Dems Plot Mutiny Over 'Keep Your Plan' Fail
Calls for prez to make good on ObamaCare promise grow among own ranks
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2013 7:48 AM CST
Updated Nov 14, 2013 8:00 AM CST
President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak at the 2013 Tribal Nations Conference, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the Interior Department Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – The ObamaCare rollout has been a mess, and many congressional Democrats are readying the lifeboats in advance of abandoning ship. Writing for Yahoo News, Chris Moody says they're "scrambling to cover their hides before next year’s midterm elections." The Hill's headline paints a slightly more intense picture: "House Dems about to 'go crazy.'" At the heart of their frustration: The Americans set to lose their current insurance policy because of ObamaCare. The House plans to vote tomorrow on a bill put forth by GOP Rep. Fred Upton that would let Americans keep their current plan, penalty-free, through next year—and some Democrats are now indicating they may support it unless the White House comes up with what the New York Times calls a "satisfactory alternative." The Times notes the bill already has two Democratic co-sponsors: Georgia's John Barrow and North Carolina's Mike McIntyre.

Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle calls the Upton bill "terrible," but says "we need something else to vote for in order to keep our word to the American people." Two such "something elses" are taking shape in the Senate: Democrat Mary Landrieu's proposal would let people keep their current health insurance permanently but pushes them to move to better insurance, reports the Times; Democrat Mark Udall's bill would let them keep it for two years. Landrieu points out that her bill is no cousin of Upton's. "That bill guts the Affordable Care Act ... and [I] would urge the Democrats in the House not to support it. My bill is not meant to undermine the Affordable Care Act; it’s meant to strengthen it." Jay Carney says the president's team is working on "options for him to review," but there's no word if those will be made public before the House vote tomorrow.

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TwoSheds
Nov 14, 2013 11:00 PM CST
The government will spend billions buying insurance plans that are basically worthless because the plan will only cover 60% of a million dollar hospital bill. They could have taken the same amount of money and provided people with health care instead of "insurance"
Ed_LV
Nov 14, 2013 10:27 PM CST
Can't change it, its the law of the land. You're stuck with this turd, and Odipshit is a racist AND hates women for trying to change it now.
Pragmatist
Nov 14, 2013 12:54 PM CST
It's gotta be really tough backtracking on this... ... lots of costs & impacts due to cancellations of policies stemming from new government-created regulations ... coupled with lots of costs & impacts due to designing/pricing/issuing the many new policy contracts stemming from new government-created regulations ... coupled with lots of costs & impacts due to reversing cancelled contracts back into active contracts stemming from newer government decrees attempting to correct the negative consequences of new government-created regulations ... coupled with lots of costs & impacts associated with a FUBAR government-created contract brokerage service Seems to be quite a bit for politicians, citizens and insurance companies to weather