Friday, 39 House Democrats, unnerved by the botched roll out of Obamacare, joined Republicans in passing a bill that would allow insurance companies to continue selling policies that do not comply with the Obamacare law.
Under the bill, which passed the Republican-led House 261-157, insurance companies would be allowed to reverse cancellations and sell new policies to anyone for the next year, according to a Fox News report.
President Obama, under fire from Republicans, Democrats and a public revolt for going back on his promise that Americans could keep their policies and doctors, came out with an administrative fix that would only allow companies to reinstate already cancelled policies for a year should they choose to. Industry experts and Republicans say that Obama’s fix to his own broken promise does not go far enough.
The bill’s s sponsor, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., suggested Obama “could 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 (Mr. Obama’s) executive order is going to be tested?"
Republicans in the House have also questioned the judicial integrity of such sweeping executive orders made by Obama, whom, like many Democrats, is looking for convenient political cover. Mr. Obama’s poll numbers have plummeted into the 30s since the Obamacare roll out.
The White House has already vowed to veto the House bill, suggesting it goes too far. Before the vote, Republicans turned away a House Democratic alternative that would have pared back the GOP bill.
“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 already received cancellation notices.