Just a political play. The GOP knows darn well that if such a bill were to make it into law that it would gut ACA because they know it requires a mandate that forces people who would otherwise pass their risk onto everyone else by buying substandard health coverage via junk policies that are nothing but profit for insurers and leave the policyholder exposed when they need real coverage.

    November 15, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Thomas Nichols

    The pres has no choice BUT to veto.He has backed himself into a corner he can't back out of. If he doesn't veto it, people will say he should have allowed the bill to pass and avoid the government shutdown. Now all he can do is bat, and when he hits the ball, it will still go foul.

    November 15, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. bibleverse1

    I think the move is good. I think there are a few more that can make the law work for more Americans.

    November 15, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. cscd1111

    Democrats need to understand throwing yourself on this hand grenade we americans call Obamacare will be a deadly mix in coming elections. Congratulations to you 39 democrats who supported this bill.

    November 15, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Babyboomer

    Love to know who the 39 Dems where who voted against the ACA and millions of people's best interest. Are they so scared they might have to get a real job in the real world that they would sell their souls to the devil to stay in Congress. What these folks failed to look at is how many times their Rep. counterparts have voted on anything WITH them over the past 5 years. The answer is NEVER. The Reps. in the House are nothing if not unified. For all the wrong reasons but still unified. Dems need to get a clue and start sticking together the way the misguided Reps. do...

    November 15, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Randy

    Republicans hate change. It upsets their status quo with big business. They've done everything possible to grind government to a halt and make it look like it's the President's fault. He's not perfect by a long shot, but still better than most of the GOP. As to giving in to demands to go back to a bad medical system that never worked, I say stop throwing the baby out with the bath water. So many people can benefit from this program, including me and I have a very good job and insurance right now. But I know things can change and I would end up out of work and without insurance at any time and that would most likely be a death sentence. So, think about not just about those in current need, but those who end up in a similar situation. FYI. I'm a registered Republican trying to help it find it's way back to moderation from the brink of fanaticism.

    November 15, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Matthew

    Obamacare is one thing he is unable to blame on Bush.

    November 15, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Namerene

    I say dont do anything! I love watching this obamacare fail. This president the worst in history! Im really enjoying this

    November 15, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    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!
    -----------------------–
    Nope. You've got it wrong. The bill would allow *new* customers to enroll in legacy plans. The House plan goes far beyond allowing people to keep their existing insurance. Read the article, 2nd paragraph.

    November 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. DrDanno

    More politickin' and still no real governance by the GOP. For what they waisted on shutting down the government ($24 billion) we could buy one hell of a web site.

    November 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. ru serious

    What did people expect, the man had absolutely no experience in either governance or business management. His team of flunkies are no better, amateur hour bumblers. PLEASE, next time vote for someone with real world experience not another arrogant empty suit convinced that he is the smartest guy in the room.

    November 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Andrew

    ObamaCare pure & simple is an attempt to help those who can't get Health Insur. at normal rates [( pre-existing conditions such as gays with AIDS, or people who choose to be Obese by over-eating so get Type2 Diabetes, late mid-aged people with Heart Conditions from lack of exercise, drunks and drug addicts who don't have jobs and so no employer provided health insuyr. )], by getting Young Healthy Americans to pay a much higher rate than young adults should. It forces young people to pay a sky-high (for their age) "blended average Health Insur. rate" with the Already Sick and 50 somethings. ObamaCare is a huge subsidy to the already sick and near old-age people, paid for on the backs of the Younger 20 and 30 something healthy adults.

    November 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. DrDanno

    More politickin' and still no real governance by the GOP. For what they waisted on shutting down the government ($24 billion) we could buy one heck of a web site.

    November 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. mike

    So Obama vows to veto actual legislation that allows individuals to keep their insurance for one more year. Yet that is what he just proposed 24 hours ago. Looks lie like a lie was laid right over another lie by the President.

    November 15, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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