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WASHINGTON (AP) — Little more than a week after millions of consumers received health care cancellation notices, lawmakers in both parties are pushing legislation to redeem President Barack Obama's long-ago pledge that anyone liking their coverage will be allowed to keep it under the nation's controversial new law.
In the Republican-controlled House, officials say a vote is likely as early as next week on a bill to let insurors continue selling any individual policies that were in effect on Jan. 1, 2013, even if they provide coverage deemed insufficient under Obamacare.
While Upton's legislation permits insurers to sell existing coverage plans that would otherwise be banned, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is drafting legislation to go one step further by requiring it.
Her measure also requires insurers to explain areas in which the coverage falls short of the law's requirements, and notify consumers they may be able to find an alternative plan that meets the requirements.
“This resolution is a political stunt,” replied Senator Max Baucus, who eventually denounced Obamacare as a “train wreck.” Back then, however, the Montana Democrat continued, “This resolution is an attempt by the other side to dismantle the new health-care-reform law piece by piece. . . . This resolution invites the insurance companies to continue to put profits before patients.”
“The administration published a regulation that will fundamentally change the health-insurance plans of millions of Americans,” Enzi explained as the Senate debated this measure on September 29, 2010. “The reality of this new regulation is, if you like what you have, you can’t keep it.”
“If we pass the resolution, millions of Americans will be spared from paying higher health-care costs as a result of new federal mandates,” Enzi added. “If we pass the resolution, small businesses across the country will not have to drop health insurance for their workers. . . . I even have letters from people who have individual situations, and they are concerned as well.”
These were all the nay votes that said you may not keep your insurance:
Akaka (D-HI) Baucus (D-MT) Bayh (D-IN) Begich (D-AK) Bennet (D-CO) Bingaman (D-NM) Boxer (D-CA) Brown (D-OH) Burris (D-IL) Cantwell (D-WA) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA) Conrad (D-ND) Dodd (D-CT) Dorgan (D-ND) Durbin (D-IL) Feingold (D-WI) Feinstein (D-CA) Franken (D-MN) Gillibrand (D-NY) Goodwin (D-WV) Hagan (D-NC) Harkin (D-IA) Inouye (D-HI) Johnson (D-SD) Kaufman (D-DE) Kerry (D-MA) Klobuchar (D-MN) Kohl (D-WI) Landrieu (D-LA) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Leahy (D-VT) Levin (D-MI) Lieberman (ID-CT) Lincoln (D-AR) McCaskill (D-MO) Menendez (D-NJ) Merkley (D-OR) Mikulski (D-MD) Murray (D-WA) Nelson (D-FL) Nelson (D-NE) Pryor (D-AR) Reed (D-RI) Reid (D-NV) Rockefeller (D-WV) Sanders (I-VT) Schumer (D-NY) Shaheen (D-NH) Specter (D-PA) Stabenow (D-MI) Tester (D-MT) Udall (D-CO) Udall (D-NM) Warner (D-VA) Webb (D-VA) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wyden (D-OR)