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.