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. refuse2fail

    The amount of ignorance out there is staggering! These were not 'junk plans.' People researched and chose them because they fit their needs. The exchanges charge twice as much for the same 'junk plans' and they charge people who cannot afford such extreme increases in their 'pay check to pay check' lives. To many dems swallowed this thing hook line and sinker without doing any of their own research or thinking.

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

    Now the Liar In Chief will cement forever his place in the Liars Hall of Fame. Just yesterday he stood before the nation and said he would fix his lies by allowing people to purchase the policy of their choice, regardless of whether or not it met the overly burdensome requirements of Obamacare. Now the House has passed legislation that will legally allow that to take place and Obama threatens to veto it,and in doing so he confirms that he does not want to fix his screw ups and lies Good luck in 2014 and 2016 Dems. You will have to run on why you backed the biggest liar in the nation's history.

    November 15, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Bow by blow

    Democratic rats leaving "The must pass it to see what is in it" Bill......Nacy Pelosi – where are you?

    November 15, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. David Townsend

    The vote is just a political move and waste of time. It will not pass the senate, and if it did the POTUS would veto. No i do not agree with the vote.

    November 15, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Andrew

    All this shows me is that Democrats are more willing to compromise and go against their party than Republicans.

    November 15, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Scott

    jimbo

    Not a blow for Obama. Another blow for the lunatic GOP in the House.
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    Having a hardtime with Reality I see................LOL

    November 15, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Andrew

    ObamaCare pure & simple is an attempt to help those who can't get Health Insur. at normal rates [( pre-existing conditions such as people with AIDS, or mid-aged who Type2 Diabetes and/or Heart Conditions from over-eating and 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 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    He who would be King has lost his crown.

    November 15, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. deek5

    Jeff. He just can't seem to allow himself to agree with republicans even though it was his idea. It's not his nature.

    I say let things continue the way they are. I want people to see the full affect of the ACA for the next midturn elections. Don't bail out the president.

    November 15, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Al Springer

    The Republicans stepped in it during the government shutdown and now the Democrats are swimming around in it with the healthcare defense. This was a watered down, poorly thought out plan from the beginning that tries to address an actual problem (worth trying to fix). Their inability to acknowledge that this thing stinks and needs revisions, however, is going to cost the independent vote. Its obvious they are acting like little children defending a broken program.

    November 15, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Yakobi

    Too funny. First the president says you can keep your plan, then he says that was a mistake–that you're an idiot if you don't see how Obamacare is a better (albeit costlier) plan for you, then he says he won't enforce the part about making insurance companies comply for 1 year–thus trying to shift the blame for the misspoken promise to them, all the while constantly berating republicans who warned how bad this was going to be. Now we have bipartisan support for a fix and he and his sock puppet, Harry Reid, will prevent any legislative fix going forward.

    Are you voters paying attention to which party is shoving this bad idea down your throat?

    November 15, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Chris

    Gotta love the concern trolls of the GOP that show up and ring catchphrases like "common sense solution" ..... What is the going rate, 50 cents a post?

    November 15, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "this is a way for them put the blame on the Democrats who don’t pass this legislation "

    And the payoff is short-lived. What do you think happens in three months when the website is fixed and has been chugging along signing people up and the public starts to realize all of this doom and good demagoguery was completely BS? When they realize that their insurers have been duping them into no going to the exchange, not waiting for the exchange website, and just accepting a more expensive plan that costs them more out-of-pocket than they would have paid had they gone to the exchange? What happens to the GOP/Teatrolls/MSM's demagoguery then? Hmmm? Live it up while it lasts, but you better hope you get the last laugh or all of this demagoguery backfires.

    November 15, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Big Tex

    Bring back Bush

    November 15, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. cordy

    When did we become a nation of bronze, silver, platinum choice only! Amazing how we pride ourselves in specialty stores, designer brands, car purchases of infinite manufacturers but yet allow government take control of the most significant thing of all....OUR BODIES!

    November 15, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. goblackhawks

    So are these DEMS racists now ? By Mr Cruz was so crazy ... where is his apology .

    November 15, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Grand Master

    In response to the Republicans and Democrats joining together to codify into law what Obama and the Senate Democrats have agreed is an acceptable "fix".....

    CHECKMATE.

    November 15, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. JJ236

    What a mess. The US voters hopefully will never elect another person who has no experience in anything.

    November 15, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. 866bway

    Doesn't take a genius to see that House Dems in close races were given a pass to vote on this bill secure in the knowledge that it will never become law. Now if the GOP would only spend as much effort passing a jobs bill as they do anti-health care bills...

    November 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. betterdays

    Chess is an interesting game. If you are too aggressive, you can make what appear to be great strides, only to end up getting your clock cleaned by an opponent who has basically just waited for you to overreach.

    November 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Great American

    Obama was naive to think the insurance companies would accept a 20% profitability on government subsidies instead of their usual 30% off the top without a fight. If rationing diagnostics, treatments, and withholding payments from physicians and hospitals can't keep the $ flowing for the insurance companies, then tossing patients and physicians to ration access will certainly work.
    Obama was a sucker! Insurance companies rule! Check out how much the insurance and drug industry give to each congressperson and to the administration each year $3,000,000 per member), and you'll see why the American Citizen is literally getting killed on this one.

    November 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. JP

    I want the Republicans to STOP trying to "fix" the Democrats mistakes

    November 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. julnor

    So the Senate won't vote on it and Obama would veto it, but it does pretty much exactly what Obama's plan does. So who's playing politics? Seems that Obama doesn't really have the authority to do what he plans anyway.

    November 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. emilie56

    This is a gesture because the Senate will not approve it and Obama will veto it.

    It is now up to the public to not forget next year to put the Democrats out of office whether we like Republicans or not for the sheer fact that the Senators failed to do their job by reading the law but voted for it anyway. How are the Republicans going to hurt working Americans more?

    For near a year till the beginning of next November, the Democrats will put the blame on the President, the President will put the blame on the insurance companies and TV stations will talk without getting blue in the face for the next 11 months, protecting their side. But if you all vote in a Democratic Senate next year you will be getting what you deserve.

    To put the record straight, I am not a Republican yet I believe they should win the Senate next year. A President who lies is not the President I want. And his mea culpa yesterday was a farce, taking the onus off himself and putting it onto the insurance companies.

    Also I say this as a person who always knew the insurance companies were no good way before Obamacare was suggested. We are here talking about insurance companies and government, all no good for us any longer. What a crying shame in this great country.

    November 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Wade

    Time to impeach the liar Obama! Nothing left to say.

    November 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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