Skip to comments.‘Keep Your Plan’ bill puts Obama in bind (Democratic unity is cracking)
Posted on 11/09/2013 5:18:13 PM PST by Libloather
House Republicans are pouncing on President Obamas apology for cancelled insurance plans to push him into backing legislation that would change ObamaCare.
The president on Thursday said he was sorry that Americans were losing their healthcare plans despite his frequent assurances that individuals with insurance could keep them.
Obama said he was seeking an administrative fix, but Republicans say they have a ready-made solution in the Keep Your Plan bill that they plan to bring up for a vote next week.
A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the president cant address the problems plaguing the healthcare law through executive action alone. He said Obama should back the House bill, which would grandfather in all health insurance plans that existed as of Jan. 1, 2013.
"We are highly skeptical that there is anything the president can do administratively to keep his pledge that would be both legal and effective," said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck.
"Thats why he should work with Congress and support bipartisan legislation that fulfills his promise and allows insurance companies to continue offering the plans that so many Americans like and can afford.
The bill puts Obama in a tough spot.
Democrats have stood firm against major changes to the healthcare law since it was passed, fearing it would open the door to a slew of attacks Republicans designed to cripple it.
But Democratic unity is cracking amid the troubled rollout of the healthcare law.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has introduced a similar "Keep Your Plan" bill in the Senate with the support of fellow Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.).
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who is facing a tough reelection race in 2014, endorsed the Keep Your Plan late Thursday along with Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who is also up next year. Other vulnerable Democrats could follow suit.
Obama, for his part, didnt rule out supporting the House bill when he was asked about it on Thursday.
"We're looking at a range of options," Obama said.
The White House might have to reject the House bill because of the impact it could have on ObamaCare.
The legislation could reduce the number of healthy young Americans purchasing comprehensive plans, potentially driving up costs for sicker individuals seeking insurance on the ObamaCare exchanges.
But Republicans sense they have an advantage now that Obama has conceded the healthcare law is in need of repair.
If the president is sincerely sorry that he misled the American people, the very least he can do is support this bipartisan effort, Boehner said in a statement Thursday night. Otherwise, this apology doesnt amount to anything.
The White House has been thrown on the defensive by the fallout from the keep your plan promise, and has been struggling to respond as millions of Americans have received letters informing them that their plans have been dropped.
The issue dogged the president even as he traveled to New Orleans Friday for an event on infrastructure and the economy. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) told reporters on a White House conference call Thursday that he supported the Keep Your Plan bill.
Obama is clearly looking to repair the damage, and on Thursday said hes assigned my team to see what we can do to close some of the holes and gaps in the law.
But it's unclear where the administration will go from here.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said the administration hopes to assist people whose health insurance is canceled, but has no specific option right now, according to Reuters.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest similarly refused on Friday to detail what type of administrative solutions were in the works.
This one is gonna hurt.
End that POS now. It’s 100% dead.
The need to repeal Obaamcare in its entirety should be obvious to everyone in Congress.
What are they waiting for?
Right on, right on. Nix it...don’t fix it!!
“ .Obama has conceded the healthcare law is in need of repair.”
It is not in need of repair, it needs to be thrown out!!!
Oh great, instead of killing the boondoggle, they’re going to fix it.
Boehner: We got a bill.
White House: We got nuthin.
Only dumbasses think they can control 1/6 of the economy. The ‘Rats and RINOs will never give in. The purge is on.
Instead of killing socialist legislation, they want to "make it work better."
It's their turn to feed at the trough next year.
If Obama is worried about it he must be worried on the golf Course, cause that’s where he spent the day.
I should be so worried.
Yep. They're one big, bloated happy political party. They're all Republicrats. They all need to be replaced.
The Dems, the Dems, the Dems are on fire. We don’t need no water the Democrats burn.
Theyre genuinely surprised, but at what are they surprised? They couldnt possibly be surprised that the obviously unworkable mechanics of Obama Care and a shoddily thrown together website arent working, so whats going on here?
Could it be that Obama Care was never intended to get this far and was a Red Herring all along? As Obama Care was such an obviously unworkable plan, the Democrats knew the Republicans would find a way to prevent it from ever coming to fruition, and the Democrats would be left with the issue. Obama could then demonize the Republicans for preventing affordable medical care for every American citizen and use it to rally his base at election time.
However, as it turned out, they either overestimated the Republican Party, or the Republicans saw this disaster coming and just stepped aside and let the Democrat Party shoot themselves in the foot.
I have not heard an explanation of how this would work. How are they going to make insurance companies keep providing plans that existed before Obamacare? How are they going to resurrect plans that have already been canceled? What are they going to do to allow companies to keep their plans as they were, without all the costs involved with complying with Obamacare? I don’t see how such legislation is even workable, within the context of Obamacare existing. The only solution is to get rid of it completely.
This debacle could not happen to a nicer political party that since antebellum times was bent on degrading humanity in one manner or another.
God says “Hey Donks. I’m getting the last laugh now!” Ps. 2:4
Not that the GOP is so swell, but it at least managed to get evil more slowly. It will be easier to make something semi decent of it.
How do we define it, ‘gi?
As prime raw material for a laughing stock!
Because they’re going to change the law that changed that law, before they ever changed the original law. Got it?
Either Congress scraps it or they get scrapped. Just a matter of time.
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