Are Democrats Preparing to Cut Into Obamacare?
The Affordable Care Act arrived amid a storm of Republican criticism and displeasure, but recently, with some of the more publicly unfortunate aspects of the laws implementation, some Democrats are edging towards Republican displeasure. More specifically, some Democrats are considering more seriously those proposals that would allow American’s losing their present health insurance coverage to keep it — according to the New York Times. Some of the main Obamacare issues being picked at right now involve the website failures, security risks, and low enrollment rates.
The bill, headed for the House of Representatives Friday, would allow U.S. citizens to keep the health coverage they are about to loose up through 2014, with no repercussions. Representative Fred Upton takes credit for the proposal, and is strongly disliked by the Obama administration — who say that it would cut away at what the Affordable Care Act is trying to accomplish. The White House claims that it would make it possible for insurance agencies to sell health care at a lower quality than the president has been working for.
According to the New York Times though, many Democrats in the House are saying they may support Upton’s measure if there is no alternative given on the part of President Barack Obama. Wednesday brought with it many accusations from Democrats concerned with the promises Obama made, and many feel, failed to keep in regards to the healthcare legislation.
“I’m frustrated in how it rolled out, and I let them know in no uncertain terms. The point I was making in caucus to the administration is don’t give us this techno-babble that you’re going to do some administrative fix down the road. There’s a bill being put on the floor on Friday,” said Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pa.).
Even with that sentiment, Doyle admits that he doesn’t like the measure soon to hit the House. “I think the Upton bill is terrible, but we need something else to vote for in order to keep our word to the American people. We told people in those plans that they were grandfathered in, and if they wanted to stay in them, they could, and we need to honor that,” said Doyle.
The president spoke Thursday on the matter, admitting that, “I think it’s fair to say the rollout has been rough so far,” but re-stating his promise that Americans would be allowed to keep their health insurance policies for a year. “Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll. This fix won’t solve every problem, but it will help a lot people,” he said, according to USA Today. The president said that he opposed the latest House measure.
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