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. Sunflower52

    Here's an idea for a change to the ACA. If you want to exercise your "right" NOT to get insurance then the law should give the hospitals the right to refuse treatment to the uninsured with collateral i.e. house, car, boat, etc. So use your "right" that you now have, but do the rest of us a favor and DON'T go to the ER if you or yours are sick or injured. Use roots, berries, or wave feathers over your ill child, but don't penalize the insured and the taxpayers with higher premiums or taxes. Maybe you will prove Darwin right...only the strong survive. You're nothing more than blood sucking leeches, just like the people you so disapprove of, the ones on Medicaid and food stamps. You're just as much a bunch of losers as you imagine them to be. I have insurance just like the politicians that are so opposed to any healthcare plan (or else by now they would have an alternative plan for us to see) so I really could give less than a damn if you uninsured get any. What do they say? Live free or die. Well go ahead and live free by exercising your "right" to choose to get insurance or not and when you get deathly ill...go for the rest of the saying and die.

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

    I keep seeing people post things like "this is the same plan Republicans voted for with Romney" (Truthbetold). I would like for you or someone to defend that statement. Show point by point how the two laws are the same. That requires that you read both laws. Have you done so? Demonstrate a complete understanding of both laws and prove they are the same. Thank you.

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

    Bye dems

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

    What a sad lot we have here in America. We are divided so easily over these issues that have been plaguing our society for so long. While the few benefit from our disarray. The ACA was not the best solution to our rising health care costs. A single payer system would have been better and it would have worked. I do think it is quite telling that the states that did set up the exchanges have done far better with enrollment than those that did not. If we truly a United States we could accomplish much. While we infight the world leaves us behind to our petty, short sighted and poorly thought out problems.

    November 15, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    It's about time politicians don't vote party lines .. I just wish they'd stop voting for their re-elections!

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

    First smart decision the House GOP has made in a while. With Clinton’s recent comments and the (countless) problems with the Obama administration, this is a way for them put the blame on the Democrats who don’t pass this legislation and in the long-shot chances it passes they’ll get the credit for it. And while many don’t think it goes far enough, I think even this relatively common sense measure getting shot down will really hurt the Dems in the upcoming elections even more than doing everything to defund Obamacare (which got them in trouble in the first place because of what they risked for that)

    November 15, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. www.twitter.com/hlmelsaid

    Loyality affaire.

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

    Otrama....on the stump...get to keep your current insurance.....whoops I lied your cancelled....whoops ok I'll give you 1...that's one more year .On behalf of John Q public...shove the year you liars.
    Businesses get a one year exemption from Otrama-care....John Q public...your fine is on the way for non-compliance!
    How about we defund the I.R.S....no administrator of Otrama-care, no execution of the tax/law, pure and simple!

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

    I think the President should simply veto the bill and reorganize his cabinet to get some new and better advise on issues. He needn't get rattled by this setback but press ahead with determination to fix his own house!!! Unless of course he had ignored what his staff was telling him!!! Only the President knows which direction he should go!!!

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

    Not a blow for Obama. Another blow for the lunatic GOP in the House.

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

    Wait a minute... Isn't this what Mr. Obama said he was going to do yesterday. This is what congress needed to do to make the change legal. Now he wants to Veto the measure....Which is it Mr. Obama.....are you here to help the American people....or are you just trying to make yourself look like you're helping.....Looks like it's just another lie to me....

    Signed
    A Voter

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

    Listen to common sense Senate

    November 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Mike

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.

    November 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. just asking

    rad666
    "undermine the integrity of the law"
    Didn't Obama do that when he issued waivers?
    -–

    or when he lied endlessly about numerous things to get this joke of a law passed. there is no integrity in obamacare to lose! there is also no integrity in obama to lose!

    November 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Luke,AZ

    Why do Republicans want to keep their junk policies ? Why do Republicans want to keep people from obtaining affordable healthcare ? It's time for what happened to Republicans in Virginia to happen to Republicans across the nation. Repeal and Replace the tea party in 2014.

    November 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Average Joe

    Obama is an Idiot going down in flames in the eyes of the entire world.

    November 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Tom

    Jason,

    Ponzi scheme to support the old and sick? LOL!

    That is the definition of SOCIETY. Want to be in a society with all the protections and securities, this is the price.

    Duh! Ignorant fools that think they can do it all on their own. Shows the lack of real, life experience of the TEA Party and Libertarians.

    Besides you can all just leave and go to Mexico if you want a Libertarian Utopia.

    November 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    No wonder the house is controlled by the GOP; Democrat Senators are cowards who threw the President under the bus. They don't deserve to be re elected.

    November 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. jeff579

    giggy

    Who are those 40 democrats that are not really democrats.
    --------–

    Easy, the intelligent ones.

    November 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Guest

    We have freedom in America? why can't they sell any kind of policy they want.

    November 15, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Jdalco

    you can not save or fix this mess. REPEAL IT NOW and IMPEACH him for doing this!

    November 15, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    Wait so he comes out saying he wants to let this happen yet silently says he will veto it. I am confused.

    November 15, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. finfan79

    Obamacare doesn't work unless everyone is in the pool. The pool by design pushes costs from the sick to the healthy. Obama has been lying for the past 4 years and now when the truth comes out, he chooses to cower behind a fake fix. If you believe in your law, then stand behind it Mr. President. If you don't believe in it, then lets scrap the dang thing and move on with our lives.

    November 15, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. c

    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.

    ----

    It is working quite well in Massachusetts (AKA Romneycare) and the start up there did not go much smoother than it has at the national level. Same with Medicare Part D nationally in 2003.. Difference is both parties worked to fix the systems where needed, rather than poorly disguising attempts to sabotage them.

    November 15, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Organic1

    Punk Dems – have no idea what to do, so they tail in with the GOP, 'save us' 'save us' they cry out. The entire Congress should be fired...

    November 15, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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