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. anon

    Of course it won't pass the Senate. The Senate has their own bill that will pass the Senate. It doesn't "give the option" to insurance companies ir mandates them. Reid will toss the House Bill and pass the Senate bill. he House will have to vote on the Senate bill. Then the GOP will be forced to vote with the Democrat Senate bill or look like their in bed with the big insurance companies. There's no secret here. This isn't news. I posted this very thing on friggin Tuesday. Nothing new here, easy to see. The hilarious part about the whole thing is that it's Obama that allowed the insurance companies to write over 80% of the ACA because they were his largest campaign contributor. Obama also added in the components of the law, personally, that would purposefully cause plans to be cancelled. Think what you want, but these are straight up 100% verifiable and proven FACTS.

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

    "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. "

    No they don't. First, they don't even allow those types of plans because the ACA sets up minimum coverage standards that prevent people from falling through the obvious cracks those plans caused...which were contributing to the rising cost of health care, damaging the economy, and were a major source of personal bankruptcies caused by medical costs (the biggest reason for personal bankruptcies every year). Second, not only are premiums actually coming in lower, but it's being discovered that insurers who are rolling people over into new plans that cost more are frequently doing so when they offer the same new plan at a lower price on the exchange...their "cancellation/roll-over" letters are designed to convince the person not to bother going to the exchange to find out that the same new plan is available for less (just wait for the prosecutions). Third, even where premiums have increased, the majority of people who go to the exchange are eligible for subsidies that bring their out-of-pocket expenses below the costs they were incurring with their old plan. Fact is, you guys are in for a world of hurt in a few months when the air clears.

    November 15, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Old white conservative male

    Sniffit,
    If Obama took a dump on your porch would you build a shrine around it so you can worship it every day? The man screwed up big time, how can you not admit to that?

    November 15, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. lionhart

    Republicans are voting for the status Quo with this vote. This vote allows new people to sign up into junk plans which would effectively gut Obamacare and won't protect people with pre-existing conditions.

    November 15, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Fademan

    So the GOP are in favor of increase premiums and more cancelled policies after unsuspected illinesses or young adult in an unexpected accident? This does nothing more than award those who are the cause for the need of health care reform in the first place (the insurance company). This bill will not permit insurance companies from continued health coverage discrimination. Besides most states choose not to go back to the old policies. Is the GOP bill trumping the leverage they want to give to the states? This bill was not designed to help the ACA but create more disruptions. Whether you like the ACA or not, there is no way in this Country we should have people left out to dry without appropriate coverage in the event of the unexpected.

    November 15, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Twinsis2

    When the GOP has control of the Senate and House in 2014, let's hope they start impeachment proceedings against the Liar in Chief.

    November 15, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Rusty Krus

    I have been posting here for years and have had back and forths with people like Rick, Ray E., Sniffit, Jeff Brown in Jersey, Fair is Fair, Dominican Mama, etc. Usually each topic has a few dozen posts. Now, all of a sudden, hundreds of new posters are flooding this thread with negative Obama diatribes. Coincidence? I doubt it. I smell a rat and it smells like Karl Rove!

    November 15, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Stating the Obvious

    It is very clear the liberals, lefties and Democrats will fight to the death to preserve a woman right to choose whether or not to abort/kill her baby.

    It is also equally clear they will fight to the death to DESTROY YOUR RIGHT to chose your own healthcare plan.

    Mind boggling....

    November 15, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Frank

    So Obama's fix is to kick the can down the road and let the train crash after the 2014 elections? LOL!

    That is flat out "absurd"

    This is just the beginning. Wait until the other 89 million lose their employer based coverage next year.

    November 15, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Ruth D. Walers

    Bring Mr. Bush back to the white house

    November 15, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. ToughLove

    I love freedom of speech. It allows Sniffit to write "demagoguery" 3 times in a paragraph and it allows me to say that this President will go down as one of our worst ever. Even his signature "victories" are defeats...GM & Obamacare. Common sense people knew that someone who lacked experience leading would likely do a terrible job...well, leading.
    President Obama is either a slave to his own ideology or a slave to those who manipulate from the background. That's the ONLY way he can justify with any little bit of moral peace lying constantly and acting more like a dictator than the President of a republic.
    Oh. And I'm tired of his demagoguery, too.

    November 15, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    This is absolutely hilarious. Even if Obama's "fix" goes through, the 5 million individual market participants that were expected to go into the exchanges wont, leaving those exchanges with such adverse selection that the premiums for 2015 exchange plans will have to skyrocket. Please proceed, democrats. Your circular firing squad sustains me.

    November 15, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. CC

    People on both sides of the argument WAKE Up! The fight is not between Democrats and Republicans, its Americans vs The Health Insurance industry. They have been gauging all of us for years charging more and providing less, and as long as we keep fighting and arguing with each other they will continue to line their pockets and provide us with less care. Is there anyone who has had health insurance through their employer or on their own that has not seen the cost double over the last 10 years. We need everyone covered or we will all go broke, even the rich with the system we have now.

    November 15, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. The Oregonian

    The Republicans aren't paying me to post this and I have not voted for a Republican in a national election. In fact, I voted for Obama in 2008. I'm saying that because ANY criticism of the Gotta-Pass-It-To-See-What's-In-It types or Obama himself is discarded by Democrats (possibly on payroll, right?) herein as Republican shilling.

    Although I'm liberal by national standards, I'm utterly disgusted with the way Democrats in forums such as these immediately try to blame the Republicans. Well, I guess if the Senate and the President don't pass it, they're just being obstructionists who refuse to cooperate? The Democrats do not want to allow you to see it that way.

    Obama's trying to do the right thing and failing horribly, but, where are Feinstein, Pelosi, Clinton, Reid and all of the other people who helped make this happen? It's quite obvious that Obama's a lame duck who is about to be thrown under the bus, just in time for Hillary Clinton to come in and fix it all up. The Senate ratings are abysmal right now–even worse than Obama's–and the President doesn't have an election to lose, but it looks like they've found their scapegoat.

    Having said all that, the Republicans TOLD US this would happen. I hate that, but, here it is.

    November 15, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. VJ

    @INSURANCE is the PROBLEM – You are 100 % correct.

    November 15, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. lionhart

    The dems that voted for this are in red states. That's the only reason they voted for it.

    November 15, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Dan

    What an incredible waste of government money/resources!

    November 15, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Let this be a lesson to every American. Having a president with EXPERIENCE MATTERS!

    November 15, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Snoway

    Too little, too late. Obama really doesn't want to reverse cancellations. It would undercut Obamacare. And insurance companies stand to make more money on the heavily federal mandated policies they now offer. The real question here is why CNN, USA TODAY, FOX and all of the other news outlets are not pointing this out to their readers.

    November 15, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. tom l

    Sure seems like a lot of "sockpuppets" today, huh Sniffit? The Koch brothers must have expanded the budget, huh?

    Nice compassion, by the way. So someone losing their coverage or having extreme rate hikes is demagoguery, huh? The arrogance of the left knows no bounds.

    November 15, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Skarphace

    This just goes to show that Republicans are better strategists than Democrats are. Republicans know this bill will not pass the Senate, due to the poison pill of allowing people to continue to sign up for these junk policies. However, they also know that when the Senate rejects the bill, they can blame the Democrats for those that have lost their policies.

    Remember, House Republicans do not want to fix the ACA. They want it to fail. However, they also want to blame its failure on Obama and the Democrats. Republicans only lose if the ACA succeeds, and they have been and will continue to do everything in their power to make sure that does not happen.

    November 15, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Furious Republican

    I cant stand this administration or this policy. People; open your eyes!

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

    The bill the GOP passed is actually the same as the extension that the President spoke on yesterday. The only difference is that the GOP is authorizing the insurance companies to continue selling junk policies that creates revenues for the insurance companies but no long term coverage for the consumer.

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

    obama could be on tv live killing puppies and his supporters would scream racism for any negative comment..

    November 15, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. suzie669

    I did not know people hate Obama that much to the point they want him and his family to be slave again!!! And I did not know they love Republican that much to the point of kissing their shoes!!! and divide this country by all their might!!!!. Well, then, I wish from now on America will select all white men or men who only benefit a few groups when they are elected for President. I hate to see a hard working president like him, although he is not perfect and you guys are Soooooo Perfect...., to be humiliated this much.

    Please God, return George W. Bush and Dick Cheney back to American. They are loved by Republicans and those who hate non-whites. The whole country is yours. Please bring wars to earth as many as you can so they can make more money. This time, please God, help the Republican wins every Presidential Campaign and support them fighting with everyone in the world. Let's bring wars to US to satisfy them.

    Wish will come true and will never be reversed!!!!

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