39 House Democrats Join GOP to Pass ObamaCare Fix

Measure seen as attempt to torpedo health law
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2013 1:18 PM CST
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., center, leaves the office of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill Friday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – More bad news for President Obama on ObamaCare today: The House passed legislation widely seen as undermining the health-care law, and 39 Democrats joined Republicans in favor, reports the Washington Post. The bill from Michigan Republican Fed Upton would guarantee that people whose policies got canceled under ObamaCare would be able to keep them. President Obama addressed the problem yesterday with an administrative fix, but Upton's bill goes further. While the president's fix says the plans can remain available for only another year, Upton's measure seeks to keep them around permanently, reports the Hill. (The White House has promised a veto if the bill gets through the Senate, where its prospects are uncertain.)

Some dueling quotes, as noted by the New York Times:

  • Upton: "Cancellation notices are now arriving in millions of mailboxes across the country. It’s cancellation today, sticker shock tomorrow.”
  • Democrat Mike Doyle: “Don’t pretend you care about the American people’s health care here. You just want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democrats are not going to let you do that.”
Most of the Democrats who voted with Republicans face tough re-election fights in which ObamaCare is expected to play a big role. Politico sees their votes as a "major show of disloyalty," though it says the number of defections surely would have been higher had Obama not acted yesterday. (Read more ObamaCare stories.)

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