House will vote next week on Keep Your Health Plan Act

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has announced that the House of Representatives will vote next week on a measure that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance coverage amid a flood millions of cancellation notices.

“Next week, the House will consider the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013, sponsored by ,” Cantor tweeted on Wednesday, later promoting a tweet from the House Energy and Commerce Committee that said the measure “will allow health care plans currently being offered to continue next year, providing choices [and] peace of mind.”

The Keep Your Health Plan Act, H.R. 3350, seeks to stem the insurance cancellations that many Americans are now experiencing because the plans weren’t compliant with the Obamacare’s very strict “grandfathered plan” regulations. The bill currently has 88 co-sponsors, all of whom are Republicans.

Both before and after the passage of the healthcare law, President Obama insisted and promised, on at least 36 separate occasions, that Americans could keep their health plan. It was a central theme in moving Obamacare through Congress. The administration, however, has known for more than three years that this was a baseless promise.

Now that insurers are canceling policies in order to comply with the administration’s one-size-fits-all regulations, President Obama has tried to revise history early this week, realizing the political backlash, telling a crowd of supporters that “what we said was you could keep [your plan] if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” Politifact gave that claim a “Pants on Fire” rating.

But now that President Obama has apologized to Americans who are losing their health plans, Speaker John Boehner said that it’s time for him to keep his promise.

“An apology is certainly in order, but what Americans want to hear is that the president is going to keep his promise. That’s why the House will vote next week to allow anyone with a health care plan they like to keep it,” said Boehner in a statement. “If the president is sincerely sorry that he misled the American people, the very least he can do is support this bipartisan effort. Otherwise, this apology doesn’t amount to anything.”

In 2010, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a resolution of disapproval that would have, if passed, prevented the “grandfathered plan” regulations from going into effect. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats, including vulnerable members, voted against the resolution, ensuring that rules would be implemented and that many health plans would be canceled. The White House threatened to veto the measure.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has introduced similar legislation — the If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act — in the upper chamber. Sen. Marie Landrieu (D-LA), who is vulnerable next year, has also introduced a legislation that would allow Americans to keep their current plan, despite voting for the rules that have caused the cancellations.

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