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Houses Approves Canceled Health Insurance, View Vote Breakdown List

The House on Friday approved a bill to allow insurers to sell canceled health insurance plans that had been canceled due to ObamaCare regulations.

The vote came a day after President Obama announced he would unilaterally attempt to fix the problem, but Obama capitulated after the vote had been scheduled Tuesday.

The bill passed 261-157, with 39 Democrats crossing over to support the GOP-backed legislation (View for the vote breakdown below), who previously supported opposing the effort before and during the government shutdown. Only after Republicans’ predictions that the law would negatively harm Americans coming to fruition, did these Democrats make a politically calculated decision.

The bill approved by the Republican-controlled House would go further than the plan Obama by allowing insurance companies to sell the old plans to customers who previously had them, as well as new customers, but only for another year. Obama’s plan would only apply to those customers enrolled in the plans before the cancellation notices went out.

However, Republicans, in bringing the bill to the floor on Friday, underscored that President Obama does not even have the constitutional authority to make those changes on his own. President Obama previously and unilaterally exempted his crony friends from compliance with the law, which many on the right criticized before the shutdown.

House Speaker John Boehner said he’s “highly skeptical that they can do this administratively.”

The legislation’s sponsor, Michigan Republican and Chairman Fred Upton, also raised the question whether or not Obama could or would simply reverse course a few weeks or months down the road. Upton told Fox News that his bill is a “better answer — because who knows how his executive order is going to be tested?”

President Obama has already vowed to veto the House bill, despite claiming he wants to remedy his broken promise, disguising his opposition with suggestions the bill goes too far. Prior the vote, Republicans turned away a Democratic alternative that would have taken the teeth out of the GOP bill, because it wouldn’t have addressed the real cause of the problem nor its already devastating ramifications.

The bill may be a great gesture, but neither so-called “fix” will actually undo the damage ObamaCare has and will cause. In fact, both are likely to cause problems for the insurance industry and state-level commissioners, further exacerbating the negative impacts of an already-failed law.

Amid Obama’s announcement on Thursday, they complained that they were unsure how to implement the change, if at all, considering cancellation notices have already gone out and rates have already been set for 2014 in many states.

Obama plans to meet with insurance industry executives Friday afternoon, after they fired back at the Obama administration for trying to dump the blame on them.

“What we want to do is to be able to say to these folks, you know what, the Affordable Care Act is not going to be the reason why insurers have to cancel your plan,” Obama said of the millions who have received cancellation notices. But the fact, is that insurers are merely following the law, a law that is designed to throw off those private holders so that high risk pools do not drive up premiums even further.

Only last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a Senate panel she doubted that retroactively permitting insurers to sell canceled policies after all “can work very well since companies are now in the market with an array of new plans. Many have actually added consumer protections in the last 3 1/2 years.”

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 587
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

H R 3350      RECORDED VOTE      15-Nov-2013      1:34 PM
QUESTION:  On Passage
BILL TITLE: Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013

 

AYES NOES PRES NV
REPUBLICAN 222 4 4
DEMOCRATIC 39 153 8
INDEPENDENT
TOTALS 261 157   12

—- AYES    261 —
 

Aderholt
Amash
Amodei
Bachmann
Bachus
Barber
Barletta
Barr
Barrow (GA)
Barton
Benishek
Bentivolio
Bera (CA)
Bilirakis
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Braley (IA)
Brooks (AL)
Brooks (IN)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Burgess
Bustos
Calvert
Camp
Cantor
Capito
Carter
Cassidy
Chabot
Chaffetz
Coble
Coffman
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Conaway
Cook
Costa
Cotton
Cramer
Crawford
Crenshaw
Culberson
Daines
Davis, Rodney
DeFazio
DelBene
Denham
Dent
DeSantis
DesJarlais
Diaz-Balart
Duckworth
Duffy
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Ellmers
Enyart
Esty
Farenthold
Fincher
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Fleming
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallego
Garamendi
Garcia
Gardner
Garrett
Gerlach
Gibbs
Gibson
Gingrey (GA)
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Gowdy
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grimm
Guthrie
Hanna
Harper
Harris
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Heck (NV)
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Holding
Hudson
Huelskamp
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurt
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, Sam
Jordan
Joyce
Kelly (PA)
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger (IL)
Kline
Kuster
Labrador
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Lance
Lankford
Latham
Latta
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Long
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Maffei
Maloney, Sean
Marchant
Marino
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McClintock
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
Meadows
Meehan
Messer
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Mullin
Mulvaney
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Neugebauer
Noem
Nolan
Nugent
Nunes
Nunnelee
Olson
Owens
Palazzo
Paulsen
Pearce
Perry
Peters (CA)
Peters (MI)
Peterson
Petri
Pittenger
Pitts
Poe (TX)
Pompeo
Posey
Price (GA)
Radel
Rahall
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Ribble
Rice (SC)
Rigell
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Rokita
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Rothfus
Royce
Ruiz
Runyan
Ryan (WI)
Salmon
Sanford
Scalise
Schneider
Schock
Schrader
Schweikert
Scott, Austin
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shea-Porter
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Southerland
Stewart
Stivers
Stockman
Stutzman
Terry
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tipton
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Vela
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walorski
Walz
Weber (TX)
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Williams
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Wolf
Womack
Woodall
Yoder
Yoho
Young (AK)
Young (IN)

—- NOES    157 —
 

Andrews
Bass
Beatty
Bishop (GA)
Blumenauer
Bonamici
Brady (PA)
Bridenstine
Broun (GA)
Brown (FL)
Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Carney
Carson (IN)
Cartwright
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chu
Cicilline
Clarke
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly
Conyers
Cooper
Courtney
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis, Danny
DeGette
Delaney
DeLauro
Deutch
Dingell
Doggett
Doyle
Edwards
Ellison
Engel
Eshoo
Farr
Fattah
Frankel (FL)
Fudge
Gabbard
Grayson
Green, Al
Grijalva
Gutiérrez
Hahn
Hall
Hanabusa
Hastings (FL)
Heck (WA)
Higgins
Himes
Hinojosa
Holt
Honda
Horsford
Hoyer
Huffman
Israel
Jackson Lee
Jeffries
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Kaptur
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilmer
Kirkpatrick
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Levin
Lewis
Lipinski
Lofgren
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Luján, Ben Ray (NM)
Lynch
Maloney, Carolyn
Massie
Matsui
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
Meeks
Meng
Michaud
Moore
Moran
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Negrete McLeod
O’Rourke
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Pingree (ME)
Pocan
Polis
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rangel
Richmond
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Ryan (OH)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schwartz
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Serrano
Sewell (AL)
Sherman
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Speier
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Titus
Tonko
Van Hollen
Vargas
Veasey
Velázquez
Visclosky
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watt
Waxman
Welch
Wilson (FL)
Yarmuth

—- NOT VOTING    12 —
 

Becerra
Campbell
Cárdenas
Gosar
Granger
Green, Gene
Jones
McCarthy (NY)
Miller, George
Rush
Sires
Tsongas

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