November 15th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
9 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. Sunflower52

    This measure is fine with me as long as it includes a clause that makes it clear that if these plans cover nothing but catastrophic medical care i.e. cancer, severe injury, etc., that the taxpayers and those with full coverage don't have to pick up the tap for what is not covered under their plans.

    November 15, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. The Worm, Jr.

    The President has got to be squirming-39 Democrats crossed party lines. I guess job preservation is more important to those 39 than party loyalty.

    November 15, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. liz

    F@#King Democrats !!!!!!!!!!!!!! You expect this crap from Teapublican/GOP but you represent me I like the
    Affordable Health Care Act capiche!

    November 15, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. What an embarassing administration

    Those Terrorist Democrat Obstructionists in the Senate will once again say 'no'. They should work on bills that help. Not on selling lies.

    November 15, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Donna

    It appears Obama is only interested in playing tin pot dictator. This law is exactly what he promised the American people and lied about. If the Senate Democrats refuse to pass it and Obama refuses to sign it, then they are lying to the American peopl eonce again.

    Or more accurately, they are sitcking their middle finger right in our faces and telling us to open wider and swallow real hard because they are going to continue to jam this disaster of a law down our throats no matter what it costs the American people.
    Your healthcare and healthcare system be damned.

    Seriously, it might be time for marches on Washington DC and impeachment proceedings if this continues.

    November 15, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Snarky MacFee

    Why call the Dems wimps? Honestly, I almost fell out of my chair when I read that COOPERATION was being done in the HOUSE! It has been a lonnnnnnnng time! I feel the change is a good idea, I would like to see a few more changes as well as long as they are handled without bickering and posing.

    November 15, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. name. willard

    I want need know what happened about fraud check scam from afrcian amercian so obama never tell truth. To people what about fraud check scam fromm afrcian amercian

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. vbscript2

    "With elections coming in 2014, this is just politics! It is a complete waste of time and will never pass the Senate! Next year this time, Millions will have signed up, costs of insurance will be down by at leafs 20%, and the GOP will be the biggest losers!"

    LOL – Proof that some Obama supporters are still delusional. Obamacare will not ever cause your insurance premiums to go down unless you are in a high-risk group. Even Obama isn't trying to sell that big of a lie. Almost everyone's premiums have gone up, except the people in the highest risk groups. Those of us who are healthy and young get to pay for them now. The premiums on my company's health insurance have increased 40%+ since the passage of PPACA, even after increasing deductibles, out-of-pocket maxima, and copays. The premiums on the policy were nearly flat for years before PPACA, basically just keeping up with inflation.

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Boomer in Mo

    The ACA was messy to start with. Pres. Obama messed it up again. But, ordinarily such a law would have had changes and tweaks made to it between passage and the effective date but because of the resistance to figuring out how to make affordable healthcare/health insurance available to most Americans, that was not done. I actually sat down last weekend and came up with a 20-page replacement law and sent it to my senator.

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. RalphS

    While the intent of the Affordable Care Act may have been well intended, as in all American's should have good health coverage, its execution was beyond pitiful. If the President had addressed the economy first, and then proceeded in his second term to address healthcare, he would likely be in a better position to succeed with the strong possibility of a House turnover in 2014, or at least gain more support.

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. 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.

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Peter

    Why would the president reject this? Didnt he say he wanted this just yesterday?

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Not gonna pass the Senate. Just like republicans tried to repeal Obamacare 40 times. That bill is not going anywhere

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. oreo

    Well, well it seems 40 Dems have run out of excuses, silly neo-liberals.

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. jsmoulder

    obama has finally done it, he has brought Republicans and Democrats together in the House. LOL

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. the Mayor of Medinah

    WOW 40 donkeys with a brain

    November 15, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Faux Scandals

    Another GOP repeal bill that will fail, it allows Insurance companies to continue to sell scam policies.

    November 15, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. dh

    Next year this time all will have coverage and the repubs will be voted down the hole romney fell in. Repubs are disgusting racists illiterate and just nasty non americans.

    November 15, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Y

    A bipartisan solution to the problem and Obama rejects it outright.

    November 15, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. mike

    Nope. Sorry. No more junk plans.

    November 15, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "The bill would also allow new customers to enroll in those plans."

    In other words, it's a poison pill designed to expand the prevalence of bunk, non-insurance plans that have consistently been a major contributor to the rising costs of health care and a predominant source of personal bankruptcies caused by medical care costs (which is the reason for the majority of personal bankruptcies in the country every year). It's an attempt to undermine the cost controls of the ACA and nothing more.

    November 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. john

    How does "not enforcing part of the law" fit into the integrity of the law???? The presidents job is to faithfully execute the law, not pick and choose what he wants to enforce. If he wants the law changed, there's an avenue for that...Congress!

    November 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Reporter?

    ProgressReid and the President promise more stonewalling, in otherwords, "Let Americans suffer."

    Thank you Mr. President and Sen Reid. J^ck^sses.

    November 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. GeneG

    Obamacare was never thought out. Put it on hold for a year and work out the problems if possible. If that dosen't work get rid of it.

    November 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. much thunder..little rain

    glad someone has some sense

    November 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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