Today the “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013,” sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 261-157. The tally included 39 ayes from House Democrats.
The executive summary of the bill reads as follows: “H.R. 3350 allows providers to continue to offer in 2014 those health insurance plans in effect in the individual market as of January 1, 2013. The plans will be treated as grandfathered health plans for purposes of Section 1501(b).”
This bill is an immediate response to Barack Obama’s statement yesterday to the millions of Americans who were notified by mail that their existing health care plans were officially canceled. In the address, Obama promised that “[i]nsurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014” because of failures with the website and the rollout in general.
Despite making that pledge—and admitting the administration fumbled the rollout—the president has threatened to veto the bill, exhibiting a “my way or the highway” approach. If he’s going to admit defeat on Obamacare, it seems, it'll have to be on his terms.
Meanwhile, Upton’s bill even has Nancy Pelosi saying that it effectively “pulls the plug on the Affordable Care Act,” or at least it could if it gets through the Senate—which remains to be seen.