November 15th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
8 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. Robyn

    Why must poor people die of easily curable diseases if they won't give you money, Mr. Boehner? Why?

    November 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Fred Flintstone

    Wilma thinks that obama should get a bottle of "Just for Men". He's looking about 60 yrs old these days.

    November 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Sheeple

    What we don't see is the pork attached to it.

    November 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Eric

    One reason insurers are canceling policies is they no longer qualify as legal policies under the new rules because the new rules specify that insurers can only skim so much profit off of the top. So basically, people are voting to extend policies that don't provide good coverage but are very profitable to the insurers.

    November 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Scott

    So this would give me a choice between registering in the Obamacare exchange which is a train-wreck or renewing/enrolling in a plan I decide is best for me. Hope this passes. I can shop for me own insurance. Get out of my life Obama(Spying, Healthcare etc...)

    November 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Richard Right

    If only the truth would be told. Just watched CNN cable with a Dem explaining this was a small problem effecting only 5% of policy holders or only 11 million people, that's right only 11 million. Sadly the "CNN news lady' didn't even bring up the 93 million people under group policies who will have this start happening in November 2014 when they get notifications their policies will cease in January 2015. Does anyone on the left even care?

    November 15, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. mrkhrrs

    No one would be stupid enough to trust the president with their health care after this. Not even several dozen of his fellow Democrats in the house.

    November 15, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Grace

    President Barak Obama,

    TOUGH TIMES DON'T LAST; TOUGH PEOPLE DO!

    Rome wasn't built in a day; change is never easy.

    Who knew God will make David, an imperfect shepherd boy, one of the greatest Kings of Israel?
    God commands to pray for our leaders, and there are Prayer Warriors all over the world on their knees.

    Time will tell and that Time is in God's Hands.

    STAY BLESSED, President Barak Obama.

    November 15, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. NL

    Wait.....first he is saying he fumbled the rollout, knows he is breaking his promise to the American people and now he is saying that he will veto it if it comes across his desk??? I smell a HYPOCRITE!!

    November 15, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Larry

    As with everything else in the Obama administration, the law of Unintended Consequences once again raises its head. From the NSA (Who'll know?) to Benghazi (its NOT terrorism!) and now ACA – everything's a knee-jerk reaction rather than thoughtful and planned.

    November 15, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Logictox

    This is a band-aid on a mortal wound. One year will do nothing for these people.

    November 15, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Warren
    About 40 Democrats joined nearly every Republican in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
    Time to vote these wimps out of office.
    --

    Oh don't worry buddy!! They are going and a lot of other Democrats are going as well. 2010 is going to look mild compared to what awaits the Democrats in 2014 thanks to Obama and Obamacare.

    November 15, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. styx

    Democrats voted for it?

    Well I guess Obama can't claim it's some sort of GOP "distraction."

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

    Over a million people have lost health coverage under Obamacare.

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

    The Democrats should be ashamed for siding with the GOP, the GOP would never break rank and vote with Democrats. Where are the Democrats ball"s?

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

    Do you think they finally realized that they should have read it before they passed it?

    November 15, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Patrick Portland

    Obama showed his true colors here – because it was a Republican sponsored bill that achieves what should be the main goal, he threatens to veto. Bozo cares nothing about the millions who lost their insurance under this nightmare – it's all about him. WORST PRESIDENT in my lifetime – he should be impeached and removed from office.

    November 15, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. remy730

    i'll be dam... He got the dems and repubs to work together... lol

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

    What's the point proposing such a bill that has no chance passing in Senate or being signed off by the President? The cycle repeats itself as usual.

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

    "Thirty-nine Democrats crossed party lines and joined a nearly unanimous GOP caucus in voting for the bill."
    I can't wait for Oprah to call these Benedict Arnolds racists.

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

    Gurgyl, is the epitome of the liberal left. Just look at how competent he/she is. Proof's in the puddin', there cupcake.

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

    "...the Republican plan would undermine the integrity of the law aimed at providing health coverage to millions of Americans without it."

    But...millions of Americans are LOSING their coverage because of this law. I am convinced our president is mildly retarded.

    November 15, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. are122

    It has little chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate. President Barack Obama will veto it. <~~Once this administration gets a hold of a major disaster they just won’t let go!

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

    Wait a minute-I thought Obama wanted to make things RIGHT by LYING initially-why WOULDN'T he want this to pass? Either he cares or he doesn't. Clearly HE DOESN'T CARE.........

    November 15, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. 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 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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