Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) that will allow individuals to “keep their health insurance plans,” a concept that was pushed by President Barack Obama and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), but was found to be a broken promise from Obamacare.
A nearly 25 Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the bill known as the Employee Health Care Protection Act.
The legislation would again make it legal for insurers to sell group health insurance plans that don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum requirements — in effect making President Obama’s last-minute, unilateral extension of canceled plans into law.
“This legislation is about keeping a promise and doing right by the American people,” said Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who introduced the act. “Let’s keep the promise to middle class workers and ensure that if they like their healthcare plan, they can keep it.”
Cassidy’s bill is extremely similar to a bill that Landrieu said she would get passed in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but has only introduced it thus far. Much like the Keystone Pipeline, offshore drilling revenue sharing reform and the Red Snapper fishing regulations, Landrieu failed to get her ‘Obamacare fix’ bill to come up for a vote.
Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman Ben Voelkel said the failure by Landrieu to get her bill through the Senate which would fix an overhaul of the healthcare system, which she voted for, proves she cannot deliver on her promises.
“Voters want more than a senator who only talks about getting things done – they want someone who can deliver results for Louisiana instead of President Obama,” said Voelkel. Senator Landrieu delivers for her constituents in DC, but with the Keystone Pipeline and other priorities, Landrieu repeatedly comes up empty when it comes to delivering for the people she is supposed to represent in Louisiana.”
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.”
However, these plans will most likely never come to fruition.