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. TB

    Geez orangesunshyne we haven't done that in years. Bush wasn't qualified either – won on a name pure and simple. It's time to get rid of the whole lot – and yes Republicans too – you haven't done anythng either in the last six years

    November 15, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. nick

    Republicans are dumb for extending it only a year. The extensions should be indefinite. Way to miss a good opportunity... Obama is clearly just playing politics to make up for the fact that his awful policy will cost a few congressmen their seats, therefore he'll veto any Republican bill, despite the fact that if this very same bill were to have been generated by the Democrats, he couldn't sign it into law fast enough.

    November 15, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Joe Sarsguzy

    A mandatory to buy at any cost an"Obamascare"it is the biggest ever fraud against the poor and hardworking
    Americans.And as such,it should be repealed immediately by every lawmaker who has any common sense and
    human decency.Obamasacre is benefiting only the big and rich insurance companies deep-pocket and crooked
    managers,not any poor and hardworking American.Be-aware of Obamascare!

    November 15, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Drew

    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.
    ––

    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.
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    The Republicans have the same chance to win the Senate as the Jaguars have to winning their division

    November 15, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. cneder

    That looks bi-partisan to me. It still doesn't go far enough to defund the Owebamacare tax.

    November 15, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. jt

    The one problem with Obama idea is that it is a postponement not a solution. Next year the same cancellation letters will go out to everyone and everyone will again lose their existing insurance and have to sign on the Obama Care. Obama needs everyone to lose their current solution and sign up for Obama care, so he can pay for those that have no insurance or gets subsidized insurance with the high rates

    November 15, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Hillary would be a tragic mistake, but with Libs. it's agenda, regardless of the destruction it causes our country.

    November 15, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. 4juices

    And the Democrats are going to trust the administrative change that the President has made? If I was running a business, I would want a law to change, otherwise threat of prosecution will always be hanging over my head. And who can guarantee the behavior of the next administration. What a mess the ACA has created.

    November 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Adam Hall

    Watch the rats scramble as the ship sinks...

    November 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. 1375

    If this dies in the Senata or Obama vetoes it say good bye to a LOT of Dems. If that happens the collective IQ of the House and Senate will RISE sharply. What are you defending Dems? 5 years of utter incompetence?

    November 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Erocks

    40 democrats were smart enough to go for the life preservers. The rest are still sinking with the ship. This should be a no brainer. Its not killing ACA. Its making sure people get insured and stay insured while the circus that is Obamacare gets fixed.

    The president and senate are stubborn and making things worse with the level of incompetence they have shown in regards to ACA

    November 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Kevin Alexander

    Legislators have come up with a fix that will cover your butt Obama and you say you will veto it ? What's the matter with you ? You were not concerned at all while American Citizens were oblivious to the inherent problems within this Democratic Legislation, errr, disaster. You're going down in flames over this and Benghazi ! You didnt' just lie on this issue, lying has been a staple of your time in office.

    November 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    @just saying, I am sick and tired of lying, lying-what did you do when Bush lied to drain trillions of dollars and siphoned out of USA? Do not be Moran. At least this ACA is a Law, needed in USA–you may not need bot poor, millions of citizens need it.

    November 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. bluesjordan

    Warren says:

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

    "Time to vote these wimps out of office."
    ________

    WARREN,
    The 'wimps' you refer to are the ones with the deciding vote.

    November 15, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. liberal disease

    Pelosi has to read this first

    November 15, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    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.
    -----------------------–
    Insruance companies predicted that passing the ACA would cause them to cancel policies, and it seems that they did exactly that. Just like how they predicted that premiums would jump astronomically if the law was passed, and a few insurers did exactly that. They raised rates by as much as 40% in a single year, only to have to explain and justify the rate change before the group of people that the right wing calls death panels, which they couldn't do.

    November 15, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. LeRon

    Worst President Ever !!!!!!! Cares nothing about the American people only his legacy and his party.

    November 15, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Kimmo Sabe

    Has anything positive come out of DC in the last year???????????

    November 15, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. GA Girl

    I was going to say the same thing as Paul Cooper above. Didn't the President just say YESTERDAY that people that were going to be canceled from their insurance this year, could keep it for another year, due to all of the issues he finally owned up to (even though he can't really do that)? So why would he veto this again, if it does get past the Senate??

    November 15, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Truthbetold

    this is the same plan Republicans voted for with Romney and only because it's President Obama it's a cancer. The website was a failure but millions of Americans without healthcare is worse. What's this fight about again?

    November 15, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. name. willard

    Keep out od demorcration Right
    I said no excuse to presdient
    Obama for 5 yrs at white house please demorcration need stop play games right

    November 15, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Nick

    How does allowing people to keep what they have, and allow others to purchase similar coverage, "undermine the integrity of the law"? It's clear the law has major flaws – are Democrats more concerned about protecting a legacy than they are about the people they are supposed to be serving? It's clear we were lied to – before, during and after the election. Either start serving the people or get out of office!

    November 15, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. just saying

    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.
    -–

    when you write laws, rules and regs that force them to do business in a certain way, they most certainly do run insurance companies. otherwise why does obama thinks he needs to give them permission to do this bogus 'fix'? you really need to get a clue and stop lying in here.

    November 15, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. CommonSense

    "It undermines the integrity of the law..."

    Given this administration's current position relative to past promises made, let's find a word other than integrity to describe their intentions.

    November 15, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Chuk

    The supporting Dems are fools. Guess who at the center of ACA not working right – and now leading the change campaign: Republicans. If their goal had been cooperating and not obstructing the program work. But now each of those bozos are running around saying "I told you so" because what they wanted all along is now happening. The party of "No".

    November 15, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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