A plan to allow individuals under Obamacare to keep their current health insurance plans will not see the light of day, as Senate Democrats blocked the legislation from coming to the Senate floor today for debate.
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) authored the bill and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) attempted to get the plan to on the Senate floor, but Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) objected to the proposal, saying it would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women and individuals with preexisting conditions.
Vitter argued that it would simply make sure the law complies with President Obama’s statement that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.”
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), whom Cassidy is trying to unseat, authored a bill similar to Cassidy’s, but has been unable to even get it on the Senate floor because of her Democrat colleagues.
Back in 2013, Landrieu said her bill would allow individuals to “keep their current health plan at their choice as long as policyholders stay up-to-date with their payments. It will also provide policyholders information from their insurance company as to which parts of the policy do not meet minimum coverage standards made available in new plans, such as hospitalization, laboratory services and prenatal care. This will allow consumers to make informed decisions about their health plans.”