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February 8, 2016

White House Rips Upton Obamacare Fix

(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

Carney ripped a Republican proposal to tweak Obamacare. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney torched a House Republican bill aimed at fulfilling President Barack Obama’s promise that people can keep their health care plans if they like them — even as Obama continues to look for a fix of his own.

Carney said that the proposal by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., would allow insurance companies to keep signing up new customers for substandard plans that don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act, not just the people who already have such plans.

“We see that as throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” Carney said, because it would undermine all of the insurance changes in the health care law.

Carney, meanwhile, said that the president has asked his team to find solutions to the plight of those getting cancellation notices on their old plans despite the president’s promise that that would not happen. But the president has yet to decide on what to do to help them. “When he makes a decision, we’ll let you know,” Carney said.

He also ripped the GOP for not having an alternative plan that would end discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, on gender or other mandates in the law.

Moments before Carney ripped into the Upton bill, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters he is “not closed” to supporting it. Democrats have been bracing for a number of defections when the House votes on the bill Friday.

  • Sproing

    I know that nobody cares anymore but the President is NOT empowered to make laws or changes laws at his whim. If it takes a new law or even a modification to the existing law then it will be up to the House or the Senate to start the process depending upon just what they direction they take. Even the addition of subsidies, which would have to start in the house would require Congressional action.

    • BoJud

      I used to believe that an Executive Order was a tool to be used within the Executive Branch. It appears that was not the intent. Especially with this president and many previous presidents as well. In other words, the Constitution be damned! I’ll do what I want and the nation will accept it….or else….. With Obamacare, the taxing portion is the “or else”. What happened to “No taxation without representation”?. We d__n sure don’t have that do we?

  • BoJud

    What are we playing here? It seems that, finally, some of the Democrats are waking up. That what is going on in the White House with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is that they have no real control as to the outcome as presented by the existing plan. But, could it be that was the original intent? A unilateral statement, which is what Obama basically gave, has no weight with the Insurance companies. The are private businesses. Whether Obama likes it or not, some will not go along with his plan where it impacts on their bottom line. Forcing others to end up with an unwanted program, which as of today, still isn’t fixed. It is fraud upon fraud, upon deceit making people unsure as to what they will have at the end.
    I recognize that the IMF, the UN and other outsiders intend to tear this nation apart “for the good of the world”. What I am also seeing is an awakening of more and more people as to the lies being perpetrated by, not only the White House, but the Congress as well. I have for some time believed that we have NO represemtaton there whatsoever. That the majority of Senators and House members are in the pockets of the lobbyists rather than for us! That leaves us to fight our own battles the best we can; with a unified front. And it has to be as Americans first! That applies to all those who think Party affiliation. That is a lot more than just Democrats and Republicans. We have to remember that what is happening affects ALL OF US!!!

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