November 15th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
1 year 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.


Filed under: Congress • House • Obamacare
soundoff (354 Responses)
  1. Namecarol

    Impeach the lier and his plan to bankrupt America.

    November 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. urnso2

    What is the point of the Presidents "plan" to allow insurers to reinstate canceled policies for 1 year.

    Was his promise "You can keep your insurance for one year" or was it "You can keep your insurance period"?

    November 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Duh

    So great to see obama turning grey! The stress is getting to him!! Love it!:)

    November 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Smokey Joe

    Prediction: 2014 will be a blood bath for the Democrats and 2016 could be a ripper for the DNC. Obama and Harry Reid, (Pelosi and the whole gang of left wing nuts) have caused an injury that has left a deep and painful hurt on the American people.

    November 15, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Pamik

    For the amount of money wasted on this ridiculous so-called Affordable Health Care Act, everyone in the US could have been covered for years if Obama would have just paid the hospitals to accept everyone and not charge the individual. This is costing our economy so much money and it's never going to work. You really think the lazy slobs who sucked off the rest of the people are really going to go out and "purchase" health care now? Really??

    November 15, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Greenspam

    I heard all kinds of porks were added to the bill.. once again.

    November 15, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. MNClownfactory

    How can these clowns keep wasting our tax money on votes and bills that will go No Wher!! The only democrats that signed are doing so for political reasons within their own hard fought or right leaning districts. I am sick of one vote after another and one law suite after another for 2 yrs now being submitted to do the same thing. Undermine healthcare for all Americans. What is the problem with Americans having health care?

    November 15, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. vbscript2

    "Um. He has experience. How exactly does one get "experience" to be a President unless one is running for a second term?"

    Being a Governor or at least having run some organization of significant size would be a good start. Having demonstrated the ability to actually lead rather than play every single issue for political gain would also be nice, though Obama is hardly the only person in Washington guilty of that. Both major parties' national leaderships are completely devoid of any real leaders right now. They both care only about trying to score political points and pay back their campaign donors, not about actually working to solve the problems that face our nation.

    November 15, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. ken patson

    Sounds like bi-partisan support. So the GOP has a plan that will help, will Dems obstruct? of course

    November 15, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. giggy

    Who are those 40 democrats that are not really democrats.

    November 15, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. American Fruit Fly Memory

    GOP shut govt down cause 24 billion in damages to the economy? One month ago world was ending, today NO prob. Health care website down causing zero economic pain? Today the world is ending. No worries however since the tard american memory is that of a fruit fly this will be forgotten as well. Obama will finish his second term and another democrat will take his place in 2016 since 3 years from now, nobody will care about this news cycle.

    November 15, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. copanut

    This is such a joke. The plans that would be extended are horrible plans and virtually everyone affected would be far better off in terms of both policy and price with an ACA plan. It's all just political posturing for the ignorant.

    November 15, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Chris

    So the House puts into writing what Obama said he wants, and then he threatens a veto of it. I bet there are 60 votes in the Senate to pass it, but Mr Reid will table it again so it won't be voted on. This is why Clinton was a better president than Obama. Clinton knew how to work with the opposition.

    November 15, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Steve Miller

    Why not! Go ahead and delay getting 3 million young healthy people to sign up by March 2014 – when ACA goes into a death spiral and collapses from lack of a pool to payout anything. Obama is killing his own pride and joy for his legacy.

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

    Abandon ship!!!!

    November 15, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Mangomano

    Like most of the House GOP bills it will be DOA in the senate. They sure seem to spend a lot of time chasing their own tails. Breaking News! The House GOP passes a bill making Elvis President...

    November 15, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Jason

    The truth is out on how the president and congressional democrats planned on destroying health care. The issue has always been cost and not access. Add to that the FACT that the young are not and will not buy into the PONZI scheme of supporting the sick and old. The younger generation is more libertarian or independent after being burned by the president and his hope/change lie from 2008 campaign. I know my kids are that way now because neither can get a decent job and believed in the hype.

    November 15, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Dennis Freeman

    So what? This is just another version of what the House has tried about 40 other times and it will go nowhere.

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

    When did this world decide that compromise was weakness and deserved condemnation? I am pro ACA overall but I am fine with realizing its not perfect. Government is supposed to function like this. Come on people. Can we please admit that no one person or party has the right answers all the time?

    November 15, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Anthony Talbert

    "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..."

    So, according to Mr. Obama, those 39 Democrats who voted for the bill are trying to "undermine the integrity of the law"?
    It is time for Mr. Obama to drop some of his arrogance and try to do the job for which he was elected and not try to be a dictator.

    And, if the " Democratic-controlled Senate" refuses to bring up the House bill or votes it down by party lines the Democrats need to be ready for what will happen next November. One third of the Senate is up for re-election.

    November 15, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. The Worm, Jr.

    Pelosi voted for it, but will be reading it later....

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

    If the Senate would take this House bill up and vote for it, and if the President would sign it, Obamacare would be partially converted to a 'government option'.

    For about 2 years.

    People would choose. Obamacare, standing on it's own, has the opportunity to sell itself to the American people.

    November 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Anna

    "Obama will veto the measure if it reaches his desk, saying the Republican plan would undermine the integrity of the law" - Now that's the Obama we know! Mephistopheles in the flesh!

    November 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. IM WITH ORANGESUNSHYNE

    Let us do much better with primaries and candidates..Its always choosing between two people that nobody truly wants.
    Obama did not and does not have enough experience to be president.

    November 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. goblackhawks

    No the ROmney plan was for 1 state (smaller group of people). Mitt Romney also knows how business works .. Obama knows how to vote present ... I find it funny that Obama and his "folks" spent all last year saying he was evil and hated the "little guy" now they use his plan to defend Obama ... you Obamabots are midless trolls

    November 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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