House Passes Bill to Allow Some Americans to Keep Health Insurance

House Passes Bill to Allow Some Americans to Keep Health Insurance

Bill co-sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger is in reaction to flood of health insurance cancellations following implementation of Obamacare.
Editor's Note:  In a report sent from the House floor listing Democrats which voted for the bill, Rep. Cheri Bustos name was not included.  However, her spokesman says she did indeed vote for the bill.

WASHINGTON, DC - The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill which would allow insurers to continue to offer health plans which do not meet Obamacare insurance standards.  39 Democrats joined with 222 Republicans to pass the legistation, which faces a more uncertain fate in the Senate.  Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) IL-16 was a co-sponsor of the bill and voted for it.  A spokesman for Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) IL-17 says she voted for it as well.  The President has promised to veto it should it get to his desk.

The bill is an attempt to deal with the latest controversy revolving around the Affordable Care Act.  At the time Congress was considering the legislation, President Obama repeated to the American people that "if you like your plan, you can keep it."  However, that turned out not to be true as hundreds of thousands of Americans have received cancellation notices because their plans do not meet minimal insurance standards mandated by Obamacare.
President Obama has responded by saying he would seek administrative action to allow some plans to continue for another year.

The bill sponsored by House Republicans goes further.  According to Rep. Kinzinger, it would allow insurance companies to continue to offer health insurance plans cancelled as a result of Obamacare as long as the plans were in effect on January 1, 2013

"I've heard from moms and dads throughout the Sixteenth District who are losing their plans and don't know how they will provide health insurance for their families next year," said Kinzinger in a news release. "The bill we passed today will give these families the opportunity to keep their plans if they like them. It's time President Obama started listening to the millions of Americans asking for relief from this law and work with Congress to provide a better solution for America's families."
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