A debate is underway among Republicans as to the best way to
deal with the dismantling of the health insurance policies of millions of
Americans caused by the implementation of the disastrous Affordable Health Care
Act commonly called, Obamacare.
Some feel that Republicans should not contribute in any way
with attempts to “fix” aspects of Obamacare, leaving Democrats to face the
consequences of their folly. Others,
including myself, believe that this would cause immense damage to millions of
Americans who have not yet lost their insurance, and would be short-sighted and
Probably nothing can be done, without committing billions
more in taxes, to help the people who have already had their insurance
cancelled, but there is a way to help those facing cancellation in the future
and also defeat Obamacare: the ‘If You
Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan Act.
Another Democrat signs on to ‘if you
like your plan, you can keep it’ legislation
Oregon Sen. Jeff
Merkley on Wednesday became the latest non-red state Democrat to sign on to
co-sponsor a bill that’s intended to make good on President Barack Obama’s
promise that “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”
The Keeping the
Affordable Care Act Promise Act is being sponsored by Democratic Louisiana Sen.
Mary Landrieu, and before Tuesday, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, West Virginia
Sen. Joe Manchin, and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor had already signed on. Landrieu,
Hagan, and Pryor all face tough re-election campaigns in red-leaning states.
On Tuesday night,
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein became the first non-red state
Democrat to sign on, explaining in a statement, “Since the beginning of
September, I have received 30,842 calls, emails and letters from Californians,
many of whom are very distressed by cancellations of their insurance policies
and who are facing increased out-of-pocket costs.”
“I believe consumers
should be allowed to choose their plans, and they should be adequately informed
about those choices. Consumers must be told what their coverage does and does
not include so families don’t find themselves paying for an insurance policy
they believe is comprehensive when in fact it is not,” she said.
Merkley, on Wednesday,
added his name to the list of co-sponsors. Merkley is up for re-election next
year, but in Oregon, a state that is
generally favorable to Democrats.
A growing number of
Democrats are calling on the White House to make good on the promise that
Americans could keep their plans if they liked it, as many Americans are being
notified that their plans will be cancelled.
On Wednesday, former
President Bill Clinton said, ”even if it takes a change to the law, the
president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those
people and let them keep what they got.”
Oregon Democratic Rep.
Kurt Schrader said this weekend that the president had been “grossly misleading
to the American public” when he said people could keep their plans, and
Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer again acknowledged that Obama “should have
The House will
vote on a similar bill on Friday, sponsored by Michigan Rep. Fred Upton.
comments are worth noting:
legislation the GOP House members should offer up is the "If You Like Your
Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan Period" containing the provision that as long
as the customer wishes to keep their insurance active by paying the premiums,
and there is no end date (effectively defunds ObamaCare). No more needs to be
contained in the bill. It would accomplish a number of goals: 1) The GOP House
members would be forcing the Democrats in the House & BHO to own their
campaign words; 2) Force the Senate Democrats up for 2014 election to own their
campaign words; 3) if the Senate refuses to bring it forward for a vote the GOP
House members and US Senate candidates can pound the Democrats for their
refusal to even vote; 4) if it is brought up for a vote and fails on a party
line vote the GOP has almost ready-made commercials to run against the Dems;
and 5) if it should pass the Senate and land on BHO's desk he can choose to
veto it or sign it. Another added benefit would be BHO having to actually make
a decision. All in all a winning strategy.
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