November 15th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
10 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. Boo

    Did I miss something here? Didn't Obama also want an extension for people who lost their insurance?

    November 15, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. JLXvsElvis

    Oh I can't wait until next November when the republiicans that the tebaggers are leading around by the nose will all be on the unemployment line, and the democrats take over . Then we will get some work done. Tea parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.

    November 15, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. obotma

    remove the disgrace obama from office and then toss his healthcare bill out in the street with him!

    November 15, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. 866bway

    Reminder; cheap insurance plans were only ever cheap because insurance companies could keep costs down by refusing coverage to the sick or kicking them off plans once they got sick or too costly to ensure. Does anyone really think we should go back to that system?

    November 15, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. ATPMSD

    Its about Democrats who rammed their idea of Health Care Reform on America without including the Republicans in the process. Recall they specifically excludes the Republicans. So instead of a plan that was created by consensus, we have a one sided concept. Image how you would feel if your spouse decided to buy a house and didn't bother to ask for your input. You'd be pretty annoyed, right? Well, that is what we have here.

    November 15, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. StormySyndrome

    I'm sure if congress feels strongly enough about it, they'll pass it with 2/3 of the vote in both houses. There's more than one way of beating a veto. This would call for 14 more votes in the house, and we'll see about the Senate :) Somehow, i think the Senate would be the toughest part to get that 2/3 vote from though.

    November 15, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Joe Citizen

    The next presidential election is (at this moment) a 1 issue choice for me. Whichever candidate chooses to repeal Obamacare has my vote.

    November 15, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Why is none calling out CNN, ABC OR NBC for not doing there JOBS from 2004-now? Some people actually saw this coming....some saw it coming and looked the other way. Nice job CNN "news"

    November 15, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. MaryM

    So the TPers now want Cruz to run for President. Please do nominate Cruz. That would be even funnier than the last GOP primaries

    November 15, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Would You Look at That

    Andrew
    All this shows me is that Democrats are more willing to compromise and go against their party than Republicans
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    All this shows me is 40 democrats are worried about their political career for allowing this disaster junk law to be forced down the throats of the American people.

    November 15, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Ivory Dorsey

    "If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."~~Ronald Reagan

    November 15, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Daniel P. Hanover

    The House passed the bill with overwhelming and bipartisan support, but Harry [G]Reid will never allow a vote on it in the Senate. Isn't the Democratic Party's definition of "democracy" GRAND ? ! :)

    November 15, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. PolySciGuy

    This was a political blunder, not fully communicating the impact of the law, over-simplifying it.

    Grand-fathering plans is too confusing. I'm for health care reform but I'm also for allowing people to purchase products that are already on the market. Saying its ok for someone to own something but not ok for someone else to buy it is discriminatory. Either it's an offered product or its not.

    So, let people buy it and phase it out. The real agenda of the GOP is to undermine the law, which is why the Democrats are fighting the move, but it is what it is. In the long term, this issue plays out just fine for the Democrats. Who are you going to trust to "fix" health care, the GOP or the Democrats? The longer this issue stays in the foreground, the better it is for the Democrats. A buggy web site may provide good fodder for attack adds but won't sway people to vote conservative. Lots of people may not like Obamacare, but the GOP doesn't have an alternative, and that calculus hasn't changed.

    November 15, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. NCIndependent

    Two words for Obamacare: SNAFU, FUBAR

    November 15, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Jeffro035

    Counting down the days until "President" Obama is out and President Christie is in.

    November 15, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. TiredofSilly1

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm some of the Dems seem to realize that if they continue to follow their lying corrupt "leader" they will be unemployed in 2014. Vote 'em out anyway, they are only playing along for political gain.

    November 15, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. A True Conservative

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

    Which group was unwilling to comproisea little over a month ago? Answer – The Democrats and the President who "...will not negotiate....". It is STAGGERING how ignorant of the facts the left is....or you al simply dishonest? This an either or question – you are one or the other......period.

    November 15, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. deek5

    So some of these existing plans are junk? By who's standards? What right does the government have to tell you your plan isn't good enough? Hey you......citizen, that Chevy ain't good enough. You are required to buy a Ford.

    November 15, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Farrok

    I like the President very much but he has to be more moderate not a for left President as the American People and getting fed up the the far Left agenda........

    November 15, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    SNL did a great sketch with Kerry Washington regarding Obama stilling be the choice of favor over Mitt Romney, regardless of his mistakes.

    November 15, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Mugzee44

    President says "You can keep your current insurance if you want to" INSURANCE COMPANIES say "NO YOU CAN'T" I smell a big, fat case of SABOTAGE.

    November 15, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. jason

    lol the tea bagers never give up stupidity

    November 15, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Ann

    Obama calls those plans "substandard" and the basic plan that he's forcing all Americans to have is a better deal so everyone should have it. He doesn't understand that some people just don't want to pay more for all the bells and whistles they don't need. It's like walking into a McDonald's with the plan of buying only a burger but being told that you have to buy their value meal because it's a better deal, even though you didn't want a soda and fries. Yes, it's a better deal to buy the meal than to buy each item separately, buy you're still paying more for a meal (instead of paying for just a burger) with things you don't want...that's what Obama is forcing Americans to do.

    November 15, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. A True Conservative

    @Sniffit – the ACA is wonderful – for those who don't have to pay for it.......Socialism is wonderful....until you eventually run out of other peoples money.......the left simply can not seem to understand the concept.....how blind can they be?

    November 15, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Frank

    Where are all the Cat in the Hat jokes? Not so funny now is it!?

    November 15, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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